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Why sex is more fun than swotting: further discussion on asynchronous vs synchronous learning

Binary thinking There are two kinds of people: those who divide people into two groups; and those who don't. Both humans and computers seem more comfortable with binary divisions: on or off, right or wrong, black or white, happy or...

Online learning learning and the future of work: podcast

The Indira Gandhi National Open University of India (IGNOU) has developed a series of podcasts on the Future of Work under its Freedom2Learn program. I was invited to contribute to the series and you can listen to my contribution by...

Impact of emergency remote learning on college success and retention

Lundqvist, A., Rice, A. and Widenhorn, M. (2020) The Pandemic College Student Experience:Implications for Student Success and Retention Anthology Inc., November The 'quick and dirty' reports on the impact of Covid-19 emergency responses at universities and colleges in the USA ...

Students’ responses to remote learning in the fall: Top Hat survey

Top Hat (2020) Higher Ed Students Grade the Fall 2020 Semester, Top Hat (accessed November 19, no published date) Top Hat is an online publisher serving the education system. This is another quick and dirty survey - dirtier than most,...

Is this the future of online learning?

Rosen, K. (2020) 2020: Lost Year of Schooling or Year One in a New Era of Education? Attention FWD, November 12 I found this an interesting look at the direction that online learning could well be taking over the next...

Free online modules for k-12 teachers on how to teach online

Following on from my post yesterday about the lack of training for k-12 teachers in how to teach online during the pandemic, I am pleased to direct anyone interested to a new set of six course modules called Learning...

How Canadian schools (k-12) prepared for the fall in 2020

Nagle, J., Barbour, M. and LaBonte, R. (2020) A Fall Like No Other: Between Basics and Preparing for an Extended Transition During Turmoil Canadian Elearning Network, November This report is essential reading for anyone in the k-12 sector. What is the...

Post-Pandemic Lesson 2: Support for instructors is essential for quality online learning

This is the second of 10 Lessons from a Post-Pandemic World. For the other nine, click here. “The main lesson is we need to increase support for Instructors in all forms of teaching: face-to-face, blended and online.”  When institutions had to...

Post-Pandemic Lesson 10: We need more (and better) data

This is the last of 10 Lessons from a Post-Pandemic World. For the other nine, click here. “Research studies were of necessity quick and dirty, often with small and probably unrepresentative samples of students, instructors, administrators and institutions.” “More than 100,000...

Post-Pandemic Lesson 1: Online and blended learning will increase substantially post-COVID-19

This is the first of 10 Lessons from a Post-Pandemic World. For the other nine, click here. “…in blended learning, student performance improves over both face-to-face and fully online learning.” Before COVID-19, research indicated that in Canada, faculty resistance was a...

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.