Video recordings, interviews and podcasts

This page provides links to recorded keynotes and presentations, interviews, and podcasts.

Keynotes and presentations

2021 Some post-Covid trends in higher education, 8 July, 2021

This 12 minute presentation was part of a webinar with several speakers on digitally-enhanced education organised by the University of Kent in England.

My presentation focuses on the move to blended learning, the need to identify the affordances of face-to-face and online learning respectively within any given teaching context, the need to develop teaching methods in degree programs that more explicitly focus on ’21st century’ skills development, and the importance and limitations of microcredentials.


Five free keynotes on online learning, for streaming into conferences

In collaboration with COL, I prepared five pre-recorded keynotes on key issues in online and digital learning with the intention is that these can be streamed during virtual or live conferences, included in education and training programs, or watched individually. Recorded in December 2020, they take into account the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. These are free for use in educational conferences, subject to requesting permission from me at

  1. Developing Quality Blended Learning Courses:

In this presentation, I argue that nearly all teaching in future will be either a combination of in-person and online learning, or fully online, and I discuss the implications for teaching methods and course design.

2. Digital Learning and the New Economy

In this presentation, I argue that the demands of a digital age require radical changes in teaching and learning.

3. New Learning Technologies and their Potential/Limitations for Teaching and Learning

In this presentation, I argue that new technologies offer great potential for teaching and learning, but also require changes in teaching methods if they are to be fully exploited.

4. Online learning in the (k-12) school system

In this presentation, I argue that although there are limitations of online learning in the school sector, nevertheless there are many ways in which it can contribute, but best practices are not often followed.

5. Ten lessons for online learning from the Covid-19 experience

I offer ten key lessons for online learning resulting from the move to emergency remote learning in both the school (k-12) and post-secondary sectors, based on 15 ‘quick and dirty’ research studies conducted during the pandemic.


2017. Pushing the boundaries of higher education: challenging traditional models with creative practices.

This presentation, done together with Lisa Blaschke, was part of a conference organised by the Open University of Catalonia in Spain that took place a couple of days after the Catalan referendum on independence.

In my presentation (18 minutes) I report on my findings from 20 Pockets of Innovation that I reported on for Contact North and discuss ‘what is innovation in teaching?’ and ‘how does it happen?’

See also ‘Interviews’ below for a short video giving examples of the innovations.


2012 Online learning and personal change for instructors

This set of YouTube videos (15 minutes each, roughly) from a faculty development session at Vancouver Community College in April, 2012, features two presentations, one from Gary Poole, of UBC, who focused on personal issues in dealing with change, and one from Tony Bates about the changes needed in post-secondary teaching.

Courage to Adapt: Part 1

Courage to Adapt: Part 2

Courage to Adapt: Part 3

Courage to Adapt: Part 4

Courage to Adapt: Part 5

Courage to Adapt: Part 6

Courage to Adapt: Part 7


2011 The Digital Future of Higher Education.

My keynote at a conference at Thompson Rivers University on this topic where I discuss  higher education, distance education, blended learning and more… 


2011 Digital tilstand 2011 – Transforming teaching and learning through technology management.

This 47 minute presentation in Norway, although a little dated, provides my most comprehensive overview of the issues of managing technology for teaching in universities and colleges.


Discussing the response of school systems to Covid

This is a 40 minute video recording of an interview with Sarah Horrocks, Director of the Connected Learning Centre, London, UK, which has a web site, BlendEd, which supports school teachers in the pedagogy of blended/hybrid learning. Sarah interviewed me in February, 2021 about my concerns about how online learning was being delivered in school systems during Covid-19.


An interview at RUEDA in Mendoza, Argentina


2021 EDEN 30th Anniversary Interviews. In this 16 minute interview by Sandra Kucina Softic, the President of EDEN, I discuss changes to education over the last 50 years and some key developments for the future, especially the integration of technology within classroom teaching. There are other interviews in the series, including one with Steve Wheeler

2018 Leaders and legends of online learning: Tony Bates. A 20 minute podcast as part of Mark Nichols’ Leaders and Legends of Online Learning series. I’m asked how I got into online learning, what research needs to be done, and why I think the SECTIONS model is still relevant.

Mark has now extended this series to nearly 40 interviews, including many of the key people in the development of online learning, including Dave Cormier, Richard Mayer, Diana Laurillard, Stephen Downes, Michael Moore, Paul Kirschner, and Tannis Morgan. The podcasts provide a fascinating portrait of the main movers and shakers in this fascinating area of education.

2018: This 13 minute video interview is one in a series, under the title of ‘Inspiring Leaders‘, organised by Drexel University’s ‘Virtually Inspired‘ project. The other two interviewed are Curtis Bonk and Gardner Campbell. Others, such as Aroutis Foster and Kristen Betts, have been added later.


2017: The Open University of Catalonia. These interviews were made in conjunction with the conference that took place around the time of the Catalan referendum on independence (see Keynotes above and Panels below).

The first interview provides three examples of the innovations discussed in the keynote:

This was followed by a two interviews:


2013 Three minute interview on the value of learning management systems made by BCcampus at the Canada Moodle Moot in Vancouver


2013 This is an interview by José Mota on November 11, 2013, for the Laboratory of Distance Education and eLearning [LE@D], Universidade Aberta, Portugal.

MOOCs and online learning/elearning pedagogy were the main topics. 18 minutes.


2011 Second wave of DE and the History of the Open University, UK

An interview at the University of Oldenberg, Germany, about the early history of the Open University and why it was such a success.


2021 The Future of Online Learning

This is a recording of a Zoom webinar with approximately 40 students and alumni of the University of British Columbia’s Master of Educational Technology program, as part of their MET Community EdTech talk speaker series. This is a Q&A session and covers the following issues:

  • hybrid and blended learning
  • synchronous vs asynchronous learning
  • online learning in the k-12 sector
  • social and emotional learning online
  • the importance of theory
  • the impact of Covid-19.

The recording is approximately 90 minutes and my contribution starts about 6 minutes into the recording.


Pushing the boundaries of Higher Education: Q&A morning session

This video features Lisa Marie Blaschke, Tony Bates, Allison Littlejohn, Yishay Mor and Philipp Schmidt during the Q&A session of the symposium