Tony Bates

  • Active learning at the Royal Military College of Canada

    Active learning at the Royal Military College of Canada

    The RMC Following my trip to the UK Open University, I visited the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, where I was a keynote speaker at a one day conference on active learning. The RMC is...

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  • Open and remote labs from the UK Open University

    Open and remote labs from the UK Open University

    On my recent visit to the UK Open University, I had the privilege of a guided tour of the Open University’s remote labs. These allow students to log on from anywhere and conduct experiments...

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  • Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education to close

    Athabasca University’s Centre for Distance Education to close

    The news As my mother used to say when she had the goods on me, ‘A little birdie told me…’. Well, a (different) little birdie has told me that the Centre for Distance Education at Athabasca...

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  • Learning analytics, student satisfaction, and student performance at the UK Open University

    Learning analytics, student satisfaction, and student performance at the UK Open University

    Rienties, B. and Toetenel, L. (2016) The impact of learning design on student behaviour, satisfaction and performance: A cross-institutional comparison across 151 modules, Computers in Human...

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  • Online learning and disruptive change at the UK Open University

    Online learning and disruptive change at the UK Open University

    Sturm und Strang I’ve was in England last week,  attending the 7th eSTEeM conference at the Open University as the opening keynote speaker, only my second visit to the OU since I left nearly 30...

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  • ‘Making Digital Learning Work’: why faculty and program directors must change their approach

    ‘Making Digital Learning Work’: why faculty and program directors must change their approach

    Bailey, A. et al (2018) Making Digital Learning Work Boston MA:The Boston Consulting Group/Arizona State University Getting blended learning wrong I’ve been to several universities recently where...

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  • Zuckerberg’s Frankenstein

    Zuckerberg’s Frankenstein

    Prosecutor: Dr. Frankenberg, are you aware that there is a monster roaming the countryside, stealing all the villagers’ personal information? Dr. Frankenberg: Yes, sir, I am. Prosecutor: And is it...

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  • ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development

    ‘Humans Wanted’: online learning and skills development

    Royal Bank of Canada (2018) Humans Wanted Toronto ON: Royal Bank of Canada I have at last got hold of a full copy of this report that came out a couple of weeks ago. Much to my surprise, I found...

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  • Stanford University to be fully online by 2025?

    Stanford University to be fully online by 2025?

    Today I have received a tip from a close colleague that Stanford University is planning to build a partnership with Alphabet Inc., the owner of Google, to enable Stanford to become a fully online...

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  • How to deal with online learning ‘deniers’ in your institution

    How to deal with online learning ‘deniers’ in your institution

    Lieberman, M. (2018) Overcoming faculty resistance – or not? Inside Higher Education, March 14 I’ve been a bit slow on picking up on this (thanks to WCET for bringing it to my attention), but this...

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  • Our responsibility in protecting institutional, student and personal data in online learning

    Our responsibility in protecting institutional, student and personal data in online learning

    WCET (2018) Data Protection and Privacy Boulder CO: WCET United States Attorney’s Office (2018) Nine Iranians Charged With Conducting Massive Cyber Theft Campaign On Behalf Of The Islamic...

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  • Meeting the challenge of online degrees for the professions

    Meeting the challenge of online degrees for the professions

      Chatlani, S. (2018) Navigating online professional degrees – potential and caution, Education Dive, March 21 In previous posts, I have pointed out the challenges of getting online qualifications...

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  • Web discussion on the future of the distance teaching university

    Web discussion on the future of the distance teaching university

    If you have an hour to spare and are interested in this topic, you can access a video of this webinar organized on March 5 by EDEN as part of Open Education Week. The recording can be accessed...

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  • The current madness in online learning: case no. 2

    The current madness in online learning: case no. 2

    Baker, R. et al. (2018) Bias in Online Classes: Evidence from a Field Experiment, Stanford CA: Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis, CEPA Working Paper  No. 18-03 Yesterday I ranted at...

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  • The current madness in online learning: case no. 1

    The current madness in online learning: case no. 1

    Coughlan, S. (2018) University offers science degree online for £5,650 per year, BBC News, March 6 If you want to know what the very opposite of an open higher education system is, look no further...

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  • Virtual reality for midwives: an Australian example

    Virtual reality for midwives: an Australian example

    Connolly, B. (2018) How virtual reality is transforming learning at the University of Newcastle, CIO, 8 March This article includes a couple of nice, short videos demonstrating the use of AR and...

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  • Videos from three ‘inspiring’ online leaders

    Videos from three ‘inspiring’ online leaders

    Drexel University Online as part of its excellent Virtually Inspired blog has posted three videos of  ‘thought leaders’ in online learning. You can find them here. Each video is less than 10...

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  • Assessing the dangers of AI applications in education

    Assessing the dangers of AI applications in education

    Lynch, J. (2017) How AI will destroy education, buZZrobot, 13 November I’m a bit slow catching up on this (I have a large backlog of articles and books to review), but this is the best critique I...

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  • Dispelling some myths about distance education in the USA

    Dispelling some myths about distance education in the USA

    Taylor-Straut, T. (2018) Distance Education Enrollment Growth – Major Differences Persist Among Sectors Boulder CO: WCET, 1 March This is another valuable analysis by the WCET of the...

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  • Important developments in indigenous online learning

    Important developments in indigenous online learning

    Royal Roads University (2018) First Nations Technology Council and Royal Roads University celebrate partnership in education, innovation Victoria BC: Royal Roads University, press release, 23...

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