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French translation of the third edition of Teaching in a Digital Age now available

I hope you are having a wonderful summer break. If so all the more reason to read 'Teaching in a Digital Age'. This is now...
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Do we need a new type of Higher Education institution?

I want to ask the question: are our current institutional models – universities, polytechnics, colleges – fit for purpose in the 21st century, or...

When life gets in the way of blogging about online learning

I realise, dear readers, that you have all been waiting with bated breath for the next instalment of my review of the Handbook of...
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What are the main issues facing digital learning in the future?

I'm coming up to my 84th birthday next month, and once again I am considering my future work, if any. This has resulted in...
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Student motivation and online learning

This is a post for the many instructors who have asked (especially during the pandemic): 'But how do you motivate students to learn online?' Student...
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What are the ‘top’ online business programs?

In 2012 I linked to a Financial Times article that listed the top online business schools worldwide. That link is now dead and anyway,...
Demetrios Nicolaides Alberta's Minister of Advanced Education

Petition against direct political interference in universities (concerning Athabasca University)

Buckingham Shum, S. (2023) Athabasca University - Oppose direct political interference in universities Change.org A petition has been started (already with 230 signatures) on Change.org...
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Who shot the sheriff? Why the President of Athabasca University has gone – and...

Well, the gunfight at the Athabasca University corrall is finally over. It was announced a couple of days ago that the university and the...

My five wishes for online learning in 2023: and why they ain’t going to...

Bates, T. (2023) My five wishes for online learning in 2023, Teachonline.ca January 3. I was asked by Contact North to lay out my five wishes for...

What I did in 2022

Yesterday I gave my overview of the main developments in online and distance learning in 2022. Today, I am doing a more personal review...

About Tony Bates

Dr. Tony Bates is the author of eleven books in the field of online learning and distance education. He has provided consulting services specializing in training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education, working with over 40 organizations in 25 countries. Tony is a Research Associate with Contact North | Contact Nord, Ontario’s Distance Education & Training Network.