ODL Unplugged: A Question of Care

29 April 2020, 17:00 CEST

EDEN NAP webinar

The webinar will take place in EDEN’s dedicated Adobe Connect room – Join us there!


Registered webinar participants will be awarded by EDEN open badges.

Panel Format:  Conversational and informal


As online and distance learning (ODL) instructors, managers or members of support teams in the current pandemic, we are challenged with a multitude of demands on our time and energy. A central responsibility right now is providing care and support for students and ensuring that they feel safe and secure in their new online learning environments, or supporting teachers so that they are in a position to provide that care. Many of us must also care for our children and/or other family members during the lockdown, in addition to carrying out teaching and other work activities from home. Most importantly, though, we need to find the time and space for self-care: focusing on ensuring that one stays strong and healthy in order to care for others.

During this session, our panel of experts will talk about the topic of care and self-care, particularly within online and distance learning environments. Joining our panel of experts will be Deborah Arnold from AUNEGe in France, Dr. Paul Prinsloo from the University of South Africa, Eszter Salamon from Parents International in The Netherlands, and Dr. Jane Brindley from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.   Moderating the session will be Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., Global Higher Education Consultant from Romania. We look forward to seeing you at the webinar!

Opening Panelist Questions – All Panelists will Answer:

1) What can we learn and transfer from existing experiences in remote working with and managing remote teams to online? What else is needed to ensure self-care and care for others?

2) What insights can we draw from the research on e-leadership and e-management? What other fields can help us (psychology, sociology etc)?


Lisa Marie Blaschke
Senior Fellow and Chair of the Board of EDEN Council of Fellows
Programme Director, Center of Lifelong Learning (C3L), Oldenburg, Germany

Dr. Lisa Marie Blaschke She is a former executive committee member of the European Distance Education and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and is a Senior EDEN Fellow and Chair of the Board of the EDEN Fellows Council. She is also a former adjunct associate professor at the University of Maryland University College, where she received the Stanley J. Drazek Award for Teaching Excellence in 2016. Lisa has a BS in Technical Communication, and two master’s degrees (MDE, MBA), and a PhD. Prior to academia, Lisa worked for SAP for over a decade in Walldorf, Germany, leading and implementing enterprise-wide knowledge management and training processes and solutions. Lisa’s research interests are in the areas of self-determined learning (heutagogy), online collaborative learning, pedagogical application of web 2.0 technology and social media, and user interface design.

You will be joined by speakers:

Deborah Arnold

National and International Projects Coordinator, (Université numérique Economie Gestion)
Digital University for Economics & Management (AUNEGe),  EDEN Senior Fellow and Council of Fellow Board member

What would you like a post-pandemic world to look like?’

Deborah Arnold is National and International Projects Coordinator, Digital University for Economic Management (AUNEGe), France Deborah has over 20 years’ experience in the field of transnational collaboration to support the transformation of learning and teaching through the use of digital technology and media. From 2010 to 2016 she served on the Executive Committee of EDEN (European Distance and E-learning Network) and held the position of Vice- President Communication (2015-2016). She is a Senior Fellow of EDEN and currently serves on the Board of the EDEN Fellows Council. Deborah has a Masters degree in media production, journalism and communication from the University of Burgundy, and is currently completing a PhD on the topic of digital education leadership in higher education at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

Paul Prinsloo
University of South Africa (Unisa), ODL Research
Professor in Open and Distance Education, College of Economic and Management Sciences.

How does one scale, care?

Dr. Paul Prinsloo  is a Research Professor in Open and Distance Learning (ODL) in the Department of Business Management, in the College of Economic and Management Sciences, University of South Africa (Unisa). In 2019, the National Research Foundation (NRF) in South Africa awarded Paul with a B3 rating confirming his considerable international reputation for the high quality and impact of his research outputs. He is also a Fellow of the European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) and serves on several editorial boards. His academic background includes fields as diverse as theology, art history, business management, online learning, and religious studies. Paul is an internationally recognised speaker, scholar and researcher and has published numerous articles in the fields of teaching and learning, student success in distance education contexts, learning analytics, and curriculum development. His current research focuses on the collection, analysis and use of student data in learning analytics, graduate supervision and digital identity.

Eszter Salamon
Director of Parents International

Given the multiple roles of parents as working adults, educators, and carers, what have been and  are the impacts of the pandemic on their well-being?  Which of these will be kept and which discarded once restrictive measures have been lifted?

Eszter Salamon is the Director of Parents International.  She is based in The Netherlands.   Parents International supports  parenting on a global scale.   Eszter was originally  trained and practiced as a teacher,  and later became an economist.   She soon complete her PhD in education leadership. She started dealing with rights of the child issues in 1989 and has specialized in students’ rights and parents’ rights, with focus on education in the past 22 years. She has been involved in international education and social topics and project, primarily focusing on parents – role, engagement, competences – for over a decade.

Jane Brindley
University of British Columbia, Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education.

How do I balance care for my students with self-care? What kinds of institutional support for online teaching should I expect?

Dr. Jane Brindley is a clinical psychologist who has practised in a variety of settings, and taught and supervised graduate students in clinical and counselling psychology, most recently at the University of British Columbia (UBC).  She also has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner, researcher and administrator in open, distance, and online learning where she specialized in the development and evaluation of learner support services. Her focus is on student resilience, mentorship, and social justice.  She has written and taught masters level online courses for UBC and University of Oldenburg, and has worked as a researcher, consultant and trainer in distance and online education in Canada and internationally. As well as being a faculty member, Jane has held a variety of administrative positions in post-secondary settings, including Director of the University of Windsor Centre for Psychological Services, Director of Student Services at Athabasca University, and Special Consultant to The Centre for Innovation in Learning at Contact North/Contact Nord.  Jane also has a long time involvement in the arts and is currently Vice-Chair of the British Columbia Arts Council, She holds an M.A. in Counselling Psychology from UBC, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa.  Publications include “Researching Tutoring and Learner Support” (an online research methods manual for practitioners), “Learning on the Information Highway: A Learner’s Guide to the Technologies” (co-author), and “Learner Support in Open, Distance and Online Learning” (lead editor).