Teaching in a Digital Age: a 12-part video series on digital education

A course of video lectures by Dr Tony Bates, renowned expert in the field of online and distance education, is now available for the Russian-speaking audience. The series was produced by the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) and later translated into Russian by UNESCO IITE within the framework of collaboration with COL.

Skills Needed in a Digital Age (with Russian subtitiles)

  • Difference between content and skills
  • Some core digital skills
  • Methods to teach skills successfully
  • Special role of online learning in skills development


Online Learning and Teaching Methods (with Russian subtitles)

  • Continuum of online learning
  • Unique teaching affordances of online learning
  • Online collaborative learning
  • Blended learning


Implementing Online Learning (with Russian subtitles)

  • Institutional plan/strategy
  • Importance of course design
  • Team approach
  • Faculty development
  • Technology selection and support


Understanding the Learners (with Russian subtitles)

  • Learners may be older, part-time, isolated, often less confident
  • What about manageable ‘chunks’ of work?
  • Providing regular feedback
  • Starting slowly
  • Variable internet access


Theories of Learning (with Russian subtitles)

  • Behaviorism vs constructivism
  • Sage on the stage vs guide on the side
  • Open pedagogy
  • Connectivism
  • Creating rich online learning environment (necessary elements)


Learner Support (with Russian subtitles)

  • Clear workload
  • Regular feedback
  • Tutors or main instructor?
  • Class size/student instructor ratio
  • Instructor ‘presence’


Choosing media (with Russian subtitles)

  • Difference between media and technology
  • Types of media
  • Pedagogical affordances of different media
  • Decision models: SECTIONS and SAMR
  • Importance and difficulties of media selection


Assessment Strategies (with Russian subtitiles)

  • Technology and new assessment methods
  • Continuous vs summative assessment
  • Group work assessment
  • Authentic learning and e-portfolios
  • Cheating and monitoring
  • QA processes: online and face-to-face learning
  • Authentication and credentialing
  • Micro-credentials


Quality (with Russian subtitles)

  • Definition of quality
  • External and internal quality assurance
  • Quality assurance standards
  • Best practices for quality assurance


Trends in Open Learning (with Russian subtitles)

  • Concept of open education
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) and other open access resources
  • Open pedagogy


Massive Open Online Courses MOOCs (with Russian subtitiles)

  • What is a MOOC?
  • Strengths and weaknesses of MOOCs


Emerging Technologies (with Russian subtitles)

  • Educational affordances of emerging technologies
  • Serious games
  • Virtual and augmented reality
  • Learning analytics and artificial intelligence

This video series is made available by the Commonwealth of Learning under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence (international): https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/