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Do we need a theory for blended learning?

The value of a good theory The psychologist, Kurt Levine, said there is nothing more practical than a good theory. When faced with conflicting facts or difficult circumstances, a good theory will help in making appropriate decisions. We have indeed...

Why we need some humility about online learning – and about face-to-face teaching

Those of us who have been fighting to get online learning accepted over the last 20-25 years have argued strongly the merits of online learning. We have argued that not only can it increase access, especially for older, working...

Some recent videos on the future of online learning

I'm listing here some of the recordings of recent presentations and webinars that include a good deal of input from faculty and/or graduate students. ________________________________________________________________________ 2021 Recent research into the effectiveness of online and emergency remote learning Athabasca University EdD course...

The limits of online learning in a dystopian future: a discussion

Murgatroyd, S. (2021) The precarious futures for online learning Revista Paraguaya de Educación a Distancia, FACEN-UNA, Vol. 2, No. 2 Stephen Murgatroyd is a big picture kind of guy. He likes to observes trends, then make not so much predictions...

Staying Online: a new book by Robert Ubell

Ubell, R. (2022) Staying Online: How to Navigate Digital Higher Education New York/London: Routledge, 180 pp This book was published on September 7, 2021, and is now available (paperback: US$31.96). What is the book about? From the publisher's blurb: As colleges and...

What happens to online students when the Internet goes down?

Holzweiss, P. and Walker, D. (2021) The Impact of a Regional Crisis on Online Students and Faculty Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, Vol. 24, No. 3  What happens when the Internet goes down? This article is required reading for administrators...

Online learning, videoconferencing and energy consumption

Azimzadehirani, M. (2021) Is effective online learning bad for the environment? University Affairs, August 23 This interesting article is as much about whether or not students should turn off their cameras during emergency remote learning as about energy consumption (a...

Grants for creating open courses – a British Columbia project

BCcampus (2021) Expression of interest: development of open courses Victoria, BC BCcampus is offering grants of up to $8,000 to B.C. applicants who have developed, adapted, or adopted an open textbook in their B.C. Open Textbook Collection to develop a new...

Decision-making in uncertain times: what recent research into online learning indicates

CDLRA Conversations: Decision-Making in Uncertain Times, September 6, 2021 The CDLRA (Canadian Digital Learning Research Association) is in the process of analysing the results from the 2021 survey of Canadian Universities and Colleges.  As the 2021-22 academic year begins, Dr. Brian...

Some psychological benefits of remote learning in k-12 sector

Abramson, A. (2021) Capturing the benefits of remote learning American Psychological Association, Vol. 52, No.6 There have been many criticisms of the move to remote learning during the pandemic for students in schools, but there also appear to have been...

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.