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TEACHING IN THE DIGITAL AGE:
GUIDELINES FOR DESIGNING TEACHING AND LEARNING

Five Practical Advice Exchange Sessions at the World Conference on Online Learning
with
Dr. Tony Bates
Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate

FIVE MUST ATTEND SESSIONS
FOR FACULTY AND INSTRUCTORS DESIGNING THEIR FIRST
ONLINE COURSE OR REDESIGNING EXISTING ONLINE COURSES

1. Building an Effective Learning Environment – How to Enable More Flexible Models of Learning Design to be Created and Applied

During this first of five 45-minute interactive exchange sessions, Building an Effective Learning Environment – How to Enable More Flexible Models of Learning Design to be Created and Applied, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines about teaching with technology and how to use the best practice models and options for faculty and instructors designing their first online course or wishing to redesign an existing online course.

Delegates gain an understanding of:

  • Which delivery models are found to be the most effective for teaching with technology;
  • What are the characteristics of an effective teaching model for the digital age; and
  • What advantages are offered by new technologies for teaching and learning.

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.

If you wish to participate in this session, please do your homework and make sure you have read Chapters 1-4 of Teaching in a Digital Age before attending!

2. Choosing Media – How They Differ and How to Make the Best Choices for My Teaching

During this second of five 45-minute interactive exchange sessions, Choosing Media – How They Differ and How to Make the Best Choices for My Teaching, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines about choosing media for instruction and how to make the best choices for faculty and instructors designing their first online course or wishing to redesign an existing online course.

Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • How media differ pedagogically;
  • How new media and technologies can be analyzed to assess their benefits and limitations for teaching and learning; and
  • Which criteria or questions can guide me in selecting among various media for my specific learning objectives and situations.

If you wish to participate in this session, please do your homework and make sure you have read Chapters 6 – 8 of Teaching in a Digital Age before attending!

3. Making the Choice – How to Choose between Online, Blended or Campus-Based Delivery for Effective Learning and How to Choose an Appropriate Teaching Method

During this third of five 45-minute interactive exchange sessions, Making the Choice – How to Choose between Online, Blended or Campus-Based Delivery for Effective Learning and How to Choose an Appropriate Teaching Method, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines about choosing between online, blended or campus-based delivery for faculty and instructors designing their first online course.

Delegates gain an understanding of:

  • What is the continuum of technology-based learning;
  • Which key factors can be used to make choices for the best teaching method; and
  • Which forms of teaching can be used to develop the conceptual, practical, personal and social skills essential for today’s students.

No single method of teaching is likely to meet all faculty and student requirements – but how do you choose the best method for your students and content?

If you wish to participate in this session, please do your homework and make sure you have read Chapter 9 of Teaching in a Digital Age before attending!

4. Ensuring Quality – How to Design and Deliver Quality Courses in a Supportive Learning Environment

During this fourth of five 45-minute interactive exchange sessions, Ensuring Quality – How to Design and Deliver Quality Courses in a Supportive Learning Environment, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines about how to design and deliver quality courses in a supportive learning environment.

Delegates will gain an understanding of:

  • What quality teaching is in a digital age;
  • What the nine steps are to quality teaching in a digital age; and
  • What the characteristics are of an effective learning environment.

New technologies and the needs of learners in a digital age require a rethinking of traditional teaching so that learners can be successfully helped to develop the knowledge and skills they require. Quality is defined as teaching methods that reach this goal.

If you wish to participate in this session, please do your homework and make sure you have read Chapter 11 of Teaching in a Digital Age before attending!

5. How Open Education Will Revolutionize Higher Education: The Impact of Open Research, Open Textbooks, OERs and Open Data on Course Design and Delivery 

During this fifth of five 45-minute interactive exchange sessions, How Open Education Will Revolutionize Higher Education, Dr. Tony Bates offers practical advice and guidelines about the impact of open research, open textbooks, OERs and open data on course design and delivery.

Delegates gain an understanding of:

  • How the role of an instructor is likely to be changed by developments in open learning;
  • When faculty should create their own material and when they should use open educational resources; and
  • How to maximize the use of digital materials once created.

Although open education initiatives such as OERs and open textbooks are currently fairly marginal, when they are combined with other developments such as open research and open data, they will transform university and college teaching, by shifting the focus away from content delivery to learner support. This workshop looks at the implications of these developments for online course design and delivery.

If you wish to participate in this session, please do your homework and make sure you have read Chapter 10 of Teaching in a Digital Age before attending!

This five-part series of exchange sessions highlights practical advice and guidelines offered in Dr. Bates’ book, Teaching in a Digital Age: Guidelines for Teaching and Learning, which has been downloaded over 50,000 times and is being translated into 9 languages.

Dr. Tony Bates

Facilitator

Dr. Tony Bates is the author of 12 books and over 350 papers in the area of distance education and the use of technology for teaching including ‘Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning’, co-authored with Albert Sangrà of the Open University of Catalonia, ‘Technology, e-Learning and Distance Education’, ‘Managing Technological Change: Strategies for College and Universities Leaders’, ‘Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education’ (with Gary Poole), and ‘National Strategies for e-Learning’.

As Contact North | Contact Nord Research Associate Dr. Tony Bates delivered a series of five webinars for 500+ faculty, instructors, instructional designers, administrators and practitioners in online and distance learning in the Teaching in a Digital Age Webinar Series. These very popular webinars are now available in a live series of five exchange sessions at the World Conference on Online Learning.

His blog ‘Online learning and distance education resources‘ has over 2,000 posts, more than 3,000 ‘followers’, and 30,000+ visits per month.

Dr. Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of e-learning and distance education in over 40 countries. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.

Tony has provided advice on online learning strategies to the World Bank, U.S. state higher education commissions and universities, the U.K. Open University, as well as many Canadian colleges and universities.

Stay tuned for more information on the schedule for these five practical advice exchange sessions.

All part of your registration fee at the World Conference in Online Learning.