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Ebba Ossiannilsson


Lund, Sweden

Short BIO

I am Ebba Ossiannilsson, Professor Dr. and an independent researcher, expert, consultant, quality assessor and influencer in the fields of open, flexible online and distance learning (OFDL), including e-learning, blended learning and hybrid learning, as well as MOOCs and OER, with a focus on quality and the "new normal.” I have more than 20 years of experience in her field.

My focus is on quality, innovation, leadership and personalized learning. I work primarily at the strategic and policy levels, both nationally and internationally, and with key international organizations. I am committed to promoting and improving OFDL in the context of SDG4, the futures of education and the new social contract for education.

I work for Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition Sweden, EADTU, EDEN, EUCEN, European Commission, Joint Research Center, ICDE, ITCILO, ICoBC, ISO, National Council for Higher Education, Swedish Association for Distance Education, SIS, and UNESCO OER Dynamic Coalition. I am regularly invited as a keynote speaker, guest editor for several special issues, and editorial board member for several academic journals. I am currently working on book projects in the field of OFDL.

I have published more than 200 articles. I am a Fellow of EDEN Fellows, EDEN Council of Fellows, and Open Education Europe. She is ICDE OER Ambassador, Open Education Europe Ambassador and Champion at SPARC Europe. I am currently working on a book about open educational resources: open to ideas, open to the world. In 2018, I edited and published a book on Ubiquitous Inclusive Learning in a Digital Era.

In addition to my dissertation, I have published more than 200 papers, books, book chapters, articles, reports, and conceptual policy papers.

Main research areas and consultancy focus

  • The use of technologies for learning, including Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), new approaches to designing for learning, e-pedagogies, and social media:
    1. Quality and strategic issues: e-learning, online, open and distance learning, distance learning, Open Educational Resources (OER), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC)
    2. Mobile and rhizomatic learning
    3. Blended and hybrid learning
    4. Comptence based learning
    5. Strategic trend reviewer and analyzes
    6. Learning analytics
    7. Open learning cultures
    8. Innovative learning spaces
    9. Digitalization
    10. Agile leadership in a digital time

Organizations I collaborate with



  • 2018

    Kaunas Technical University

  • 2018

    ISO Future Concepts

    Quality Expert, consultant
  • 2018

    ISOILO, Turin, IT

    Quality Expert, consultant
  • 2018
    Gävle University
    Quality Expert, consultant
  • 2017-2018
    Mid Sweden University
    Quality Expert, consultant
  • 2017-

    Guest Professor at Near East University

    N Cyprus
  • 2015-2016
    University of Art, Craft and Design, Luleå Technical University, Uppsala University, Mid Sweden University, Dalarna University
  • 2000-2015
    e-learning expert
    Lund University
  • 2012
    Appointed to the take the initial lead for Lund University to go towards MOOCs, and to investigate in strategic missions on e-learning.
    Lund University