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IU has Top Program in Instructional Media in the Country!
Sunday, January 19, 2020

We're #1...We're #1...We're #1.

Per the new rankings from U.S. News and World Report, Indiana University has the top online master's program in instructional media. We now appear as #1 (tied with FSU and ASU) with our more than two decades old master's in instructional systems technology (IST).

https://www.usnews.com/education/online-education/education/online-instructional-media-design-rankings. We also have one of the first and most innovative online doctorates.

The program with 2020 vision! The program of the decade!

Find out more about with the IST department offers and who we are. It is the oldest and longest running IST program in the country and perhaps the world.
Online Master's
Online Ed.D.

Not convinced? Look at the other programs and tell who is better (see my well known list):

http://www.trainingshare.com/resources/Instructional_Technology_and_Educational_Technology_Programs.php

Apply today!


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Indiana University is 200 years old tomorrow. Long live IU!

Go IU! Go Big Red! There are momentous days and then there are momentous days.

See the Indiana Daily Student (ISD) “Happy Bicentennial, IU” edition (see: https://www.idsnews.com/section/bicentennial or https://issuu.com/idsnews/docs/binder1_18b1e911d24656). Monday is IU’s 200 year anniversary (1-20-2020). At 10 am EST Monday, there will be a ceremony to commemorate the unveiling of the Big Red III Supercomputer at the Cyberinfrastructure Building. I will be there for the 10 unveiling.

The new Bicentennial Grand Carillon behind the main library with ring with 65 bells at 11:45 am. Many other singing and dancing events on campus follow that.

You can watch it all streamed live at 10 am EST: https://broadcast.iu.edu/

The first classes at Indiana University (IU) did not start till 1825 since it took a while to agree on a location/city. Fortunately, they selected Bloomington. We were intended to be a seminary.

200 years! I arrived when it was just 172 years old. It is now 200. I have been here for 14% of it. See below for the new Bicentennial Grand Carillon and the old Big Red II. 

IU Media Bicentennial videos: 
1. Various IU historical videos: https://200.iu.edu/media/videos.html 

I arrived in late August 1992 from West Virginia University (WVU). I have spent much of my life here (nearly 28 years). I have seen a lot...mostly good things. Long live IU!




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The new MOOCs book is out! The new MOOCs book it OUT! Long live MOOCs!!!
Sunday, December 29, 2019

Introducing MOOCs Book #3...




MOOCs Book #1. Back in 2015, Mimi Lee, Tom Reeves, Tom Reynolds, and I edited a book on the MOOCs and open education that was published by Routledge. This book was soon translated to Korean and then Chinese...most recently to Arabic (still looking for a publisher for the Arabic version).

Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.). (2015). MOOCs and open education around the world. NY: Routledge.



Book Homepage: http://moocsbook.com/


Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/dp/1138807419





Dr. Paul Byun (on right), an alum of my program at Indiana University, led the Korean translation team.




Dr. Okhwa Lee, who works with Paul at Chungbuk National University went to graduate school with me at the University of Wisconsin a long time ago.


The Chinese translation team from South China Normal University is below. They also translated my book, The World is Open and have a chapter in the new MOOCs book.




The book received a first place book award at the AECT conference in Las Vegas in 2016 (see pic below with our editor from Routledge, Daniel Schwartz). The was quite an honor for Mimi, Tom, Tom, and I. Awards like these happy in fleeting moments in time but are life lasting memories.





“MOOCs and Open Education Around the World”
Edited by Curt Bonk, Mimi Lee, Tom Reeves, and Tom Reynolds
(Published 2015 in English, 2016 in Korean, and 2018 in Chinese)

Book Endorsement:
I am truly astonished by the creative energy that the MOOC has unleashed in recent years. This book is a wonderful collection of some of the very best thinking in this very young field.”
 

Quote from Sebastian Thrun, CEO and cofounder of Udacity, Stanford Professor, and developer of Google Glass and self-driving cars, and instructor to 160,000+ students in a MOOC on AI.


MOOCs Book #2. We simultaneously edited a special issue of the International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL) which was published as a print on demand book by AACE.

Lee, M. M., Bonk, C. J., Reynolds, T. H., & Reeves, T. C. (Eds.) (2015). MOOCs and Open Education. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.

Lee, M. M., Bonk, C. J., Reynolds, T. H., & Reeves, T. C. (Eds.) (2015). Special Issue: MOOCs and Open Education. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(3), 261-400. (For details, see http://moocsbook.com/ or http://www.editlib.org/j/IJEL/v/14/n/3/

Like MOOCs book #1, this special issue and book project on MOOCs and open education spun out of a preconference symposium at the International E-Learn conference in Las Vegas in 2013. We had around 100 people in attendance at the preconference.





