December 8, 2016

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

This Month’s Featured Post

Initiating instructors to online learning: 10 fundamentals

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Click to download the pdf What? Not ANOTHER book from me? Well, no, not quite. ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘ has been a great success but it appears it is being primarily used by faculty and instructors already committed to online learning, or on courses for post-graduate students, who don’t have much choice if it […]

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Learning analytics and learning design at the UK Open University

The Open University (2016) Developing learning design and analytics for student success, Connections, Vol. 21, No. 3 The latest edition of the Commonwealth of Learning's magazine, Connections, has an interesting if brief article of the effective use of learning analytics. There are four key points that I noted: the OU has scaled up its predictive use of learning analytics to cover over … [Read More...]

Building a national survey of online learning in Canada

The players Since April I have been leading a small team that has been trying to build from scratch a national survey of online learning in Canadian post-secondary institutions. For many years the Babson Survey Research Group has been tracking the growth of online learning in higher education in the USA. With the U.S. Federal Department of Education now collecting this data through its annual … [Read More...]

5 IDEAS for a pedagogy of online learning

Guardia, L. (ed.) (2016) Next Generation Pedagogy: IDEAS for Online and Blended Higher Education. Barcelona Spain: UOC eLearn Centre. This report aims to provide a “roadmap” to inform strategic planning for the future of online and blended higher education, through an exploratory search and identification of trends and innovations in online, blended and lifelong learning provision globally, … [Read More...]

A post-graduate certificate in neuroscience and online learning

One of the interesting things I discovered during my visit to Drexel University a couple of weeks ago is that they offer a post-graduate certificate program in neuroscience, learning and online instruction.  Drexel University is an international leader in neuroscience research, and its nursing program is very innovative in its online teaching.  This program looks at the cognitive aspects of … [Read More...]

Towards an open pedagogy for online learning

The problems with OER I was interviewed recently by a reporter doing an article on OER (open educational resources) and I found myself being much more negative than I expected, since I very much support the principle of open-ness in education. In particular, I pointed out that OER, while slowly growing in acceptance, are still used for a tiny minority of teaching in North American universities … [Read More...]

Report on SFU’s experiences of teaching with technology

I always enjoy going to a university or college and seeing how they are using learning technologies. I am always a little surprised and I am also usually intrigued by some unexpected application, and today's DemoFest at Simon Fraser University was no exception. About Simon Fraser University SFU has just over 35,000 students with campuses in Burnaby, Vancouver downtown, and Surrey, all in the … [Read More...]

Second webinar on choosing media for online learning

This morning I delivered (for the second time) a Contact North webinar: Choosing Media: How They Differ and How to make the Best Choices for Your Teaching' based on Chapters 6-8 of my open, online textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. The webinar was primarily a discussion with participants about the main issues involved in choosing appropriate media for teaching and learning. The following … [Read More...]