Professor Terry Anderson
Professor Terry Anderson is a well known and internationally respected academic with a long history in distance and online education. He is Professor Emeritus and former Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University – where he taught Educational Technology and Research Methods courses in the post-graduate programmes. He is the director of the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research (CIDER) and an advisor to Canadian federal and state governments.
Terry has written and edited a number of books including the award winning “The Theory and Practice of Online Learning” and most recently “Teaching Crowds: Learning and Social Media”. These are available for free download from the Athabasca University Press website. He is also the Editor Emeritus for the open access journal IRRODL, (the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning). With co-researchers Garrison & Archer, he developed the Community of Inquiry model and applied it to online learning. This has become a seminal piece of work supporting learning theory research across disciplines and educational settings.
Keynote: Engagement and quality in blended and flipped classrooms
Professor Anderson discussed the relationships between learning theories, technology and pedagogical approaches, exploring what these mean for academics today. Blended, flipped and social learning can challenge our perceptions of teaching but it need not be so. How do we match technology to our teaching approaches and vice versa. How can we ensure our students have great outcomes, relevant for the digital age, without creating more work for ourselves.