Friday, January 18, 2019

What I wanted to say to the Minister about online learning

The opportunity I don't mix with politicians or high level decision-makers, so when I was offered a seat next to Deb Matthews, Ontario's Minister of...

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...

Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Athabasca University?

Climenhaga, D. (2017) Athabasca U’s future seems brighter as Saskatchewan prof named to conduct sustainability review Albertapolitics.ca, January 19 Climenhaga, D. (2016) Alberta Government names five new...

Webinar on choosing modes of delivery and the role of face-to-face teaching in an...

On Tuesday I gave another in the Contact North series of webinars designed around my open, online textbook for faculty and instructors, Teaching in...

What the Conference Board of Canada thinks about online learning

Grant, M. (2016) Learning in the Digital Age Ottawa: Conference Board of Canada The Conference Board of Canada bills itself as 'the foremost independent, evidence-based,...

Who are the founding fathers of distance education?

Steve Wheeler interviewed three old guys, Michael Moore, Sir John Daniel and myself, at the EDEN conference in Budapest this summer, and has posted...

Welcome back and what you may have missed in online learning over the summer

I hope you all had a great summer break and have come back fully charged for another always challenging year in teaching. I thought...

EDEN 2016: Re-imagining Learning Environments

The EDEN conference I have just attended the annual conference of the European Distance and E-Learning Network in Budapest, Hungary. EDEN is one of my favourite conferences...

Non-disclosure, plausible deniability and lack of transparency in leadership: UBC and the Duffy trial

The need to know Even if you have been holidaying in outer Mongolia, you are probably aware (if you are Canadian) of the trial of Senator...

What can past history tell us about the Athabasca University ‘crisis’?

It's not just the Greeks who are having problems financially, even though they are getting all the headlines. In earlier posts I commented on Athabasca University's...

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.