Dr Tony Bates is the author of eleven books in the field of online learning and distance education. He has provided consulting services specialising in training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education, having worked with over 40 organisations in 25 countries.
In this 12-video series based on the key ideas from his seminal book Teaching in a Digital Age, 2nd Edition, Dr Bates provides theoretical as well as practical tips to improve quality of teaching in campus-based, blended or fully online learning environments.
Read more about this series here.
Skills needed in a digital age covers the following areas: difference between content and skills; core digital skills; methods to teach skills successfully; and the special role of online learning in skills development. Based on chapter 1 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Online learning and teaching methods presents the continuum of online learning; unique teaching affordances of online learning (asynchronous, permanent); online collaborative learning; and use of blended learning. Based on chapter 10 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Implementing online learning covers: institutional plan/ strategy; importance of course design; team approach; faculty development; technology selection and support (LMS/ video conferencing). Based on chapters 7, 12 and 13 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Understanding the learners looks at older, part-time, isolated, often less confident learners in the digital age and highlights the needs for manageable 'chunks' of work, regular feedback and Internet access. Based on chapters 1.6, 12.9 and 12.10 in Teaching in a Digital Age.
Theories of learning covers topics such as behaviorism vs constructivism; sage on the stage vs guide on the side; open pedagogy; connectivism; creating rich online learning environment. Based on chapter 2 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Learner support emphasises the need for clear workload; regular feedback; tutors or main instructor presence; class size/student instructor ratio, etc. Based on chapter 6 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Choosing media covers the difference of media and technologies, pedagogical differences of media, and choice of media using the SECTIONS framework. Based on chapter 9 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Assessment strategies covers a range of topics, such as continuous vs summative assessment; assessing group work; authentic learning and e-portfolios; cheating and monitoring; issues around quality assurance processes for online vs face-to-face; micro-credentials; alignment with national standards, etc. Based on chapters 1, 5.4, 6.8, 11.5 and 12 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Quality in teaching in a digital age includes best practices, standards, checklists, etc. within a nine-step approach to quality. Based on chapter 12 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Trends in open learning covers access and cost barriers; access to people with disabilities; using OER and other open access sources; open pedagogy, etc. Based on chapter 11 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Massive open online courses discusses the differences between various kinds of MOOCs, and between MOOCs and other forms of online and open learning. It also considers pedagogical issues around development and administrative issues of investments on MOOCs. Based on chapter 5 of Teaching in a Digital Age.
Emerging technologies covers how new and emerging technologies such as augmented reality, virtual reality, learning analytic artificial intelligence, etc. are being used in teaching and learning. Based on chapter 8 of Teaching in a Digital Age.