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  1. […] past the hype. Check out the blunt assessment of Online Learning In 2013: An Ontario Perspective by Dr. Tony Bates, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate, author of 11 books, 350 […]

  2. Pam B.
    January 10, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Tony, a great analysis and synopsis of the year that was. It’s always good to look outside our own backyard and get the larger picture, but I agree with the double-edge sword implications of the MOOC phenomena. It has drawn great attention to online learning from many important stakeholder groups; however, those on the periphery (i.e., politicians, decision-makers, etc.) not well versed in instructional design issues for blended/hybrid/e-learning may not fully appreciate the type of expertise and commitment that is required to build the necessary infrastructure to properly support this type of teaching and learning, or the very real challenge of producing good completion rates. As you point out, there is no single simple solution which I think captures this complexity.

    It’s good to see that Carleton is developing professional development for faculty around online learning, but I’ve been reading into the area of faculty beliefs on technology integration and how important they are to the success of any online/blended/hybrid instructional strategy. Identifying, understanding and addressing the intersection of epistemological beliefs, conceptions of teaching and technology integration seems to be an important issue too. I’d be interested in hearing your views on this topic.

    Thanks again for a good read.

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