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Bill Anderson

Contact

Tel 64 3 479 5809
Email bill.anderson@otago.ac.nz

Profile

Dr. Bill Anderson is an invaluable addition to the Centre for Distance Education and Learning Technologies, as his main role is Director of Distance Learning at the University of Otago. He has a background in research, teaching and publication in the field of distance and online education.

One of his significant recent publications was the Handbook of Distance Education (2003, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates) co-edited with Prof Michael Moore (Penn State University).

He has considerable experience of teaching online in undergraduate and postgraduate papers.

Research interests

  • Online learning communities and interaction online
  • Design of online learning environments
  • Teaching strategies in online environments
  • Nature of the student experience of learning online

Current research

Bill is currently involved in researching the nature of the learning experience of full-time distance students, and has recently completed research into distance student retention within New Zealand.

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Publications

Stein, S., & Anderson, B. (2015). Perspectives of distance education. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2015/

Anderson, W. (2013). Independent learning: Autonomy, control and meta-cognition. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education. (3rd ed.) (pp. 86-100). New York: Routledge.

Anderson, B., & Smart, M. (2013). Mobile resources for students: Anytime, anywhere access to course material. In J. McDonald, S.-K. Loke, A. McLean & M. Rajoo (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. (pp. 55). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Simpson, M., & Anderson, B. (2012). History and heritage in open, flexible and distance education. Journal of Open, Flexible & Distance Learning, 16(2), 1-10.

Zaka, P., Higgins, A., Anderson, B., & Suddaby, G. (2012). Validating a collective scenario of tertiary education in 2016 with SITE. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 23rd International Conference. (pp. 3170-3176). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. [Full Paper]

Chapter in Book - Research

Anderson, W. (2013). Independent learning: Autonomy, control and meta-cognition. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education. (3rd ed.) (pp. 86-100). New York: Routledge.

Simpson, M., & Anderson, B. (2011). Openness and flexibility in New Zealand: Victories and challenges. In E. Burge, C. Campbell Gibson & T. Gibson (Eds.), Flexible pedagogy, flexible practice: Notes from the trenches of distance education. (pp. 93-105). Edmonton, Canada: AU Press.

Simpson, M., & Anderson, B. (2009). Redesigning initial teacher education. In E. Stacey & P. Gerbic (Eds.), Effective blended learning practices: Evidence-based perspectives in ICT-facilitated education. (pp. 62-78). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Anderson, B., Brown, M., & Murray, F. (2008). Learning in the digital age: Are the ways we learn changing with the use of educational technologies? In A. St George, S. Brown & J. O'Neill (Eds.), Facing the big questions in teaching: Purpose, power and learning. (pp. 134-143). Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.

Anderson, W. (2007). Independent learning. In M. G. Moore (Ed.), Handbook of distance education. (2nd ed.) (pp. 109-122). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2006). From distance teacher education to beginning teaching: What impacts on practice? In M. Tulloch, S. Relf & P. Uys (Eds.), Breaking down boundaries: International experience in open, distance and flexible learning. (pp. 134-141). Bathurst, Australia: Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia.

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Journal - Research Article

Simpson, M., & Anderson, B. (2012). History and heritage in open, flexible and distance education. Journal of Open, Flexible & Distance Learning, 16(2), 1-10.

Anderson, B., Lee, S. W. F., Simpson, M. G., & Stein, S. J. (2011). Study orchestrations in distance learning: Identifying dissonance and its implications for distance educators. International Review of Research in Open & Distance Learning, 12(5). Retrieved from http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/977

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2007). Ethical issues in online education. Open Learning, 22(2), 129-138.

Hodge, S., & Anderson, B. (2007). Teaching and learning with an interactive whiteboard: A teacher's journey. Learning, Media & Technology, 32(3), 271-282. doi: 10.1080/17439880701511123

Anderson, B. (2006). Writing power into online discussion. Computers & Composition, 23, 108-124. doi: 10.1016/j.compcom.2005.12.007

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Journal - Research Other

Anderson, B. (2009). [Review of the book The connecticon: Learning for the connected generation]. Journal of Distance Learning, 13(1), 111-113.

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2008). Introduction. Journal of Distance Learning, 12(1), 3-5.

Anderson, B. (2008). [Review of the book Contemporary perspectives in e-learning research]. American Journal of Distance Education, 22(2), 123-125. doi: 10.1080/08923640701595399

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2007). Introduction. Journal of Distance Learning, 11(1), 3-5.

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2006). Introduction. Journal of Distance Learning, 10(1), 3-5.

