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Welcome back to online learning

I hope all my readers in the northern hemisphere have had as good a summer as we have had here in Vancouver, and you have come back renewed and ready to go in the continually interesting world of online...

How to remove the barriers to innovation in higher education and online learning

Morriss-Olson, M. (2017) Why is it so difficult to nurture innovation and academic entrepreneurship at a college or university? Academic Impressions, March 9 Barriers to innovation and change In the context of my series on innovation and change in post-secondary education/higher...

Some thoughts on the future of public higher education

One of the responses I had to my series on the coming crisis to post-secondary education in Canada was: 'Well, what do you think the higher education should look like in 10 years time if you think it's in...

Discussing the future of higher education in the holiday season

Mrig, A. and Sanaghan, P. (2019) The Future of Education: Will Higher Education Seize the Future or Fall Victim to IT? Academic Impressions I've been away on two weeks holiday, which included a family wedding, to a lovely Ireland and...

Book review: Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited

Jung, I. (ed.) Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited Singapore: Springer, 122 pp, US$44.99 (ePub issue); US$29.95 per chapter Why this book? This book, edited by Insung Jung of the International Christian University, Mitaka, Tokyo, Japan, is a collection of chapters...

So you want to be an educational technologist…….

About two or three times a month I get requests to meet or talk on the phone to someone who is looking for a career in online learning, educational technology or instructional design. I am always happy to give...

Back to the Future: open pedagogy, learning design, and ETUG’s 25th anniversary conference

  Happy anniversary, ETUG! Last week I spent two days at the British Columbia Educational Technology Users' Group conference at Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops. ETUG was celebrating 25 years of existence, since it was established in 1994 through the merging of...

The Coming Crisis in Canadian Post-secondary Education: 3 – Some strategies for survival

The issue I have argued in earlier posts that universities and colleges (everywhere, not just Canada) need to move more quickly into digital learning for two separate but linked reasons: to develop the knowledge and skills needed in a digital...

The Coming Crisis in Canadian Post-secondary Education: 2 – The Canadian context

This is the second in a series of posts on this topic. The first post looked at external developments that will influence Canadian post-secondary education in the future. In this post, I focus particularly on the Canadian context. How digital...

The Coming Crisis in Canadian Post-secondary Education: 1 – External Developments

Where's the disruption? I don't normally get excited about talk of digital technology disrupting higher education, especially when that talk originates from south of the Canadian border. MOOCs are an interesting and useful development, but they have settled into a niche...

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.