Thanks for visiting the ‘Virtual Canuck’
This is my first real blog, but I have been online for over 30 years. My one (and only) Net claim to fame is that I think I organized the first ever ‘virtual conference’. This was run on UseNet, Bit Net and various listservs for the International Council on Distance Education in 1993. I also taught the first Internet course at the University of Calgary. Ironically when students completed the course in 1992, there was no way that a personal could purchase Internet access. Thus, my course was pretty popular, as it came with 6 month access to the net!
Currently, I am a Professor Emeretus and former Canada Research Chair in Distance Education at Athabasca University – Canada’s Open University. I used to teach educational technology courses in the Masters of Education and Research Methods courses in the Doctor of Education program. I am also the director of the Canadian Institute for Distance Education Research CIDER.
You can check out my Google Scholar Research Profile.
I was also the Editor for 10 years and am currently Editor Emeritus of the International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL). IRRODL is the most widely read and most highly cited journal in our field. It has always been an open access journal and we welcome contributions, reviewers and subscribers- all free of charge.
My still continue on the “keynote” circuit – having done over 50 keynotes in the last 12 years in every continent. You can check out some of the slides from these presentations on Slideshare
My current research interests relate to social software use in distance education. You can find more about me including a long and boring CV and some of my recent published articles and presentations at my profile on the Athabasca Landing (Athabasca’s boutique social network)