Director, Distance Learning
Dr Bill Anderson
Director, Distance Learning
Tel 3 479 5809
Dr. Bill Anderson is Director of Distance Learning at the University of Otago with 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). His research expertise is in the area of online learning communities and interaction online and his extended research interests include the design of online learning environments, teaching strategies in online environments and the nature of the student experience of learning online. 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. He has considerable experience of teaching online in undergraduate and postgraduate papers.
Selected recent work
Anderson, B. (2010). Get them and keep them? Retention of distance students: A national view. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 April.
Anderson, B., Lee, S., Simpson, M. & Stein, S. (2010). Distance students’ approaches to study. Paper presented at the Biennial Conference of the Distance Education Association of New Zealand, Wellington, New Zealand, 25-28 April.
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: IGI Global.
Anderson, B. (2009). Doubly involved or doubly isolated? Learning through full time distance study. What the students say. Paper presented at the 23rd ICDE World Conference on Open Learning and Distance Education, Maastricht, The Netherlands, 7-10 June.
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. Melbourne, Australia: Cengage Learning.
Anderson, B. (2007). Independent learning. In M.G.Moore (Ed.). Handbook of distance education (2nd ed.) (pp. 109-122). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Hodge, S., & Anderson, B. (2007). Teaching and learning with an interactive whiteboard: a teacher's journey. Learning, Media and Technology, 32(3), 271 - 282.
Anderson, B., & Simpson, M. (2007). Ethical issues in online education. Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning, 22(2), 129 - 138.
Wipassilapa, S., Anderson, B., & Simpson, M.G (2007). An online assessment system for distance education. Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University. (ISBN 978-974-9943-75-5)
Anderson, B. & Simpson, M. (2008). Acting with integrity online: Some questions for educators. Paper presented at the 25th Annual ASCILITE Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 30 November – 3 December.
Anderson, B. (2008). E-learning in New Zealand: Linking policy, research and practice. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Asia Pacific Education Research Association, Singapore, 26-28 November.
For general queries regarding Distance Learning contact the Distance Learning Administrative Assistant:
Distance Learning Office
Tel 64 3 479 4138