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Why not publish in the Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D)? Why not, indeed!
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Publishing open education in open journals has many advantages. For instance, people are less likely to call you a hypocrite...or so I hope.

Are you interested in the developing world or open education? MOOCs? Are you new in your career? Are you an oldtimer with much wisdom and knowledge? Are you just looking for a journal to publish in? Well, then, try the relatively new journal called the Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D): http://www.jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d. This journal comes from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver. My fantabulous friend Sanjaya Mishra from COL is one of the lead people on it. Thanks Sanjaya (see his COL bio)!

My most excellent colleague, Mimi Lee from the University of Houston, and I have a mixed methods research article in the current issue if JL4D that came out last week. It is open access.
        

             Bonk, C. J., & Lee, M. M. (2017). Motivations, achievements, and challenges of self-directed informal learners in open educational environments and MOOCs. Journal of Learning for Development, 4(1), 36-57. Retrieved from http://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/195/188

The article stems from research on informal and self-directed learning that I conducted with participants to my MOOC with Blackboard several years ago. It is great to have this research published finally. I have informed my friends at Blackboard as well as my former TAs who helped with this project. They are all delighted.

You might want to explore the Table of Contents (TOC) for that entire issue (or here). Below is the title, abstract, and keywords from that article:


Motivations, Achievements, and Challenges of Self-Directed Informal Learners in Open Educational Environments and MOOCs



Abstract: This research targeted the learning preferences, goals and motivations, achievements, challenges, and possibilities for life change of self-directed online learners enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) related to online teaching hosted by Blackboard using CourseSites. Data collection included a 40-item survey of which 159 MOOC respondents completed the close-ended survey items and 49 completed the 15 open-ended survey items. Across the data, it is clear that self-directed online learners are internally motivated and appreciate the freedom to learn and choice that open educational resources provide. People were also motivated to learn informally from personal curiosity and interest as well as professional growth needs and goals for self-improvement. Identity as a learner was positively impacted by informal online learning pursuits. Foreign language skills as well as global, cultural, historical, environmental, and health-related information were among the most desired by the survey respondents. The main obstacles to informal online learning were time, costs associated with technology use, difficulty of use, and lack of quality. Qualitative results, embedded in the findings, indicate that self-directed learners take great pleasure in knowing that they do not have to rely on others for their learning needs. Implications for instructional designers are offered.

Keywords: Open educational resources, open education, informal learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs), self-directed learning, intrinsic motivation.

I really appreciate the "Open Access Policy" of this journal:
               "This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. By making all articles available under a CC-BY-SA license, the Journal of Learning for Development allows its authors to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Readers can copy and distribute the published work in any medium and format; remix, transform, and build upon the work as long as the original author (s) and the Journal of Learning for Development are attributed, and the derivative is released under CC-BY-SA license."

I also like the "Focus and Scope" of the JL4D:

               "The Journal of Learning for Development provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity.


                   JL4D publishes research articles, book reviews and reports from the field from researchers, scholars and practitioners, and seeks to engage a broad audience across that spectrum. It aims to encourage contributors starting their careers, as well as to publish the work of established and senior scholars from the Commonwealth and beyond."


You might give this journal a try. Please let me know if you do. And let me know what you think about the new publication from Mimi and I in the current issue of the JL4D. You might read this article. In it, you will see that lives are being changed by newly open online educational resources, courses, and other exciting initiatives.


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Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) Conference June 26-29, 2017 in Portugal
Saturday, January 28, 2017
My daughter Nicki and I will tour southern France, Spain, and Portugal in June (still sorting out our schedule). Ironically, I was just asked to speak at the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) Conference June 26-29, 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal. So I guess part of the schedule is now determined. I will speak on Day 1 or Day 2. The due date for proposals is extended February 15th.

If you are coming, please let me know. This looks like a great event! More info:
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/keynote/

I hope to see you there.


