Understanding the Building Blocks of Online Learning

Jane Brindley, Ross Paul, Institute for Performance, Nov 20, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Contact North has produced an 8-part services providing an overview of the contribuition of Tony Bates to online and distance education. It provides a very accessible and clear outline of his work over the last few decades. The series parts are as follows:

  1. Introduction
  2. Planning for effective teaching with technology
  3. How emerging pedagogies map onto the new technologies
  4. How faculty can support learner success
  5. How faculty can assure quality in an online learning environment
  6. Guidelines for faculty from educational technology research
  7. Costing considerations for hybrid and online courses
  8. Institutional and faculty roles in strategic planning

"His constant message is that most institutions are under-exploiting the potential of technology to respond to the growing pressures for change in post-secondary education. For meaningful improvements, major changes are needed in the prevailing institutional cultures and the way they are managed."


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