Leading digital education post pandemic: Open Leadership and Innovation

Presented by: Emma O Brien

Harris (2020) argues that the pandemic has changed traditional approaches to educational leadership. This session will explore the role of novel leadership models such as open innovation and leadership, e-leadership and crisis and change management (Harris 2020) in the education sector. It will consider how such approaches will support teachers and educational leaders to leverage from existing resources and networks to adopt open pedagogical and innovative approaches that so they can pool resources and skills. Such collaborative models provide the potential alleviate stress and reduce the complexity that teachers and leaders experienced during the pandemic to offer a sustainable leadership model (Fahey et al. 2020).

Presenter Biography:

Dr. Emma O’Brien is an Lecturer in Taught Postgraduate Programmes in Education in Mary Immaculate College and has worked in the area of digital learning, since 2000. Emma is an accomplished researcher and has been Principle Investigator (PI) on several large scale European research projects. Her total funding income as PI amounts to over €1 million in the areas of digital learning, workplace learning, problem and inquiry based learning with over 50 publications in these fields. Emma was previously co-chair of FACILITATE – the national inquiry based learning network