Designing Teaching for the Digital Age - Dr. Tony Bates

Campus Saint-Jean, Faculty of Education and the Centre for Teaching and Learning invite you to a visiting speaker lecture by Dr. Tony Bates.

Designing Teaching for the Digital Age
Thursday, August 30, 2018 (3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)
Location: SAB 321

This presentation looks at some of the methods that can be used to develop the knowledge and skills that students will need in a digital aid. It will define 21st century skills, and suggest ways in which blended and online learning can help develop such skills, across a wide range of disciplines. In particular, it will look at methods to develop skills such as knowledge management, independent learning, and creative thinking (especially in science and technology).

Dr. Tony Bates

Tony Bates is currently a Distinguished Visiting Professor at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University and a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the De Groote School of Business at McMaster University. He is also a Research Associate at Contact North|Contact Nord. He has almost 50 years experience in using technology for teaching, starting in 1969, at the British Open University, where he became a full professor in educational media research.

In 1989, he emigrated to Canada, to take the position of Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency, Vancouver. In 1995 he moved to the University of British Columbia, to become Director of Distance Education and Technology. On retirement from UBC in 2003, he started his own consulting company, specializing in the planning and management of learning technologies in post-secondary education. He has worked as a consultant in over 40 countries. He has received honorary degrees from six universities for his research in distance education.

He is the author of twelve books on learning technology, online learning and distance education, including his latest online, open textbook for faculty and instructors, "Teaching in a Digital Age". The book, first published in April 2015, has been downloaded over 100,000 times and is being translated into ten languages.

In 2017 he led a team of independent Canadian researchers that conducted a national survey of online and distance education in Canadian universities and colleges.

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