Sunday, August 25, 2019

The Open University is 50 years old today

BBC (2019) Open University: Photos Issued to Mark 50th Anniversary, April 17 My personal story The British Open University received its charter on April 23, 1969....

Should university and college instructors ban cell phones in their classes?

The Ontario government, under the leadership of its premier Doug Ford (a badly cloned Donald Trump), has announced it will ban cellphone use during...

Is the current use of video a step backwards in online learning?

The use of video There is evidence from the two national surveys of online learning in Canadian post-secondary education that video is increasingly being used...

Can artificial intelligence transform higher education? Call for papers

  I know all my readers will be interested in the answer to this question! The International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education has recently put out...

(Almost) free books on online learning

I did a big clear-out over the holiday period and found a whole batch of brand new printed copies of three of my books....

Summary of the 2018 survey of online learning in Canadian colleges and universities

The Canadian Digital Learning Research Association has just finalised the results from the 2018 national survey. The full technical report has been completed in...

Using virtual reality to study interactive molecular dynamics

Morales, A. (2018) How Virtual Reality Can Change The Way We See Our Molecular World, Forbes, 25 July O'Connor, M. et al. (2018) Sampling molecular conformations...

Book review: Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries

Latchem, C. (2018) Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries Springer: Singapore The author I was about to review this book when I was informed of...

More developments in teaching science online

Matthews, D. (2018) Scepticism over Google plan to replace labs with virtual reality, Times Higher Education, June 7 The Harvard Gazette (2018) Virtual lab to extend reach...

Online learning and disruptive change at the UK Open University

Sturm und Strang I've was in England last week,  attending the 7th eSTEeM conference at the Open University as the opening keynote speaker, only my...

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.