Each year I like to do a sort of annual report, for my own benefit. (My review of 2020 is in another post). My intention was to stop work entirely in 2020. I was doing so well. My son visited from England in January, no work, and a lovely vacation in Mexico in February, then all hell broke out in March.
Here’s the tally to date for 2020.
- Aalborg University School of Business, Denmark
- BCIT, Burnaby
- Campus Support, Vancouver
- Contact North, Ontario
- Ryerson University, Ontario
Canadian Digital Learning Research Association
Board meetings: 7
I continued as the Board Chair during 2020. The CDLRA continues to struggle along with barely sufficient funding, carried by the hard work of its Executive Director, Research Officer and Jeff Seaman of Bayview Analytics, with funding mainly from eCampus Ontario.
CDLRA also had to pivot, away from its annual national survey in April, to a series of shorter, ‘quick-and-dirty’ Pulse studies on the response to Covid-19. It intends to renew the national survey in April 2021, but it urgently needs additional sources of funding if it is to meet the demands of tracking the volatile development of online and digital learning in Canada.
26, to the following countries/regions:
- Asia-Pacific (Forestry Association)
- Athabasca Univ Ph.D. students
- Agency for Innovation and Professional Development, Belarus and Kazakhstan
- Colleges and Institutes Canada
- Contact North (Canada)
- European Distance Education Network (x2)
- European Foundation for Management Development.
- University of the Aegean, Greece
- Gulf Arab States Educational Research Group
- ICERI2020 (International Academy of Technology, Education, and Development)
- Gasta, Ireland
- Justice Institute of British Columbia
- University of Kent Business School
- Centre for Quality Assessment in Higher Education, Lithuania
- McMaster Univ.: Education and Cognition
- Nigerian Association for Technology Innovation and Integration in Education
- Penn State University American Centre for Research in Distance Education
- Philippine Association of Colleges and Universities
- Lady of Fatima University, Philippines
- Royal Roads University: Master of Arts in Learning and Technology graduate students
- United Arab Emirates University
- Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
- University of Pretoria, South Africa
- University of South Africa.
- WCET, USA
Just think of all the carbon credits I’ve earned by not flying to these conferences!
I also did several press interviews, and interviews for podcasts, one for the Indira Gandhi National Open University, and one for New Language Solutions.
But this has to stop. From next year, working in collaboration with Commonwealth of Learning, I will be offering free, pre-recorded keynotes that can be downloaded and played into a virtual conference for those that want to do that.
I will provide more information on this in my blog in the early New Year, but I don’t intend to go on doing live virtual conference presentations. I cannot go on disrupting my sleep patterns to meet conference schedules in other parts of the world, and there is no real difference between my doing it live and the streamed version. The follow-up Q&A can be handled separately through email.
My web site
This has been one of the busiest years ever on my web site. Since 2008, when it was first launched, the site has been viewed a total of 3.4 million times. This year it has been viewed just over 400,000 times, or roughly 1,100 times a day on average.
This is as high as any other previous year. One post alone, Advice to those about to teach online because of the coronavirus, posted on March 9, has been viewed over 60,000 times already this year, including 8,518 times on March 11, which had the highest one-day traffic ever on the site, 9,720 views. I realise this is not in Taylor Swift or Alicia Keys territory, but it does indicate what an extraordinary year this has been for online learning.
I ended up doing 74 posts over the last 12 months, close to the overall yearly average, but considerably more than the 43 last year.
What I found interesting is that apart from the advice on how to teach online, the most popular posts in 2020 were posted prior to 2020. This suggests that these posts are set readings on a number of different courses, and continue to be popular over the years. I am pleased about this, as this site is meant to be used as a resource on online and distance learning.
The most popular posts in 2020 were as follows:
The three most popular posts in 2020 besides ‘Advice to those about to teach online’ were:
|What have we learned from Covid-19 about the limitations of online learning – and the implications for the fall??
|Research reports on Covid-19 and emergency remote learning/online learning
|Online learning and the fall semester: advice for decision-makers
Who knows? I will continue with some blog posts. I have a number of research reports and research studies that I would like to review, and a couple of contracts to complete, but I will probably not take on any more paid work after that. But never say never!