Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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...

More on MOOCs, communities of practice, and artificial intelligence

Sometimes blogging can be a lonely activity, sending an arrow into the air to land I know not where. But sometimes I am privileged to...

The role of communities of practice in a digital age

The story so far I have published the first five chapters of my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age'.  I am now working on Chapter...

Adapting student assessment to the needs of a digital age

The story so far Chapter 5 of my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ is about the design of teaching and learning, which I am...

Dialogue and discussion: critical for 21st century skills development

Introduction First of all, thanks to the numerous people who commented on  my earlier posts on Why Lectures are Dead, and on Learning Theories and...

Blogs and wikis in formal higher education: examples of open education

  Raths, D. (2014) An e-portfolio with no limits Campus Technology, March 2 This is an article on a project by the University of Mary Washington,...

Does distance education socialize students? A study from Québec

Loisier, J. (2014) Socialisation des Etudiants en FAD au Canada Francophone Montréal QC: REFAD REFAD (the Canadian francophone distance education network) has published a very...

Research from the Michigan Virtual University on a connectivist MOOC

  Ferdig, R. et al. (2014) Findings and reflections from the 'K-12 Teaching in the 21st Century' MOOC Lansing MI: Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute We...

2020 Vision: Outlook for online learning in 2014 and way beyond

 Taking the long view Doug Saunders in the Globe and Mail on  January 4 wrote an interesting piece on prediction, entitled: "Gadgets alone don't make...

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...

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.