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Reawakening the Monster Syllabus for Spring 2017: Emerging Learning Technologies for All
Friday, December 30, 2016
As per usual, I've been working a bit during winter break. Good news....I guess. The spring of 2017 version of the famed "Monster Syllabus" for R678 Emerging Learning Technologies has been reawakened, revived, and rejuvenated, is now available for anyone to explore, use, share, expand, debate, etc. While it had expanded to 75 pages a few years ago and then contracted to something much more reasonable last year. Much has been added in from the happenings of the past year and a few things revived from prior semesters. For the spring of 2017, the monster now stands at a mere 63 pages.

I added back in augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming; which I had deleted a couple of years ago. I also found many new research articles and news items (i.e., tidbits). And I included a bit on artificial intelligence to the end of the course (for possible mainstream addition next time). See below for links to the 16 designated weeks of the course.

Direct Navigation Links:
Skip to Week 1. (January 9) Introduction to the Open World: Visionaries and Visions
Skip to Week 2. Alternate Reality Learning: AR, VR, Gaming, and Simulations (Explore Week #1)
Skip to Week 3. The Sudden Explosion of E-Books and E-Book Readers
Skip to Week 4. The Expansion of Blended and Fully Online Learning
Skip to Week 5. Extreme, Nontraditional, and Adventure Learning
Skip to Week 6. Open Educational Resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Skip to Week 7. Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Skip to Week 8. More MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
Skip to Week 9. Motivation in Informal and Self-Directed Online Learning Environments (including online language learning) (Explore Week #2)
Skip to Week 10. Connectivism, Social Media, and Participatory Learning
Skip to Week 11. Wikis, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Collaborative Writing (Explore Week #3)
Skip to Week 12. Shared Online Video and Audio (Explore Week #4)
Skip to Week 13. Flipping the Classroom
Skip to Week 14. Interactive, Global, and Collaborative Learning (including learning spaces, etc.)
Skip to Week 15. Mobile, Wireless, and Ubiquitous Learning
Skip to Week 16+. Networks of Personalized Learning and AI Agents

I have been teaching this course for more than a quarter century. It has evolved from a course mostly about the psychology of learning with technology to one that discusses a series of prominent technology tools and resources. There are dozens and dozens of articles, videos, websites, technology tools, e-books, etc., just waiting for you to explore in the spring 2017 syllabus. In addition, you can explore every prior syllabus (see the Web links below). Much more is in the monster syllabus itself. See first link below for the latest incarnation of the monster.

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I look forward the spring class. Anyone is welcome to sit in. It is on Monday nights at 7:00-9:45 pm in Room 2101 of the Indiana University (IU) School of Education. Stop on by. If you do, perhaps you will be seeing monsters in your sleep.



Sample Prior P600/R685/R678 Syllabi:
  1. Spring 2017: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2017.htm
  2. Spring 2016: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2016.htm
  3. Spring 2015:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2015.htm
  4. Spring 2013: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spring_of_2013.htm
  5. Fall 2012:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2012.htm
  6. Spring 2012: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spring_of_2012.htm
  7. Fall 2011: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2011.htm
  8. Fall 2010: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2010.htm
  9. Fall 2009: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2009.htm
  10. Fall 2008: http://mypage.iu.edu/~rwadholm/R685/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2008.htm
  11. Fall 2007: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/R685-Fall-2007.htm
  12. Fall 2005: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/syllabus_p600_and_r685_fall_of_2005.htm
  13. Fall 2003: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/p600syl2.htm
  14. Fall 2002: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus--2002.html
  15. Fall 2001: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-2001.htm
  16. Fall 1999: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1999.htm  
  17. Fall 1997: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1997.htm
  18. Spring 1995: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1995.htm
  19. Fall 1990: http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-evolution-of-monster-22-years-of.html  
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Final Note:
By the way, back in September 2012 (a little over four years ago), I made a blog post that included more of the history related to this course. Feel free to explore it. If you do, you can see what topics were hot back in 1990…some of which remain important today. Perhaps in three or four more years (i.e., the Year 2020), I will provide another glimpse of the history of this course. Perhaps it will have a another new and improved title. And perhaps someone else will be teaching it. Time will tell.

 

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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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