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Full paper

Zaka, P., Higgins, A., Anderson, B., & Suddaby, G. (2012). Validating a collective scenario of tertiary education in 2016 with SITE. In P. Resta (Ed.), Proceedings of the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education (SITE) 23rd International Conference. (pp. 3170-3176). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education. [Full Paper]

Anderson, B. (2009). Doubly involved or doubly isolated?: Learning through full time distance study: What the students say. Proceedings of the 23rd International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference. Retrieved from http://www.ou.nl/eCache/DEF/2/11/529.html

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2008). Acting with integrity online: Some questions for educators. In R. Atkinson & C. McBeath (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 25th Conference. (pp. 35-39). Melbourne, Australia: Ascilite and Deakin University. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/melbourne08/procs/index.htm

Brown, M., Anderson, B., Murray, F., & Simpson, M. (2008). Patterns in e-learning policy (2000 to 2005): Lessons from a global analysis. In M. B. Nunes & M. McPherson (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Association for Development of the Information Society Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems. 1, (pp. 129-136). IADIS. [Full Paper]

Brown, M., Anderson, B., & Murray, F. (2007). E-learning policy issues: Global trends, themes and tensions. In R. J. Atkinson, C. McBeath, S. K. A. Soong & C. Cheers (Eds.), Proceedings of the Australian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education Conference. (pp. 75-81). Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/singapore07/procs/

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Conference Contribution - Published proceedings: Abstract

Stein, S., & Anderson, B. (2015). Perspectives of distance education. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from http://www.herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2015/

Anderson, B., & Smart, M. (2013). Mobile resources for students: Anytime, anywhere access to course material. In J. McDonald, S.-K. Loke, A. McLean & M. Rajoo (Eds.), Proceedings of the Spotlight on Teaching and Learning Colloquium. (pp. 55). Dunedin, New Zealand: HEDC, University of Otago. [Abstract]

Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2009). Teaching and learning strategies [Panel discussion: Blended learning: Is there evidence for its effectiveness]. In R. J. Atkinson & C. McBeath (Eds.), Proceedings of the 26th Annual Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Same Places, Different Spaces. (pp. 1214-1216). ascilite. Retrieved from http://www.ascilite.org.au/conferences/auckland09/?m=Programme&s=Programme

Anderson, B. (2008). E-learning in New Zealand: Working toward institutional engagement. Proceedings of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand Conference. DEANZ. Retrieved from http://deanz.org.nz/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=115:deanz-conference-2008-sessions&catid=52:conference-2008&Itemid=110

Wipassilapa, S., Anderson, B. G., & Simpson, M. (2008). An online assessment system for distance education: A case study at Massey University. Proceedings of the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. AERA. Retrieved from http://convention3.allacademic.com/one/aera/aera08/

Anderson, B., & Scott, D. (2008). Completion and attrition rates in distance and online education in the New Zealand tertiary education sector. Proceedings of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand Conference. DEANZ. Retrieved from http://deanz.org.nz/home/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=115:deanz-conference-2008-sessions&catid=52:conference-2008&Itemid=110

Murray, F., Brown, M., Anderson, B., Simpson, M., & Mentis, M. (2006). Global picture, local lesson: A comparative analysis of (e)learning policy. In B. Anderson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand Conference. [CD-ROM] DEANZ. [Abstract]

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Conference Contribution - Poster Presentation (not in published proceedings)

Brown, M., Anderson, B., Simpson, M., & Suddaby, G. (2007, December). Showcasing Mahara: A new open source eportfolio. Poster session presented at the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education 24th Annual Conference, Singapore.

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Simpson, M., Anderson, B., Stein, S., & Lee, S. (2010, April). Student support networks. Verbal presentation at the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference: Quality Connections: Boundless Possibilities: Through Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.

Anderson, B. (2010, April). Get them and keep them? Retention in distance study: A national view. Verbal presentation at the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference: Quality Connections: Boundless Possibilities: Through Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.

Anderson, B., Lee, S., Simpson, M., & Stein, S. (2010, April). Distance student approaches to study. Verbal presentation at the Distance Education Association of New Zealand (DEANZ) Conference: Quality Connections: Boundless Possibilities: Through Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, Wellington, New Zealand.

Anderson, B. (2008, November). E-learning in New Zealand: Linking policy, research and practice. Verbal presentation at the Asia-Pacific Educational Research Association Conference, Singapore.

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Commissioned Report for External Body

Anderson, B., Brown, M., Murray, F., Simpson, M., & Mentis, M. (2006). Global picture, local lessons: E-learning policy and accessibility. Commissioned by Ministry of Education. Wellington, New Zealand. 166p. Retrieved from http://cms.steo.govt.nz/NR/rdonlyres/C1EBB9EB-9122-4F82-94BB-A713CDEE9D02/0/AndersonFinalReport.pdf

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Wipassilapa, S., Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2007). An online assessment system for distance education. Nonthaburi, Thailand: Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. 152p.

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