October 19, 2017

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

Will I see you at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning this week?

The conference ICDE’s world conference lands at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto this week. I am very much looking forward to the coming week in Toronto. I am not usually a great fan of very large conferences, but this one seems to be somewhat different, with a huge number of smaller, interactive sessions and few […]

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Results from the Canadian survey of online learning now available

Bates, T. (ed.) (2017) Tracking Online and Distance Education in Canadian Universities and Colleges: 2017 Vancouver BC: The National Survey of Online and Distance Education in Canadian Post-Secondary Education. The anglophone version of the public report, as well as the full technical report, is now available for free downloading (Click on the title above or … [Read More...]

Will I see you at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning this week?

The conference ICDE's world conference lands at the Sheraton Hotel in Toronto this week. I am very much looking forward to the coming week in Toronto. I am not usually a great fan of very large conferences, but this one seems to be somewhat different, with a huge number of smaller, interactive sessions and few if any large keynotes given by old white men (yes, people like me) with lots of … [Read More...]

The day Spain lost Catalonia

I'm in Barcelona for a conference on innovation in teaching in higher education, organized by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). As I worked at UOC for a while between 2003-2009, I have many good friends here. On Sunday, I went with friends, whose 20 year old student daughter was a volunteer, to visit the local voting station for the referendum. When we got there, we found the crowd above. … [Read More...]

Responses to the Canadian survey of online and distance learning

Hi, everyone, and welcome back. I hope you all had a great summer. As many readers will know, I am leading a team conducting a survey of online and distance learning in Canadian public post-secondary educational institutions. You can get more general information about the survey from earlier posts: Building a national survey of online learning in Canada, (2 December, 2016) Update on … [Read More...]

Virtual Reality and education: some thoughts

I spent a very interesting evening this week at a Vancouver VR Community event at Mobify's headquarters in downtown Vancouver. Mobify is a provider of progressive web apps for e-commerce and has a really cool area for events such as this one, with lots of open spaces. Vancouver is part of a growing North West Pacific Silicon Valley, and there are now over 500 members of the Vancouver VR … [Read More...]

A better ranking system for university teaching?

Redden, E. (2017) Britain Tries to Evaluate Teaching Quality Inside Higher Ed, June 22 This excellent article describes in detail a new three-tiered rating system of teaching quality at universities introduced by the U.K. government, as well as a thoughtful discussion. As I have a son and daughter-in-law teaching in a U.K. university and grandchildren either as students or potential … [Read More...]

A brighter future for Athabasca University?

Coates, K. (2017) Independent Third-Party Review of Athabasca University Saskatoon, SK This report, 45 pages in length plus extensive appendices, was jointly commissioned by the Government of Alberta and the Governors of Athabasca University. Why the report? Because Athabasca University, established in 1971 as a fully distance, open university, has been in serious trouble over the last 10 … [Read More...]