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The perversion of the Internet: scraping and selling children’s data from ed tech tools

Human Rights Watch (2022) How Dare They Peep into My Private Life? New York: Human Rights Watch, May 25 The promise and the ideal I remember very clearly the first time I saw and used the Internet. It was in a...

Analysing the pedagogical affordances of video

We WILL Fix Climate Change, United Nations (click on image to see video) I'm busy revising my online, open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, and at this stage I'm revising Chapter 8 on the pedagogical affordances of different media. I...

Bridging the digital divide in online learning

Salman, J. (2022) How one city closed the digital divide for nearly all its students The Hechinger Report, April 14 This report shows what can be done, at least in urban areas, to reduce the digital divide for online learning....

Getting into the online learning industry

Lynch, M. (2022) Do You Have the Skills to Succeed in the Online Learning Industry? The Tech Edvocate, April 11 Three years ago, I wrote a blog post called 'So you want to be an educational technologist...' in which gave some advice on...

Conference on cognitive science and education at McMaster University

What The two-day event brings together educators, cognitive scientists and policymakers to explore how cognitive science can be applied to educational policy and instructional design. Cognitive scientists have been systemically studying processes such as attention, memory and learning for more than 150...

Discussing the strengths and weaknesses of synchronous or asynchronous teaching

The context I am continuing the process of updating the third version of my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age, to take account of developments since the second edition in 2019, including the impact of the pandemic. My original...

How many students take online and distance courses from outside their own jurisdiction?

NC-SARA (2021) NC-SARA Institution Survey: Perspectives on the Pandemic Boulder CO: NC-SARA This report gives some interesting information about the actual number of students and institutions in the USA that moved to fully distance learning during the pandemic, and I...

The role of open universities post-Covid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OGoH1q4Kms Anadolu University Anadolu University in Turkey is nominated by the Turkish Higher Degree Act of 1981 as the national provider of distance education.  Enrollment in open education programs at Anadolu University has increased from under 30,000 in 1982-83 to over...

Defining quality and online learning

The issue Institutions are struggling to define online or digital learning for their students. In particular, students need to know whether a course requires attendance on campus, whether they need to be online at a set time, and what kind...

A review of Stephen Downes’ latest contribution to the theory of connectivism

Downes, S. (2022) Connectivism, Half an Hour, 9 February In an earlier post I gave an overview of Stephen Downes' latest update of his theory of connectivism. My first post was purely factual, if selective. Here I will give my views on...

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.