I’m listing here some of the recordings of recent presentations and webinars that include a good deal of input from faculty and/or graduate students.


2021 Recent research into the effectiveness of online and emergency remote learning Athabasca University EdD course EDDE 801, Advanced Topics and Issues in Distance Education, 14 October

I present a review of 40 research articles and reports looking at the impact of emergency remote learning or comparing online learning with face-to-face teaching, and identify some of the issues arising, including the value of some of the research.

The discussion with participants is interesting, as you would expect with graduate students, covering issues such as

  • the experience of those teaching during Covid-19,
  • indigenous online learning,
  • corporate training,
  • the limitations of online learning in the k-12 system, and
  • the use of OER in the Global South.


2021 The Future of Online Learning 30 September

This is a recording of a Zoom webinar with approximately 40 students and alumni of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Educational Technology program, as part of their MET Community EdTech talk speaker series. This is a Q&A session and covers the following issues:

  • hybrid and blended learning
  • synchronous vs asynchronous learning
  • online learning in the k-12 sector
  • social and emotional learning online
  • the importance of theory
  • the impact of Covid-19.

The recording is approximately 90 minutes and my contribution starts about 6 minutes into the recording.


2021 Some post-Covid trends in higher education, 8 July, 2021

This 12 minute presentation was part of a webinar with several speakers on digitally-enhanced education organised by the University of Kent in England.

My presentation focuses on

  • the move to blended learning,
  • the need to identify the affordances of face-to-face and online learning respectively within any given teaching context,
  • the need to develop teaching methods in degree programs that more explicitly focus on ’21st century’ skills development, and
  • the importance and limitations of microcredentials.


2018 Learning in a Digital Age (Implications for Business Schools) 13 April, 2018

This presentation at the McPherson Institute at McMaster University for the de Groote School of Business naturally focuses a little on business education but the issues are more general.

It looks at the key forces of change outside the university that should be driving curriculum decisions, trends in online learning, then examines particularly

  • the issues around blended learning, such as using it to teach 21st century skills,
  • deciding what’s best done on campus and what online,
  • the shift from content delivery to learner direction and support, including the shifting role of instructors,
  • online collaborative learning, and
  • an example of the design of an advanced digital learning course.

My presentation is just under an hour, and there is another 30 minutes of questions and discussion with the faculty.


A full list of my recorded keynotes and presentations can be found here: https://www.tonybates.ca/tonys-publications/selected-keynotes/



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