May 24, 2018

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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Online learning and disruptive change at the UK Open University

Sturm und Strang I’ve was in England last week,  attending the 7th eSTEeM conference at the Open University as the opening keynote speaker, only my second visit to the OU since I left nearly 30 years ago. The Open University, described by several commentators as one of the most successful innovations in Britain since the […]

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Active learning at the Royal Military College of Canada

The RMC Following my trip to the UK Open University, I visited the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, where I was a keynote speaker at a one day conference on active learning. The RMC is the military college of the Canadian Armed Forces, and is a degree-granting university training military officers. RMC was established in 1876 and is the only federal institution … [Read More...]

Open and remote labs from the UK Open University

On my recent visit to the UK Open University, I had the privilege of a guided tour of the Open University's remote labs. These allow students to log on from anywhere and conduct experiments remotely. The tour was courtesy of Professor Nick Braithwaite, Associate Dean (Academic Excellence), Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics. Note that remote labs are somewhat … [Read More...]

Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education to close

The news As my mother used to say when she had the goods on me, 'A little birdie told me...'. Well, a (different) little birdie has told me that the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca University is being closed on June 1 and the academic staff from the Centre are being moved into the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. What is the Centre for Distance Education and what does it … [Read More...]

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‘Making Digital Learning Work’: why faculty and program directors must change their approach

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