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OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN
NORTH AMERICA: THE END OF DTU’S?
Tony Bates
Strong growth in DE
• Annual surveys of online
and distance learning:
– USA: Babson/Dept. of
Education, from 2002
– Canada...
Canada: online/distance education offered
by nearly all institutions
• 83% ‘conventional’
universities/colleges offer DE
c...
Canada: DTUs struggling
Enrolments flat/declining at:
• Athabasca University
• Téluq (Québec)
• Cégep à distance (Québec)
...
USA: online/distance learning:
more students, more concentrated
• 33% students take at least one DE course
• 73% of enrolm...
Online learning becoming mainstream
Most Canadian institutions 15
years experience of fully online
Move to blended learnin...
Issues with online learning at conventional
universities
73% institutions reported
inadequate training for faculty
Use of ...
How DTUs can win
build at scale without loss of quality:
• better designs for online learning - designs that develop
knowl...
Questions/discussion
• DTUs have a different market - so why worry?
• DTUs should do what they do now – only better.
• DTU...
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Presentation by Tony Bates, EDEN Senior Fellow, EDEN Senior Fellow, at the 2019 European Distance Learning Week's second-day webinar on "What might the future hold for distance education universities?" - 12 November 2019 Recording of the discussion is available: https://eden-online.adobeconnect.com/pbph1w8fe5ec/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEKjFXUFvFY

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Open And Distance Learning In North America: The End Of DTUs?

  1. 1. OPEN AND DISTANCE LEARNING IN NORTH AMERICA: THE END OF DTU’S? Tony Bates
  2. 2. Strong growth in DE • Annual surveys of online and distance learning: – USA: Babson/Dept. of Education, from 2002 – Canada: CDLRA from 2017 • Strong growth in both countries (regular enrolments flat or declining) USA distance ed. enrolments
  3. 3. Canada: online/distance education offered by nearly all institutions • 83% ‘conventional’ universities/colleges offer DE courses for credit • Nearly all DE fully online • 18% of students take at least one online course • 8% of all course registrations • 68%: online very or extremely important for future
  4. 4. Canada: DTUs struggling Enrolments flat/declining at: • Athabasca University • Téluq (Québec) • Cégep à distance (Québec) • Thompson Rivers Open Learning • Royal Roads University All face challenges (e.g. Laval)
  5. 5. USA: online/distance learning: more students, more concentrated • 33% students take at least one DE course • 73% of enrolments in public/state institutions; 6% in for- profit • 5% of institutions account for 50% of all enrolments
  6. 6. Online learning becoming mainstream Most Canadian institutions 15 years experience of fully online Move to blended learning • Flipped classrooms • New designs: active classrooms • Games/simulations/VR Learning technology centres: learning design + technology Queen’s University active classroom
  7. 7. Issues with online learning at conventional universities 73% institutions reported inadequate training for faculty Use of video lectures: too easy for untrained faculty = poor design • too much content; • not enough student activity • inadequate feedback Scaling up training when ALL teaching is blended
  8. 8. How DTUs can win build at scale without loss of quality: • better designs for online learning - designs that develop knowledge and skills needed in a digital age • better (world class) student support; active learning; quality feedback; really personal • intelligent use of AI that embeds learning theories and scales best teaching practices • appropriate educational use of advanced digital technologies (games, simulations, VR) at scale
  9. 9. Questions/discussion • DTUs have a different market - so why worry? • DTUs should do what they do now – only better. • DTUs need to change radically if they are to survive • Conventional universities are doomed: DTUs are the future! • North America is different from Europe: so ..... What do YOU think?

Presentation by Tony Bates, EDEN Senior Fellow, EDEN Senior Fellow, at the 2019 European Distance Learning Week's second-day webinar on "What might the future hold for distance education universities?" - 12 November 2019 Recording of the discussion is available: https://eden-online.adobeconnect.com/pbph1w8fe5ec/ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jEKjFXUFvFY

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