Thursday, November 14, 2019

Why the fuss about MOOCs? Political, social and economic drivers

The end of MOOCs This is the last part of my chapter on MOOCs for my online open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age. In...

A New Zealand analysis of MOOCs

Shrivastava, A. and Guiney, P. (2014) Technological Development and Tertiary Education Delivery Models: The Arrival of MOOCs  Wellington NZ: Tertiary Education Commission/Te Amorangi Mātauranga Matua Why this...

The strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs: Part 2: learning and assessment

The writing of my book, Teaching in a Digital Age, has been interrupted for nearly two weeks by my trip to England for the...

Review of ‘Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda.’

Zawacki-Richter, O. and Anderson, T. (eds.) (2014) Online Distance Education: Towards a Research Agenda Athabasca AB: AU Press, pp. 508 It is somewhat daunting to review...

A balanced research report on the hopes and realities of MOOCs

Hollands, F. and Tirthali, D. (2014) MOOCs: Expectations and Reality New York: Columbia University Teachers' College, Center for Benefit-Cost Studies of Education, 211 pp We...

Tracking online learning in the USA – and Ontario

 Allen, I. and Seaman, J. (2014) Grade Change: Tracking Online Learning in the United States Wellesley MA: Babson College/Sloan Foundation This is the eleventh annual report...

Book review: The Smartest Kids in the World

Ripley, A. (2013) The Smartest Kids in the World - and How They Got That Way New York/London/Toronto/Sydney/New Delhi: Simon and Schuster OECD (2013) PISA...

Productivity and online learning redux

Summarizing the previous posts In previous posts (see end of this post), I tried to identify a range of areas where online learning might enable...

Examining the potential and reality of open educational resources: the 2013 COHERE conference

COHERE (Collaboration for Online Higher Education and Research) runs one of my favourite annual conferences. It is relatively small (around 75), the participants are...

Improving productivity in online learning: can we scale ‘the learning that matters most’?

The story so far This is a continuation of the discussion on whether online learning can increase educational ‘productivity.’ Previous posts in this series include: Technology,...

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.