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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2020
The spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) is placing impossible demands on distance education. With the closure of schools and colleges, teachers are being given only weeks to put their courses online regardless of their lack of online experience and support facilities. In the United States of America, international students who fail to continue…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Electronic Learning, COVID-19, Pandemics
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2019
The development of distance education (DE) over the last 40 years is compared with the evolving content of the "Distance Education" journal during the same period. DE in general has been described as encountering a series of crossroad decision points, and as identifying numerous optimistic horizons beyond them. The decisions made and…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Periodicals, Educational History, Educational Trends
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Baggaley, Jon; James, Sheila – Distance Education, 2016
The authors recognized a close similarity between practices used in online genealogy research and those common in online education. Uses of a popular online database service were examined within a peer instruction community dedicated to researching a family history topic. Three community subgroups were divided into leaders, who base their work on…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Online Courses, Leaders, Peer Teaching
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2016
This commentary discusses reasons that lead scholars to feel entitled to make judgements in areas where they have little or no expertise. Three current reports about the future of online learning are considered, issued by the Global Learning Council, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Gates Foundation. Two of these publications contain…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Electronic Learning, Expertise
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2015
This article examines the current interest of educators in flipped learning. Although this concept has developed in the online and distance education literature over two decades, numerous current writers are attributing it to an idea formed in 2007 by two K-12 teachers in Colorado, USA. The mechanisms that generate such myths are examined, with…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Educational Technology, Homework, Technology Uses in Education
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2014
The techniques used in massive open online courses (MOOCs) are compared with supersizing in the fast food industry. Similarities include the profit motives, marketing techniques, criticisms, industry defences, and evolution of the two controversies. While fast food restaurants strategically increase the size of their meal courses and consumer…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Educational Technology
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2014
The statement by Hunter R. Rawlings III that "there are no good studies on what constitutes bad online pedagogy" coincides with the creation of a Global Learning Council to define the guidelines that previous online educators have allegedly failed to identify. This article discusses these disparaging remarks by the President of the…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Presidents
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2014
This is a postscript to an article about the evolution of the massive open online course (MOOC). In the brief space of time between the previous article's completion and publication, attitudes to the MOOC appear to be changing rapidly. The current follow-up discusses the rejection of key MOOC principles by Harvard University and its…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Large Group Instruction, Class Size, Higher Education
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2013
In 2012-2013, the massive open online course (MOOC) approach has been accepted by universities around the world, and outsourcing companies have been launched to provide the infrastructure for it. Current press and blog coverage of the MOOC trend is examined and the range of reactions to it, most of them enthusiastic. MOOCs vary in their…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Open Education, Distance Education, Program Descriptions
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2013
Inaccurate predictions about educational technology are discussed, and the tendency for them to go unchallenged. Their global generalizability is questionable when the expertise underlying them is restricted to local contexts or is unknown. The limitations of futuristic studies need to be stressed to prevent their conclusions from being applied…
Descriptors: Prediction, Educational Technology, Technological Advancement, Adoption (Ideas)
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2012
Behind every educational concept an opposing notion is waiting for recognition. Despite their avowed objectives, however, academic debates do not always encourage the discussion of opposing views. A review of sessions at the December 2011 Online Educa Conference illustrates that point and others about academic meetings. Opposing viewpoints may be…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Conferences (Gatherings), Educational Methods, Educational Theories
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2011
This article reflects on the flexible learning concept through the eyes of the 19th-century industrial activists known as the Luddites. During a period of economic uncertainty, the Luddite perspective provides a sensitive justification for a change-free educational environment, and for a backlash in favour of "inflexible learning" (IL). The…
Descriptors: Educational Environment, Economic Climate, Resistance to Change, Intervention
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2011
The term Tower of Babel has become synonymous with projects that have grand designs but end in confusion. So named in the Bible, the Tower is described in the Qur'an and in Judaic texts also, under different names. Its reputed purpose was to unify the nations of the earth with a common language. The Tower fell, however, and those who collaborated…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Figurative Language, Educational Trends, Internet
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2010
The bicentenary in 2011 of the Luddite Revolt prompts us to ask "what would Ned Ludd think of today's automated styles of distance education?" He would no doubt echo the common criticism that educational technologies create an impersonal style of teaching and learning, and devalue the teacher. He would probably agree that online methods…
Descriptors: Electronic Learning, Distance Education, Quality Control, Educational Technology
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Baggaley, Jon – Distance Education, 2010
Imaginary worlds have been devised by artists and commentators for centuries to focus satirical attention on society's problems. The increasing sophistication of three-dimensional graphics software is generating comparable "virtual worlds" for educational usage. Can such worlds play a satirical role suggesting developments in distance…
Descriptors: Distance Education, Cartoons, Educational Trends, Computer Software
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