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  • Virtual Reality and education: some thoughts

    Virtual Reality and education: some thoughts

    I spent a very interesting evening this week at a Vancouver VR Community event at Mobify‘s headquarters in downtown Vancouver. Mobify is a provider of progressive web apps for e-commerce and has a...

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  • A better ranking system for university teaching?

    A better ranking system for university teaching?

    Redden, E. (2017) Britain Tries to Evaluate Teaching Quality Inside Higher Ed, June 22 This excellent article describes in detail a new three-tiered rating system of teaching quality at...

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  • A brighter future for Athabasca University?

    A brighter future for Athabasca University?

    Coates, K. (2017) Independent Third-Party Review of Athabasca University Saskatoon, SK This report, 45 pages in length plus extensive appendices, was jointly commissioned by the Government of...

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  • Pushing the boundaries of higher education – in Barcelona

    Pushing the boundaries of higher education – in Barcelona

    If you are going to push any boundaries, Barcelona is as good a place as any to do it. Home of Antoni Gaudi, Joan Miró, Picasso (for a significant period in his work), the chef Ferran Adrià, and...

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  • DIY online courses on Facebook

    DIY online courses on Facebook

    Hughes, M. (2017) Facebook is letting Groups create online learning courses – what could possibly go wrong?  The Next Web, 1 June It has been a depressing week for me, with terrorist bombings,...

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  • Update on Canadian survey of online learning

    Update on Canadian survey of online learning

    This update builds on two earlier posts: Building a national survey of online learning in Canada What is online learning? Seeking a definition The online questionnaire has now been distributed by...

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  • E-portfolios from Dublin City University to enhance student employability

    E-portfolios from Dublin City University to enhance student employability

    Dublin City University (2017) DCU launches new online learning portfolio to enhance student employability 24 May I have been neglecting my blog because I have been really busy with two major...

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  • One business case for OER examined

    One business case for OER examined

    Law, P. and Perryman, L.-A. (2017) How OpenLearn supports a business model for OER Distance Education, Vol. 38, No. 1 The journal: ‘Distance Education’ Distance Education is one of the oldest and...

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  • Latest data on USA distance education enrolments

    Latest data on USA distance education enrolments

    Digital Learning Compass (2017) Distance Education Enrolment Report 2017 Wellesley MA A new partnership for the analysis of distance education data in the USA First, a little background. Most of...

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  • What is online learning? Seeking definition

    What is online learning? Seeking definition

    The survey One reason I have not been blogging much this year is because I have been heavily engaged in leading a national survey of online learning and distance education in Canadian public...

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  • One reason we are not getting enough engineers in Canada: the professional associations

    One reason we are not getting enough engineers in Canada: the professional associations

    From nearly 2,500 posts over nine years, none has generated so many comments as Can you teach ‘real’ engineering at a distance?  What you will see from the comments from readers is a deep and...

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  • Ontario funds research and innovation in online learning

    Ontario funds research and innovation in online learning

    eCampus Ontario (2017) Research and Innovation: Funded Projects Toronto ON: eCampus Ontario A few days ago, eCampus Ontario officially announced nearly $2.5 million of grants for research and...

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  • What counts when you cost online learning?

    What counts when you cost online learning?

    Poulin, R. and Straut, T. (2017) Distance Education Price and Cost Report Boulder CO: WCET This highly controversial report has generated considerable discussion in WCET’s own Forum, and has...

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  • A report on university distance education in Québec

    A report on university distance education in Québec

    Conseil supérieur de l’éducation (2015) La formation à distance dans les universités québécoises: un potential à optimiser Québec: Gouvernement du Québec This report is now nearly 18 months old,...

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  • Tracking innovations in online learning in Canada

    Tracking innovations in online learning in Canada

    I’ve not been blogging much recently because, frankly, I’ve been too busy, and not on the golf course or ski slopes, either. (Yeah, so what happened to my retirement? Failed again). Assessing the...

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  • A Spanish version of ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ is now available

    A Spanish version of ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’ is now available

    I am very pleased to announced that La Enseñanza en la Era Digital, a complete, open, online Spanish version of ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’, translated and adapted by the Centre for Distance...

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  • Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Athabasca University?

    Is there light at the end of the tunnel for Athabasca University?

    Climenhaga, D. (2017) Athabasca U’s future seems brighter as Saskatchewan prof named to conduct sustainability review Albertapolitics.ca, January 19 Climenhaga, D. (2016) Alberta Government names...

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  • Maintenant publié: Les 10 fondamentaux de l’enseignement en ligne pour le personnel enseignant et de formation

    Maintenant publié: Les 10 fondamentaux de l’enseignement en ligne pour le personnel enseignant et de formation

    Contact Nord est venu de paraître l’édition française de ‘The 10 Fundamentals of Teaching Online for Faculty and Instructors.’ Ces guides visent à examiner quelques idées fausses et mythes très...

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  • Latin American version of 10 Fundamentals of Teaching Online now available

    Latin American version of 10 Fundamentals of Teaching Online now available

    Professor Selin Carrasco, of la Universidad de la Punta in San Luis, Argentina, has developed a Latin American version (in Spanish, of course) of the 10 Fundamentals of Teaching Online for Faculty...

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  • 2016: The Year I Failed Retirement

    2016: The Year I Failed Retirement

    The new age of retirement I decided in April 2014 ‘to stop (nearly) all professional activities from now onwards’. I argued that ‘it is dangerous for a consultant to become adrift from the reality...

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