Tony Bates

  • Update on my web site re-design

    Update on my web site re-design

    Not very interesting, I’m afraid, but I have made some changes to the structure of my web site prior to a new graphics design, and I’d like readers to be aware of these changes. The aim has been...

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  • In memoriam: Ingeborg Bø

    In memoriam: Ingeborg Bø

    The used to say that distance educators never die, they just fade away, but alas, that is not true. Ingeborg, who was Director of the Norwegian Distance Education Association, a trustee of the...

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  • Québec’s Téluq in trouble

    Québec’s Téluq in trouble

    Téluq (the Télé-université within the Université du Québec System) has for many years been a major provider of university-level distance education courses for francophones. Last Friday afternoon,...

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  • Notice: website under redesign

    Notice: website under redesign

    This web site is now more than 10 years old, and the design has not changed over this period. In the meantime, there have been several important developments in web site design, and more...

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  • Journal articles and reports on serious games

    Originally created by Natasha Boskic Branston, C. (2006). From game studies to bibliographic gaming: Libraries tap into the video game culture. Bulletin of the American Society for Information...

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  • Why is innovation in teaching in HE so difficult? 4. Integrating online and distance learning into the mainstream

    Why is innovation in teaching in HE so difficult? 4. Integrating online and distance learning into the mainstream

    This is the fourth and final post in this series. The previous three were: 1. The accreditation agencies? 2. Legacy systems 3. Learning management systems Is it really so difficult? A strong case...

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  • Using virtual reality to study interactive molecular dynamics

    Using virtual reality to study interactive molecular dynamics

    Morales, A. (2018) How Virtual Reality Can Change The Way We See Our Molecular World, Forbes, 25 July O’Connor, M. et al. (2018) Sampling molecular conformations and dynamics in a multiuser...

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  • Book review:  Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas

    Book review: Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas

    Qayyum, A. and Zawacki-Richter, O. (eds.) Open and Distance Education in Australia, Europe and the Americas: National Perspectives in a Digital Age Singapore: Springer, US$24+ Why this book? This...

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  • Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 3. Learning management systems

    Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 3. Learning management systems

    Reasons for using a Learning Management System I pointed out in my previous post that the LMS is a legacy system that can inhibit innovation in teaching. Also in an earlier post I had pointed to...

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  • Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 2. Legacy systems

    Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 2. Legacy systems

      In my first post in this series, I looked at the role of accreditation agencies in blocking innovation. I suggested that while they may seriously inhibit disruptive innovation, accreditation...

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  • Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 1. The accreditation agencies?

    Why is innovation in teaching in higher education so difficult? 1. The accreditation agencies?

    Horn, M. and Dunagan, A. (2018) Innovation and Quality Assurance in Higher Education San Francisco CA: The Christensen Institute Revisiting an old question A couple of things recently have led me...

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  • Is Blackboard dying? The latest instalment in LMS wars.

    Is Blackboard dying? The latest instalment in LMS wars.

    Feldstein, M. (2018) Canvas Surpasses Blackboard Learn in US Market Share, eLiterate, July 8 Kroner, G. (2018) Sensationalizing LMS Market Share in an Era of Fake News, edutechnica, July 13 Don’t...

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  • Book review: Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries

    Book review: Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries

    Latchem, C. (2018) Open and Distance Non-formal Education in Developing Countries Springer: Singapore The author I was about to review this book when I was informed of the death of Colin Latchem,...

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  • What do online college students want and like?

    What do online college students want and like?

    Magda, A. and Aslanian, C. (2018) Online College Students 2018: Comprehensive data on demands and preferences Louisville KY: The Learning House Inc. This is the seventh report on the survey of...

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  • Woolf University: the Airbnb of higher education or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

    Woolf University: the Airbnb of higher education or a sheep in wolf’s clothing?

    Broggi, J.D. et al. (2018) Building the first blockchain university, Oxford UK, April 3 You are going to hear a lot about Woolf University over the next year or so and possibly much longer. This...

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  • Some very good news for Athabasca University (and its students)

    Some very good news for Athabasca University (and its students)

    Graney, J. (2018) Athabasca University gets $4.9 million grant to upgrade outdated IT Edmonton Journal, June 8 One year on from the delivery of the Coates Report, an external review of the...

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  • More developments in teaching science online

    More developments in teaching science online

    Matthews, D. (2018) Scepticism over Google plan to replace labs with virtual reality, Times Higher Education, June 7 The Harvard Gazette (2018) Virtual lab to extend reach of science...

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  • Free online courses on English for Syrian refugees

    Free online courses on English for Syrian refugees

    FutureLearn (2018) New free online courses launched to help Syrian refugees continue their education FE News.co.uk, June 8 Kings College, the University of London, has partnered with FutureLearn,...

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  • A new survey of online learning in Canadian universities and colleges for 2018

    A new survey of online learning in Canadian universities and colleges for 2018

    The News Following the success of the 2017 national survey of online learning in Canadian post-secondary education, an invitation to participate in the 2018 version of the survey will go out to...

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  • How serious should we be about serious games in online learning?

    How serious should we be about serious games in online learning?

    In the 2017 national survey of online learning in post-secondary education, and indeed in the Pockets of Innovation project, serious games were hardly mentioned as being used in Canadian...

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