Thursday, September 16, 2021

Online learning for beginners: 2. Isn’t online learning worse than face-to-face teaching?

The short answer to this question is: no, online learning is neither inherently worse - nor better - than face-to-face teaching; it all depends on the circumstances. The research...

MIT aims to expand its research into learning

Chandler, D. (2016) New initiatives accelerate learning research and its applications MIT News, February 2 The President of MIT has announced a significant expansion of the...

Automation or empowerment: online learning at the crossroads

You are probably, like me, getting tired of the different predictions for 2016. So I’m not going to do my usual look forward for...

That was the year that was: what I did in 2015

No, I didn't die and get a Viking funeral at sea from my grandchildren, as did Billy Connelly in the wonderfully funny movie "What...

Another perspective on the personalisation of learning online

I gave a keynote presentation last week at a large educational conference in the Netherlands, ‘Dé Onderwijsdagen’ (Education Days). I was asked to talk about the...

MIT and German research on the [appalling] use of video in xMOOCs

Hansch, A. et al. (2015) Video and Online Learning: Critical Reflections and Findings From the Field Berlin DE: Alexander von Humbolt Institut für Internet und...

Lessons about researching technology-enhanced instruction

Lopes, V. and Dion, N. (2105) Pitfalls and Potential: Lessons from HEQCO-Funded Research on Technology-Enhanced Instruction Toronto ON: Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario Since it's...

10 key takeaways about differences between classroom, blended, online and open learning

Lucky readers: you get a bonus! This is really a brief summary of all of the ten previous posts on this topic, which constitute...

Desperately seeking the unique pedagogical characteristics of face-to-face teaching

This is the fourth of five posts on choosing modes of delivery for my online open textbook Teaching in a Digital Age. The post...

Challenging the supremacy of face-to-face teaching

This is the second of five posts on choosing appropriate modes of delivery, part of Chapter 10 of my online open textbook, Teaching in...

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.