Discussion Topic: "The Challenges Ahead for the Fall Term and Beyond"



EdCog 2020 Panel Tony Bates

Tony Bates


Tony Bates is currently a Senior Advisor at the Chang School of Continuing Education, Ryerson University. He is also a Research Associate at Contact North|Contact Nord, and a Board member of the Canadian Digital Learning Research Association (CDLRA). He has almost 50 years experience in using technology for teaching, starting in 1969, at the British Open University, where he became a full professor in educational media research.

In 1989, he emigrated to Canada, to take the position of Executive Director, Strategic Planning and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency, Vancouver. In 1995 he moved to the University of British Columbia, to become Director of Distance Education and Technology.

On retirement from UBC in 2003, he started his own consulting company, specializing in the planning and management of learning technologies in post-secondary education. He has worked as a consultant in over 40 countries. He has received honorary degrees from six universities for his research in distance education.


He is the author of twelve books on learning technology, online learning and distance education, including his latest online, open textbook for faculty and instructors, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age’. The book, first published in April 2015, has been downloaded over 500,000 times and is translated into nine languages.

Web site: Online Learning and Distance Education Resources
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EdCog 2020 Panel Joanne Kehoe

Joanne Kehoe


Joanne Kehoe

Associate Director, Educational Technologies, Paul R. MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching at McMaster University

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EdCog Fawziyah Isah

Fawziyah Isah


Fawziyah Isah

Vice President (Education), McMaster Students Union

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EdCog2020 Panelist Laura Cole

Laura Cole


Laura Cole is a sought-after keynote speaker known for her engaging, unscripted speaking style that enables her to quickly build rapport with any audience. She has spent the last 15 years perfecting her presentation craft which she now passionately shares with other professionals who are looking to master the art of presentations and public speaking. Laura’s models are inspired by experience and proven by research. Laura is the co-founder of Your Latitude and a business professor with McKeil School of Business, Mohawk College. You can connect with Laura at Your Latitude