February 24, 2018

Selected Keynotes


Just ID – A meeting of instructional designers from across British Columbia Video and text

May 13, 2011: University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC

A report of discussions by 50 instructional designers around BC on the following topics:

  • Innovation/creativity and instructional design Web 2.0,
  • Social media and instructional design
  • Mobile learning and instructional design
  • Learning environments that aren’t courses
  • The future of instructional design

Will technology replace the campus? Video, 90 minutes with questions and discussion.

May 3, 2011: Camosun College, Victoria, BC.

Abstract: The college campus has always been seen as the ‘norm’ for post-secondary education from earliest times. However, the Futurist magazine recently predicted that ‘‘The notion of class time as separate from non-class time will vanish…The next generation of college students will be living wherever they want and taking many (if not all) of their courses online. This keynote examines this issue in terms of the modern student, the academic and practical requirements of college teaching and learning, and the potential and limitations of technology. This means in particular examining the implications of technology for course design. The aim was for participants to go away thinking about when and when not to use online learning – or the classroom – in their own teaching.

A pdf copy of the slides is available from my Dropbox on e-mail request to me

See also: Beyond the campus: hope, trades training and skulduggery


The challenge of change: managing technology to transform teaching Video (60 minutes with questions and discussion. Powerpoint slides also available)

February 22, 2011: Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, BC

Abstract: A study of over 30 universities and colleges in Europe and North America suggests that higher education institutions have been unduly cautious in their goals for learning technologies, focusing primarily on enhancing classroom teaching, thus merely adding cost to the system. As well as using technology to increase flexible access, technology should be used to develop 21st century skills and competencies, individualize learning, more learner-centered teaching, and improved cost-effectiveness. This however requires new models and designs for learning, and this is hampered by lack of training in educational pedagogy for instructors, and technology management in administrators.

A Powerpoint of the slides is available from my Dropbox on e-mail request to me.

See also: The digital future of higher education, on video


Planning academic programmes using e-learning

King Abdulaziz University, November 2009

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Northern Border University, Ar Ar, November 2009

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Umm Al-Qura University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, October 2009

Download Saudi Part 1 ppt (2 Mbs); Download Saudi Part 1 pdf (26 Mbs)

Download Saudi Part 2 ppt (2 Mbs); Download Saudi Part 2 pdf (21 Mbs);

Improving student learning with information technologies: King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, October 2009



Online and flexible learning in trades training: the British Columbia experiment
Waikato Institute of Technology, Hamilton, New Zealand, September 2008
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Developing a vision for teaching and learning using Web 2.0 tools
Workshop for teachers at Wellington Loop, New Zealand, September 2008
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Also needs accompanying video: download video: 56 kbs 1meg
Use with ‘The implications of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning in a knowledge-based society’ (below)


Investing in online learning: cost analysis and business models
Keynote at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, September 2008
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Distance learning, online learning and national and institutional planning for provision
Keynote at University of Victoria Wellington, New Zealand, September 2008
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Effective teaching and learning with technology in tertiary education
Keynote at University of Canterbury, New Zealand, September 2008
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Why universities must change: the challenge of technology
Keynote at University of Pretoria, South Africa, June 2008
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Also available as a podcast at http://eduvation.up.ac.za/podcasts/

New technology and market positioning: challenges for universities
Keynote to Ministry of Education, Technology and development conference, Denmark, February, 2008
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Planning academic programs using e-learning
Workshop for King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals, Saudi Arabia, March 2008
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The implications of Web 2.0 for teaching and learning in a knowledge-based society
Webcast for University of Leicester conference on innovation in education, January, 2008
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Issues in international online education: five case studies
Online seminar to students in Royal Roads University Masters in Distributed Learning, November 2007
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Distance education in a knowledge-based society
Keynote at ICDE regional conference, Toluca, Mexico, October 2007
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Models of collaboration: International experiences, challenges and opportunities
Keynote for conference on collaboration in distance education for Caribbean countries, St. Lucia, November, 2007
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The world of e-learning research: an overview
Keynote for Aprenred conference, Universidad de Guadalajara, September, 2007
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Quality in distance education
Workshop for staff at Open University of Catalonia (in English), February, 2005
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Why e-learning has failed – and why it will succeed
Keynote to EDEN conference, Helsinki, 2005
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Seven myths (or realities?) of distance education
Keynote to ICDE World conference, Hong Kong, 2004
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