Thursday, April 25, 2019

Comparing xMOOCs and cMOOCs: philosophy and practice

The story so far For my open textbook Teaching in a Digital Age, I am writing a chapter on different design models for teaching and learning....

The strengths and weaknesses of competency-based learning in a digital age

Chapter 5 of my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age', is now published. In Chapter 5, I developed the concept of a learning environment. I...

Is the ADDIE model appropriate for teaching in a digital age?

Chapter 5 of my open textbook, 'Teaching in a Digital Age', is now published. In Chapter 5, I developed the concept of a learning environment. I...

Why learner support is an important component in the design of teaching and learning

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...

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...

Teaching assistants, adjunct faculty and online learning

I am struggling these days with the issue of who should teach online courses, in terms of qualifications and status, and in particular, the...

Is Athabasca University moving away from tutoring?

Nolais, J. (2014) Concerns dialed up over ‘call-centre model’ at Alberta’s Athabasca University Metro: Calgary, January 27 More signs of trouble at 'Canada's Open University', as...

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.