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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...

Research showing that virtual learning is less effective than classroom teaching – right?

Cellini, R. S. (2021) How does virtual learning impact students in higher education? Brown Center Chalkboard, Brookings, August 13 Summary of results This blog post is based on several studies of post-secondary student performance, comparing online learning with in-person teaching. Cellini...

US$20 million for research into the use of AI for STEM online education

Yes! Weekly (2021) NSF Investing $20 million in effort to transform online education for adults, August 16 The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on July 29, 2021 that it is investing $20 million in a collaborative effort to leverage artificial intelligence (AI)...

Working on a third edition of ‘Teaching in a Digital Age.’

I've now decided to start on a third edition of 'Teaching in a Digital Age.' I began work on the first edition in 2014 and completed in 2015. The second edition was started four years ago (2018) and was...

Virtualized or online learning? An explanation – and rationale – from Ryerson University

The Chang School (2021) What's the difference between Online and Virtualized Learning? Toronto: Ryerson University, May 28. In an earlier post, The ‘not normal’ return to normal in September, I noted some significant changes taking place post-Covid in the return...

Research reports on online students in the USA

Magda, A. J., Capranos, D., & Aslanian, C. B., (2020) Online college students 2020: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences Louisville, KY: Wiley Education Services. Aslanian, C.B., Fischer, S.(2021), Online College Students 2021 Meeting Online Student Demands and Preferences 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.