Interview with Tony Bates on Aspects and Prospects of Online Learning


Professor Bates emphasized that online learning has a great potential to revolutionize both formal and non-formal education if appropriate systems are in place. He indicated that careful instructional design is an important part of successful online learning along with well-trained instructors and state-of-the-art technologies. He has also pointed out that online learning has not been fully operative yet and still away from fulfilling its potential. Nevertheless, it has been making progress and gradually replacing traditional distance education by improving access and effectiveness of educational opportunities.