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Dr Don Olcott Jr


Dr Don Olcott Jr
Consultant: Leadership, Transformational Change and Open and Distance Education

Dr. Don Olcott, Jr., FRSA, is a globally recognised leader, professor and consultant specializing in leadership, transformational change and open and distance education.  He is based in Romania and the U.S. and holds dual Canadian and U.S. citizenship.  He is adjunct full Professor of Educational Leadership and ODL with the University of Maryland Global Campus (USA) and Honorary Professor of ODL at the University of South Africa (Unisa).  In June 2020, 

Don was made a Senior Fellowship of the European Distance & eLearning Network (EDEN).  Dr. Olcott is former Chief Executive of The Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE) in the UK and a past Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).  Dr. Olcott brings over forty years of experience and leadership in open and distance education, higher education, business and the military.      

He was a 2016 Stanley Draczek Outstanding Teaching Award recipient from the University of Maryland Global Campus for excellence in online teaching and learning Dr. Olcott was the 2013 recipient of the International Council of Distance Education (ICDE) Individual Prize of Excellence for his leadership and contributions to global open and distance education.  Dr. Olcott was inducted in to the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) Hall of Fame in May 2014. Dr. Olcott was honoured in 2020 as a global Leader and Legend of Online Learning.   

He has held major leadership and faculty roles globally in the UK, U.S., Australia, UAE, Germany, and Romania and has consulted to universities to universities and governments in numerous countries, including South Africa, Kenya, the UAE; Malaysia, Canada, Indonesia, Germany, Spain, Columbia and more.  He has published and served on the editorial boards of numerous professional journals in open and distance learning.   

Dr. Olcott’s research interests include language and culture in cross-border higher education, sustainable ODL and OER business models, innovative learning design models for ODL and OER, and leadership and innovation in open and distance learning and open educational resources (OER).