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One Reason We Are Not Getting Enough Engineers In Canada: The Professional Associations
Tony Bates
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 widespread frustration at the lack of recognition by Canadian professional engineering associations of any courses or programs taken by distance. This is […] Thu, 30 Mar 2017 02:01:26 +0000

Ontario Funds Research And Innovation In Online Learning
Tony Bates
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 innovation in online learning for Ontario universities and colleges. This is a separate fund from their grants for developing online courses. The 45 grants, from a total of […] Wed, 22 Mar 2017 02:23:42 +0000

What Counts When You Cost Online Learning?
Tony Bates
Poulin, R. and Strauss, 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 received a good deal of media coverage. When you read the report you will see why. Much of the media coverage has focused on the finding that respondents […] Mon, 20 Feb 2017 14:07:52 +0000

A Report On University Distance Education In Québec
Tony Bates
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, but I did not know about it until I was given a copy when I was in Québec last week. The report is in French and […] Thu, 16 Feb 2017 01:58:38 +0000

Tracking Innovations In Online Learning In Canada
Tony Bates
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 state of online learning in Canada I am working on two projects at the moment: developing a comprehensive national survey of online […] Mon, 13 Feb 2017 22:37:13 +0000

A Spanish Version Of ‘Teaching In A Digital Age’ Is Now Available
Tony Bates
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 Education, la Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, is now downloadable from the BCcampus open textbook web site.  I am extremely grateful to Ema Aveleyra, Andrea […] Sat, 04 Feb 2017 18:03:49 +0000

Is There Light At The End Of The Tunnel For Athabasca University?
Tony Bates
Climenhaga, D. (2017) Athabasca U’s future seems brighter as Saskatchewan prof named to conduct sustainability review, January 19 Climenhaga, D. (2016) Alberta Government names five new members to Athabasca University Board of Governors,, October  The good news I’ve written several times before about the troubles at Athabasca University, which bills itself as Canada’s open university (for […] Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:38:29 +0000

Maintenant Publié: Les 10 Fondamentaux De L’Enseignement En Ligne Pour Le Personnel Enseignant Et De Formation
Tony Bates
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 répandus au sujet de l’apprentissage en ligne et de l’enseignement en ligne, et en particulier, à vous aider à prendre des décisions quant à vous […] Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:53:53 +0000

Latin American Version Of 10 Fundamentals Of Teaching Online Now Available
Tony Bates
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 and Instructors, originally published in English by Contact North. The Latin American version is freely adapted and includes Latin American examples. It is […] Fri, 30 Dec 2016 19:34:20 +0000

2016: The Year I Failed Retirement
Tony Bates
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 of teaching and management’ and ‘this is not a profession where you can be half in and half out.’ In particular, […] Tue, 20 Dec 2016 20:41:28 +0000