Tony Bates

  • 2018 review: open universities and open education

    2018 review: open universities and open education

    Yesterday I reviewed developments in AI and synchronous learning during 2018, and rated them as follows: the hype factor (as the ‘media’ see it) what I think is the significance for online...

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  • A review of AI and synchronous online learning in 2018

    A review of AI and synchronous online learning in 2018

    Although I’m trying to retire, or at least ease up a little, 2018 turned out to be a really busy work year for me. In the end, my various activities did allow me to get a pretty good view of...

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  • Another perspective on AI in higher education

    Another perspective on AI in higher education

    Klutka, J. et al. (2018) Artificial Intelligence in Higher Education: Current Uses and Future Applications Louisville Ky: Learning House This report is by Learning House, an online program...

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  • Athabasca University moves to the cloud

    Athabasca University moves to the cloud

    I’m struggling to understand how artificial intelligence is going to impact on post-secondary education, and in particular on online learning, at least over the next five to ten years. I hope you...

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  • A discussion on the risks and benefits to education of AI and automation

    A discussion on the risks and benefits to education of AI and automation

    I was interviewed recently by Cecília Tomás, a Ph.D. student at Universidade Aberta, the Portuguese Open University, for her thesis on the Internet of Things. In particular, she asked for my views...

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  • Legends of online learning

    Legends of online learning

    Mark Nichols, until recently at the U.K. Open University but who has now returned to New Zealand, has started a new podcast series called ‘Leaders and Legends of Online Learning’. The first four...

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  • Which Canadian university has the most online courses (for credit)?

    Which Canadian university has the most online courses (for credit)?

    Nice little trivia question for you.  The answer: it could well be Université Laval, in Québec City. If you don’t read Lefil, Université Laval’s newspaper for the university community, you will...

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  • Conference: CNIE 2019 ‘Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations’

    Conference: CNIE 2019 ‘Making Waves: Educational Disruptions and Transformations’

    What: The Canadian Network for Innovation in Education connects educators, administrators and practitioners in a bilingual, pan Canadian network. The group promotes research and advances in both...

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  • What does ‘8% of Canadian post-secondary is online’ mean?

    What does ‘8% of Canadian post-secondary is online’ mean?

    Studying at home: and saving the college money I’ve had one or two comments from people at presentations commenting that our recent finding from the 2018 national survey of online learning and...

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  • Why Canada needs five new digital learning universities

    Why Canada needs five new digital learning universities

    Following the results from the recent national survey of online learning and distance education in Canadian universities and colleges, and also my work for Contact North’s Pockets of Innovation...

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  • New enrolment data for online learning in Canadian universities and colleges

    New enrolment data for online learning in Canadian universities and colleges

    Helped a great deal by Jeff Seaman of the Babson Survey Research Group, I have spent the last few weeks (when not on holiday in Portugal), crunching the data on online course enrolments from this...

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  • First Nations art and dance, a new campus, and moving to sustainable open education: a short report on the ETUG Fall Workshop

    First Nations art and dance, a new campus, and moving to sustainable open education: a short report on the ETUG Fall Workshop

    I apologise for the lack of blog posts these last couple of months. I have been busy analysing and writing up data on course enrolments for the national survey. I’ve now more or less finished this...

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  • New web site now live

    New web site now live

    You can see that with the help of MARSWorks Ltd and Contact North, my web site now has a new design. The old one was created in 2008 and has worked extremely well for me over the last 10 years,...

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  • Update on the 2018 national survey of online learning

    Update on the 2018 national survey of online learning

    The return of questionnaires for the 2018 national survey of online learning and distance education in Canadian universities and colleges is now closed. The data tables have been run and we are...

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  • Welcome back and some news

    Welcome back and some news

    Welcome back to all those who have been away on vacation and are just returning or have already returned to work. Here’s what I will be working on over the next couple of months. The 2018 national...

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  • Welcome back and some news

    Welcome back and some news

    Welcome back to all those who have been away on vacation and are just returning or have already returned to work. Here’s what I will be working on over the next couple of months. The 2018 national...

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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