MOOCs Book #3. Well guess what? We got another one. This book project was led by my long-time colleague, Dr. Ke Zhang of Wayne State University. Ke along with Tom Reeves, Tom Reynolds, and I edited this one. It was also published by Routledge in November 2019 but is dated 2020.

It was a ton of work. There are 68 contributors from 25 or so countries who describe what is occurring in 47 different countries. There are chapters from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Fiji, Brazil, the UAE (includes info on Saudi Arabia, Jordan, etc.), The Philippines, the Bahamas, Turkey, India, Chile, Indonesia, Malaysia, Egypt, Kenya, Thailand, South Africa, and even North Korea is covered. 

We were a great team. It has been a shear delight working with Ke Zhang, Tom Reeves, Mimi Lee, and Tom Reynolds on one or more of these three MOOC book projects. They are some of the best friends and colleagues one could have. Still, it may be our last such project. It may be time to MOOC on. Ke, Tom, Tom, and I were legitimately exhausted and a couple is us got ill at the end of the third one. I know that I was dead tired at when we turned it in to the publisher in May....in addition to editing and writing 30 chapters (counting the foreword and the preface), we had to collect 68 contracts, bios, titles, high resolution pics, addresses, emails, etc. But we were still smiling as we got it done!





MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South,” the reference is below. Links to the sharable frontmatter for the book (Foreword, Preface, and Chapter 1) attached) and at MOOCsbook.com. Thanks.


Zhang, K., Bonk, C. J., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (2020). MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Successes and challenges. In K. Zhang, C. J. Bonk, C. Reeves, T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Challenges, successes, and opportunities (pp. 1-14). NY: Routledge. DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9780429398919


Book Homepages: http://moocsbook.com/



Book Blurb:
"With e-learning technologies evolving and expanding at high rates, organizations and institutions around the world are integrating massive open online courses (MOOCs) and other open educational resources (OERs). MOOCs and Open Education in the Global South explores the initiatives that are leveraging these flexible systems to educate, train, and empower populations previously denied access to such opportunities.

Featuring contributors leading efforts in rapidly changing nations and regions, this wide-ranging collection grapples with accreditation, credentialing, quality standards, innovative assessment, learner motivation and attrition, and numerous other issues. The provocative narratives curated in this volume demonstrate how MOOCs and OER can be effectively designed and implemented in vastly different ways in particular settings, as detailed by experts from Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific/Oceania, and the Caribbean. 

This comprehensive text is an essential resource for policy makers, instructional designers, practitioners, administrators, and other MOOC and OER community stakeholders."


The frontmatter includes the foreword from Mimi Lee and the Preface and Chapter 1 from Ke Zhang, Tom Reeves, Tom Reynolds, and myself. I think we had to rewrite the preface about 50 times; I was lead on the preface so I have every draft copy saved on my machine...taking up a lot of file space. Suffice to say, it is fairly long. In effect, we attempt to provide a brief history of the field of MOOCs and open education as well as some of our involvement in it. I'm sure glad that is done.

Lee, M. M. (2020). Foreword. In K. Zhang, C. J. Bonk, T. C. Reeves, & T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Challenges, successes, and opportunities (pp. xiii-xv). NY: Routledge.

Bonk, C. J., Zhang, K., Reeves, T. C., Reynolds, T. H. (2020). Preface: MOOCs and open education—Wandering and winding our way to today. In K. Zhang, C. J. Bonk, T. C. Reeves, T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Challenges, successes, and opportunities (pp. xvi-xxxiii). NY: Routledge.

Zhang, K., Bonk, C. J., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (2020). MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Successes and challenges. In K. Zhang, C. J. Bonk, C. Reeves, & T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Challenges, successes, and opportunities (pp. 1-14). NY: Routledge.





Remember: The Frontmatter of the book (i.e., Foreword, Preface, and Chapter One) is free to download. Unless you are like my dog Oliver (see below) and want the whole book. If so, go to Amazon and the publisher websites (Taylor and Francis or Routledge).
 
Book Homepages: http://moocsbook.com/



If you get the book, don't forget to read the ending.

Chapter 28:
Reynolds, T. H., Reeves, T. C., Bonk, C. J., Zhang, K. (2020). MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Future opportunities. In K. Zhang, C. J. Bonk, C. Reeves, & T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs and open education in the Global South: Challenges, successes, and opportunities (pp. 342-350). NY: Routledge.

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Name: Curt Bonk
Home: Bloomington, Indiana, United States
About Me: I am a former accountant and CPA and a former educational psychologist. I am now Professor of IST at Indiana University and also adjunct in the School of Informatics. I founded and later sold SurveyShare. As president of CourseShare, LLC, I run around the world training instructors to teach online and give motivational talks about emerging learning technologies. I also write and edit books related to e-learning and blended learning. See bio and vita.

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