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Edmonton, Canada Visit to NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology)
Monday, December 05, 2005
I found my visit to Edmonton quite enjoyable. I found the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) planning for changes in fully online and blended learning. They seem to be in a growth spurt and plannning for new 4 year degree programs to go with their 2 year ones. They, of course, face many issues and obstacles such as new faculty who might get tenure and different types of students and expectations.

Fortunately, both my blended learning talk and perfect e-storm talks went well. And I had time to chat with people from their Technology and Curriculum Innovations center. They seem to be struggling with a mandate for experiential learning embedded in their online courses and some faculty do not see experiential forms of instruction fitting with their content. We discussed how a learning centered approach might be the umbrella for many instructional design approaches including an experiential one which they could pick and choose from.

I also met with McGraw-Hill Ryerson people like Joe Saundercock, VP of Partnerships and Business Development, Lara Patrick in i-learning Sales, and Jo-Ann DeLuca, Director of Marketing in Higher Education. It was great that Mc-Graw-Hill could help sponsor my talks here. I may speak to their sales reps in San Fran in early January and attend a meeting in Toronto with them on February 2nd when I am up there for the Ontario Library Association meeting.

All in all, 2 trips to Alberta in a little over a week turned out great. I had much fun and the talks went well. I can thank Bill Fricker from NAIT for his wonderful support (and driving me where I wanted to go) and BJ Eib from the University of Calgary for her help the week b4. The University of Calgary (learning commons) people have asked to sync my talks up in Breeze with the audio and the slides and let people replay them so they can have more intense discussions about blended learning and that is cool.
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 10:53 PM  
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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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