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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 'instructional time' in its schools from September. The aim is to help students to focus...

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 in both fully online and blended learning. The latest (2018) survey asked about the following...

Why are there few online programs in Canada’s Far North?

What is north in Canada? In a country as vast as Canada, 'north' is always relative. Sudbury (46º N) is considered to be in Northern Ontario, but by latitude it is south of Vancouver (49% N), although undeniably much colder...

Is Western Canada falling behind in online learning?

Reports from the 2018 survey The main public report on online and distance learning in Canadian post-secondary institutions was published last month and is available, in English and French, at either https://onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca/ or https://formationenlignecanada.ca/ However, we are also publishing four regional reports: Western...

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 a call for papers on this topic. Papers are invited on the following topics: Pedagogical implications of...

Some reflections on the results of the 2018 national survey of online learning

The public report of the 2018 national survey of online and distance learning in Canadian universities and colleges is now available in English and French for free download on the survey web sites: https://onlinelearningsurveycanada.ca/publications-2018/ https://formationenlignecanada.ca/publications-2018/ The full technical report will...

Part-time research associate wanted for national survey of online learning

We (the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association - CDLRA) have almost completed all the work for the 2018 national survey of online learning in Canadian post-secondary institutions. The 2018 reports will be released next week and we are just beginning...

(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. One reason I moved to open publishing was because I ended up having to buy...

Advice requested on ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’

Welcome back, readers. I hope you had a great holiday break. Perhaps like you, I've been thinking about my plans for 2019. I was determined to retire when I was 75, so I could have time to write my swan...

2018 review: 21st century knowledge and skills

How to develop the knowledge and skills that learners will need in the 21st century was a growing topic of discussion not just in education but in the general media during 2018. As always, though, there is a good...

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.