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Bill Anderson


Tel 64 3 479 5809


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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Stein, S. J., & Anderson, B. (2017). Hidden aspects of administration: How scale changes the role of a distance education administrator. Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration, XX(4). Retrieved from

Stein, S., & Anderson, B. (2015). Perspectives of distance education. Proceedings of the Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand (TERNZ) Conference. Retrieved from

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.

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