Research Seminar: Theories for learning with emerging technologies


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The “Research Seminar: Theories for learning with emerging technologies” with Dr. Terry Anderson, was organized by the Edul@b research on September 15, 2016. This Seminar looked at both theories that propel and guide online learning as well as the research paradigms that help shape our research on online learning and teaching.

The seminar was firstly intended to students and professors of the UOC Master and Doctoral programs in Education and ICT (e-learning). In the occasion, participants from Spain, Philippines, United States of America, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Serbia, Chile, Peru, Colombia and South Africa, engaged in a fruitful discussion.

Listen to Dr. Anderson talking about new theories for understanding and exploiting the pedagogical potential of Web-based technologies, net-aware theories of learning, and pragmatic approaches to educational design research and innovation.

Videos of the presentation:

Segment 1: Theories & Online Learning I


Segment 2: Theories & Online Learning II


Segment 3: Paradigms & Online Learning Research


Segment 4: Research Paradigms – Positivist


Segment 5: Research Paradigms – Constructivist


Segment 6: Research Paradigms – Critical, Postmodern


Segment 7: Research Paradigms – Pragmatic + Conclusions


Critical Review of Online Learning / Theories & Research Methods – Open University of Catalonia from Terry Anderson

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About Dr. Terry Anderson


Dr. Terry Anderson is Professor Emeritus and former Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University. He taught educational technology courses in the Master of Education in Distance Education and Research Methods courses in the Doctor of Education program. He was the founding director of the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research CIDER.

His current research interests relate to social software use in distance education. Among numerous publications, he has been co-author of the book “Teaching Crowds” (2014, AU Press), and contributed to the book “Emergence and Innovation in Digital Learning: Foundations and Applications” (2016, AU Press), and the The SAGE Handbook of E-learning Research, 2e (2016, SAGE).

He was editor for 10 years and is currently Editor Emeritus of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL). Dr. Anderson is an active keynote speaker invited in most relevant educational technology conferences around the world (having done over 50 keynotes in the last 12 years).

Since retiring from Athabasca in August 2015, he has also been working on the School of Business at the University of Alberta and has open a Little Free Library near his residence.