Videos on online learning in post-secondary education

There is now a great deal of video suitable for teaching in post-secondary education available through YouTube, Vimeo, Ted Talks, the Khan Academy, iTunesU, MIT’s Open Courseware, the Open University’s FutureLearn, and of course, MOOCs.

My focus here is video about online learning, topics that won’t be commonly found on these more widely available sites.


Bates, T. (2012) 5 video case studies of e-portfolio implementation + an implementation toolkit Online learning and distance education resources, April 3

JISC has created a site with videos from five UK universities and colleges that document their experience in implementing e-portfolios across a relatively wide range of subject areas.


Online learning and personal change for instructors 

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

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


Bates, T. (2011) Vancouver showcase of online learning innovations available on video, Online learning and distance education resources, December 21

The Justice Institute of British Columbia and Vancouver Community College hosted an ‘online showcase’ on November 30, 2011, sponsored by the Metro Vancouver Educational Developers Network. Video recordings of each of the sessions are now available from the website.

The videos are bundled into 2 pages:

Parts 1-5:  http://www.jibc.ca/online-showcase-videos1

Parts 6-11:  http://www.jibc.ca/online-showcase-videos2


Bates, T. (2011) Videos on ‘Learning 2.0’, Online learning and distance education resources, December 21

The European Links-up Project interviewed five experts on Learning 2.0 at the recent EDEN Annual Conference in Dublin. The experts were asked three questions:

  1. Is learning 2.0 really supporting inclusive life-long learning?
  2. Can isolated experiments be mainstreamed?
  3. Is learning 2.0 fundamentally changing the educational landscape?

The following attempted to answer these questions in about five minutes each (click on their names to see the videos):

  • Graham Attwell, Director of Pontydysgu and Associate Professor, University of Warwick and University of Bremen
  • Steve Wheeler, Associate Professor, University of Plymouth
  • Ingebør Boe, Board Member, International Council for Open and Distance Education
  • Roni Aviram, Chair of the Center for Futurism in Education at Ben-Gurion University
  • Maruja Guttierez -Diaz, Advisor to the Director, Education and Culture, European Commission.

Bates, T. (2010) Video on understanding the difference between and the LMS and a personal learning environmentOnline learning and distance education resources, November 29

This 4 min 30 sec YouTube video is an ‘animated’ chat about the differences between Learning Management Systems (the man) and Personal Learning Environments (the boy). Excellent use of animation to get the point over by Patricio Bustamente.

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Learning Technologies @ UBC 2005. This 7 minute video was made in 2000 to provide a vision for teaching and learning at UBC as part of a strategic initiative to encourage greater use of technology in teaching at UBC. Looking back at the video nearly 20 years later, I am gratified by how well it has stood the test of time, incorporating later technology and online learning developments such as Siri/voice commands, big data, experiential learning, blended learning, project-based learning, collaborative learning and video networking. If you were to develop a vision of teaching over the next 5-20 years, what would it look like?


The next group are ‘statements’ about the challenge we face as teachers in the 21st century.
A vision of students today (5 mins)
Michael Wesch and Kansas State University

Academia 2.0 (10 minutes)
Another from Michael Wesch and Kansas State University: a good statement of the challenge

Education Today and Tomorrow (2 mins 30 secs)
Sets use of educational technology within the needs of 21st century work

Education 2.0 (7 mins 19 secs)

Carlos Morales Socorro talks about the relationship between IT and problem-based learning (Spanish, with English sub-titles)

E-learning 2020

A Star Trek/StarWars spoof done by the Centre for Learning Technology at the London School of Economics. The vision is of a world where learning is not necessary; you just download it. Sounds like some of the lectures I went to at the LSE in 1960.

A day made of glass

Not strictly about e-learning, but Corning’s vision for the future of glass set me thinking about new designs for e-learning using touch screens and haptics.

More videos on e-learning

Lastly, for many more videos on  online learning go to http://video.google.com/ or https://vimeo.com/ and type in ‘online learning’ in the search box.