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OEB speaker Ebba Ossiannilsson

Ebba Ossiannilsson

Vice President, Swedish Association for Distance Education and ICDE, Sweden

Prof Dr. Ebba Ossiannilsson, is the V President for the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE), and the V President for the Swedish Organization for E-Competence (REK). She is the founder and owner of Ossiannilsson Quality in Open Online Learning (QOOL) Consultancy.

Ossiannilsson is an independent researcher, expert, advisor, consultant and quality reviewer in the fields of open online flexible and distance learning, including el-earning, technology enabled learning (TEL), (OOFAT) including OER and MOOCs. Her special focus is on quality, innovation, leadership, personal learning, and learning "just for me".

She has a long career in those areas, since year 2000, she worked at Lund University, Sweden. In addition, she works as a consultant and quality reviewer at several of the prestige national universities.

Prof Ossiannilsson was awarded the EDEN Fellow title in 2014, she became Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015, and in the Council of EDEN Fellows, from 2018.  She became Open Education Europa Fellow in 2015. In 2017 she became ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair and Ambassador, as well as in the ICDE Global Quality Network, Europe.

She is frequently invited as keynote speaker for international, and national conferences, within the areas of OOFAT and quality. She is board member in national and international associations, in the area of open online learning and education (EDEN EC, former EFQUEL, earlier in EUCEN). She was the evaluator of the SEQUENT project on quality, which later become foundation for ENQAs report on quality considerations in e-learning (2018). Ossiannilsson collaborate with the QQI, Irelend, EC ET working group on digital and online learning on quality in OER, MOOCs and open education and with Commonwealth of Learning. She was an expert for IPTS on their work on the framework for open education. Ossiannilsson is a quality reviewer for ICDE as well as for EADTU, ECB Check, and also for former EFQUEL. She Was in the board for LANETO and was among the founders of EPPROBATE. Ossiannilsson was coordinating the ICDE_ON_BOLDIC on behalf of the Swedish Association for Distance Education (SADE). She is in the Board for several scientific Journals and the Editor in the Education Sciences Journal, the topical collection on MOOCs, as well as for the International Journal of Information and Learning Technology, special issue on learning analytic. Ossiannilsson is representing EDEN in ISO, and she works even at national level in SIS/ISO (Swedish Standards Institute /ISO. She has a passion to contribute to open education for a Future We Want for All, as is emphasized by UNESCO for 2030.

Ossiannilsson earned her PhD at Oulu University, Finland in 2012 with a dissertation on Benchmarking e-learning in higher education: lessons learned from international projects. Her dissertation has fortunately had a very large outreach and is often cited. Ossiannilsson’s publications comprise over 200 publications: Conference papers, Journal articles, Book Chapters, Reports, Editor for books, a forthcoming book (Springer on open education) and her dissertation. Ossiannilsson has conducted several research studies in open online learning, including flexible learning, OERs and MOOCs, and personal learning environments. She was the research leader for the ICDE research study on global overview of quality models, and she was the author of the ICDE Insight research report on blended learning, state of the nation. She has conducted several national overview reports, for example, the POERUP, ADOERUP, Global OER Mapping, the IPTS Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening up Education, and for the Open Education Working Group. She was one of the promoters for introducing MOOCs in Sweden, and she has finalized some 40+ MOOCs herself, since its start in 2008. She was invited as Quality expert for the investigation on MOOCs, and for the initiative on pedagogical development in higher education by the Swedish Higher Education Authority (UKÄ).

Ossiannilsson was a senior consultant at Eurekos/Mentorix, Denmark, and serve as a pedagogical consultant and researcher for the Next Generation Digital Learning Envioronment (NGDLE).

Special Recently Research Projects, and Activities on Quality Work in OOFAT, Including References 

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) 

ICDE OER Advocacy Committee, Chair and Ambassador

ICDE Global Quality Network, Europe

The ICDE research study on Quality Models in Online, Open Education Around the Globe: State of the art and recommendations. The study was on behalf of ICDE and Coordinated by EADTU. Ossiannilsson was the research leader for the study team comprised of K Williams, A Camilleri and M Brown

Ossiannilsson, E. (2017). ICDE Insight research report on blended learning. State of the nation. Oslo: ICDE.

Quality Reviewer on Behalf of ICDE for University Terbuka, Indonesia

ICDE_Operational Network BOLDIC, coordinator

The European Distance E-learning Network

EC, and NAP member and Chair Special Interest Group on Quality and Technology Enabled Learning

ISO representing EDEN

The European Association for Distance Teaching Universities 

Evaluator for the Project Supporting Quality in E-learning European Networks (SEQUENT

Quality Reviewer EADTU, Excellence, University of Nicosia

Quality reviewer, EADTU, OpenupEd, University Derby

Member of the Ed board for update of the Excellence manual

Member of the Ed board for updating the OpenupEd manual


Expert, evaluator European Commission

Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, UNIQUe (University of Nicosia)

Quality Reviewer EFQUEL, ECB Check

European Commission ET Working Group on Open and Distance Learning

IPTS Working Group on Open Education Framework, Focus on Quality

Commonwealth of Learning

IPTS Member States Case Studies on Policies for Opening Up Education (2016--)

EUA on Comments for the Directive of the European parliament and of the council on copyright in the Digital Single Market 

QQI, Quality reviewer

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