Tony 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. He is also Distinguished Visiting Professor in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University, Toronto.
Tony Bates Associates Ltd was started in 2003, and since then has served over 50 clients in 30 countries. His past contracts include work for UNESCO, the World Bank, U.S. state higher education commissions and universities, the U.K. Open University, the Council of Ontario Universities, and for many Canadian colleges and universities, advising on their online learning strategies. He has worked as a consultant in over 40 countries. He has been a Research Associate with Contact North since 2007.
He is the author of twelve books, including his latest, a free, open online textbook for faculty and instructors, called Teaching in a Digital Age, which has been downloaded over 32,000 times between its publication in April, 2015 and July 2016. It has been translated into seven languages.
The key challenge for university and college instructors is how best to prepare students for a volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous world. This entails a shift of focus from content mastery to high-level skills development. What teaching methods will facilitate such a shift? What role should technology play in making this change? Why is blended and open learning so important? Exploration of actual cases and best pedagogical principles to suggest how this can be done.