A Happy Online Learning New Year for 2016

January 1, 2016 Tony Bates

Image: © Ghostlygoingons.com

Image: © Ghostlygoingons.com

I wish all the readers of this blog a wonderful New Year. May your online courses be innovative, fun and highly effective in developing the knowledge and skills that will be needed in a digital age.

Here’s what’s coming up for this blog over the next week or so:

  1. In the USA, fully online enrollments continue to grow in 2014 (a report on the latest data from the IPEDS report)
  2. Book review: ‘The future of the professions: how technology will transform the work of human experts’ (including teachers) by Richard and Daniel Susskind.
  3. Information about the EDEN 2016 conference in Budapest
  4. One or more posts on ‘The future of online learning: automation or human empowerment?” which will be my contribution to looking forward to the future.
The U.S. presidential election will be in November

The U.S. presidential election will be in November

Outside the blog, I will be doing an official, public launch of my book, Teaching in a Digital Age, in Toronto in February, with the help of Contact North (more information to come). The French translation of the book should be ready by March, and the Chinese version before the end of the year. I’m still looking for someone to do a Spanish translation. There is already a version in Vietnamese.

I will also be giving a presentation on ‘Creating effective online learning environments’ at the Chang Talks conference at Ryerson University, Toronto, on February 17.

The Olymic and Para-Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August/September 2016

The Olympic and Para-Olympic games will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August/September 2016

Otherwise, I don’t really have any professional plans for 2016. I will continue to scour the news and literature for nuggets about online learning for my blog, which I plan to keep going.

What I am thinking of doing, though, is writing a semi-autobiographical novel, called ‘The Consultant’, which will aim to cover, in a light-hearted way, the hopes and disappointments of educational technology and international development, and the absurdities of university administration.

In thinking about writing this book, I was reminded about the couple who had been married for 75 years who decided to get divorced. A reporter asked:

‘Why after being married so long did you decide to get divorced?’

‘We wanted to wait until the grandchildren were dead, so we wouldn’t upset them.’

I may well have to wait for a few people to die first before I publish ‘The Consultant’!

Will England win its first major international championship since 1966 - I was there at Wembley when they won the World Cup

Will England win its first major international football/soccer championship since 1966? (I was there at Wembley when they won the World Cup.) They do have a chance this year.

And lastly, here are some more things to look forward to in 2016:

EDMEDIA 2016 2

EDEN 2016 2

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