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TEACHING IN A DIGITAL AGE
A SERIES OF FOUR INTERACTIVE WEBINARS BY CONTACT NORTH | CONTACT NORD RESEARCH ASSOCIATE DR. TONY BATES
Starting in September 2015, Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates is presenting a series of four 45-minute webinars highlighting the practical advice and guidelines offered in his recent book, Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning
Register today for a free 45-minute webinar on Teaching with Technology - How to Use Best Practice Models and Options on Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. EDT.
Although there is no one best design model for all circumstances, some are better than others for developing the knowledge and skills needed in a digital age.
In this webinar, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines on:
- Which delivery models has he found to be most effective for teaching with technology?
- What are the characteristics of an effective teaching model for the digital age?
- What advantages are offered by new technologies for teaching and learning?
The webinar features a 25-minute presentation followed by a 20-minute question and answer session.
Click here to read Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning.
FIND OUT ABOUT 125 TRANSFORMATIVE ONLINE LEARNING INNOVATIONS
Ontario’s 24 public colleges and 22 public universities are a hotbed of innovation in emerging technologies and online tools focused on expanding and improving learning opportunities for students through online and blended learning innovations.
From 2011 through 2014, Contact North | Contact Nord visited innovators at public colleges and universities across Ontario to learn about their initiatives in online, blended, and technology-enabled learning as part of the Pockets of Innovation Series.
In reviewing all 125 Pockets of Innovation, a series of 7 themes emerged showing where the colleges and universities are focusing their efforts at innovating in online learning, including:
- Creating and Adapting Educational Resources
- Making the Most of Blended Learning
- Online Learning Focused on Student Engagement and Flexibility
- Enhancing Learning through Online Assessment
- Planning for Online Learning
- Faculty Development and Support
- Innovative Online Support Services for Students
Read 125 Online Learning Innovations, including an introduction by the Honourable Reza Moridi, Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities.
For the Technology Minded
Kevin Ashton (2015) How to Fly a Horse: The Secret History of Creation, Invention and Discovery. New York: Doubleday.
Kevin Ashton is the man who coined the term “the Internet of Things”. The book explores how innovation actually occurs and what it takes to go from a big idea to fully realizing that idea. The title comes from the big idea the Wright brothers had following a visit to a bicycle store in Ohio. There are some surprises in this book, but it is important for those of us engaged with technology in learning since the book describes how our big ideas about technology- enabled learning need to be more grounded before they will become a reality for our students.
For Course, Program and Instructional Designers
Larry Israelite [Editor] (2015) More Lies About Learning. New York: ATD Books.
This tongue in cheek, but nonetheless insightful book, asks to explore what we really know about adult learning. The authors debunk myths about neuropsychology and learning, about learning management systems and about adult learning in general. Well worth a read if you are wanting not to simply repeat the mistakes of the last decade of learning design.
For those Interested in Post-secondary Education Strategy
Ryan Craig (2015) College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Talk of unbundling – separating who designs and develops courses from who teaches them and separating assessment and credit recognition from teaching – has been with us for some time. There are signs of the beginnings of unbundling everywhere, but few institutions or jurisdictions have fully embraced unbundling as a strategy. This book explores what unbundling could be and why it could be a significant development in higher education.
Rajika Bhandar, and Alessia Lefébure [Editors] (2015) Asia: The Next Higher Education Superpower?. Sewickley, PA: IIE Books.
As Asian higher educational institutions quickly move up the global rankings and Asian school systems show remarkable success, what is the future of higher education in the region? Here a collection of eminent scholars, institutional leaders and analysts look at what is happening in the region (and why) and provide some startling views of the possible futures for higher education in the region.
SAVE THE DATE – LAMBTON COLLEGE MOBILE SUMMIT - MAY 18 – 20, 2016
Mark your calendar and plan to attend!.
STUDYONLINE.CA IS THE GATEWAY TO ONLINE LEARNING
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Visit studyonline.ca today and discover why 130,000 students annually use the portal to help them find online programs and courses to meet their needs.