Speaker: Dr.Tony Bates

Dr.Tony Bates


Tony Bates is President and CEO of Tony Bates Associates Ltd, a private company specializing in consultancy and training in the planning and management of online learning and distance education. The company was started in 2003, and since then has served nearly 100 clients in 30 countries. Clients include the World Bank, OECD, UNESCO, national ministries of education, and several U.S. state higher education commissions.


Recent contracts include work for many Canadian colleges and universities, advising on their online learning strategies. He was part-time Chair of e-Learning Research at the Open University of Catalonia in Spain from 2003-2008. He is currently a Research Associate with Contact North, Ontario.


He was Director of Distance Education and Technology in the Continuing Studies Division of the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada from 1995 to 2003 and also Research Team Leader of MAPLE, the Centre for Research into Managing and Planning Learning Environments in Education.


From 1990 to 1995, he was Executive Director, Research, Strategic Planning, and Information Technology at the Open Learning Agency of British Columbia. Prior to that, he was Professor of Educational Media Research at the British Open University, where he worked for 20 years as one of the founding members of staff.


His latest book, ‘Managing Technology in Higher Education: Strategies for Transforming Teaching and Learning’, co-authored with Albert Sangrà of the Open University of Catalonia, was published by Jossey-Bass in May, 2011, and is based on case studies of learning technology management in 11 universities and colleges in North America and Europe.


He is the author or co-author of ten other books, including ‘Technology, e-Learning and Distance Education‘, published in 2005 by Routledge. Other books include ‘Managing Technological Change: Strategies for College and Universities Leaders‘ (2000), and (with Gary Poole) ‘Effective Teaching with Technology in Higher Education‘ (2003), both published by Jossey-Bass, and ‘National Strategies for e-Learning‘ (2001) published by UNESCO.


He has received honorary degrees for his research in the field from Laurentian University, Athabasca University, the Open University of Portugal, the Open University of Catalonia, and the Open University of Hong Kong.


His blog on online and distance education is read worldwide, with 30,000 hits a month.

Contact Info:
Tony Bates Associates Ltd.,
2906 West Broadway, Suite # 342,
Vancouver, B.C.,
Canada V6K 2G8