October 5, 2015

Distance education in Mongolia

Ulaanbaatar -2004

Distance education in Mongolia Distance education in Mongolia

Distance education in Cuba

A revolutionary tank at the Universidad de Havana

Distance education in Cuba Distance education in Cuba

Distance Education in Afghanistan

Kuchi family near Bamian

Distance Education in Afghanistan Distance Education in Afghanistan

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

A mosque in Arar, Northern Saudi Arabia

A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia A personal view of e-learning in Saudi Arabia

South Africa

White rhinos in Pilanesburg

South Africa South Africa

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Thinking about theory and practice in online learning

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I ran a short face-to-face workshop yesterday on ‘Thinking about Theory and Practice’ for about a dozen students taking the Masters of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University  My online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, is being used in this program and the instructors asked me to run a workshop […]

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Reading between the lines: the ‘intangibles’ in quality online teaching and learning

Contact North has organised a series of four webinars highlighting the practical advice and guidelines offered in my online, open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. The first webinar took place last week on September 29. It covered the first five chapters in the book, which discuss: the implications of the major changes taking place in education epistemologies that drive approaches to … [Read More...]

Some implications of online open publishing

One of the differences between an online open textbook and a commercial printed textbook is that developments with an open textbook are continuous rather than episodic. Since the April publication of Teaching in a Digital Age, my open, online textbook for faculty and instructors, there have been several developments around the book. Now is an appropriate time to bring readers up to date on these … [Read More...]

Is there a future in online learning?

I hope all readers of this blog in the northern hemisphere had a good break and are looking forward to a new academic year. Your focus is going to be in getting down to work on reasonably well defined tasks, such as course design, or studying for a higher degree. Building a career Among you though will be a few who are wondering about your longer-term future. I am frequently asked for advice … [Read More...]

Book review: A History of the Open University

Weinbren, D. (2105) The Open University: A History Manchester: Manchester University Press/The Open University, 274 pp + notes, £18.99, C$31.61, US$22.30 (paperback edition) Why you should read this book From the book cover: This analysis of the Open University's precedents, personalities, politics and pedagogies contextualises learners' experiences and illuminates the change in the values of … [Read More...]

Graphics and online learning: a guide

Huhn, J. (2013) A Guide to Superior e-Learning Graphics, BottomLine Performance, August 10 For those instructors or faculty new to online or blended learning, this is a very useful preliminary introduction to the importance of good graphic design for your online learning materials. However, my advice is to team up with a graphic or web designer with experience in online … [Read More...]

Non-disclosure, plausible deniability and lack of transparency in leadership: UBC and the Duffy trial

The need to know Even if you have been holidaying in outer Mongolia, you are probably aware (if you are Canadian) of the trial of Senator Duffy and the sudden resignation of the President of the University of British Columbia. These two seemingly unrelated events however have common themes which I wish to explore. First, let me be clear. I have no inside information on either event. I don't … [Read More...]

Who are your online students?

Clinefelter, D. L., & Aslanian, C. B. (2015). Online college students 2015: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences. Louisville, KY: The Learning House, Inc. The survey This is an interesting report based on a survey of 1,500 individuals nationwide (USA) who were: at least 18 years of age; had a minimum of a high school degree or equivalent; and were recently enrolled, … [Read More...]