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Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Been in Saskatoon, Calgary, and Edmonton this trip. Meeting many interesting people who are having me talk about blended learning and e-learning. Been to the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon for 2 talks, Mount Royal College, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary; and the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton. Many kind people escorting me from place to place including folks from the University of Regina, the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, and Grant MacEwan College. Lots of energy and excitement here. And lots of oil monies in this province.

I met many former IU IST students when in Saskatoon. I really enjoyed that and the tour of the city from Barry Brown. Got them all IU tee-shirts.

Today, NAIT ran an institute or workshop for instructors and staff to think about blended learning and the next generation of students. This topic fits into my recent handbook of blended learning as well as my upcoming one on my R2D2 method of learning styles (a book Ke Zhang and I are writing that we are temporarily calling "A Web of Everything" and will be focused on how to address diverse learners and learning preferences or appoaches online.

I fly back from Edmonton tomorrow. Today was a wild one--2 keynotes (one on blended learning and one on Gen X and Y students as a sub for someone who was sick) sent to 700+ people at 30-40 sites in Alberta and around the globe, interviewed by 2 TV stations and will be on 3 TV stations tonight, interviewed live on 1 the well known CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corp) radio station, 1 newspaper interview for tomorrow's Edmonton paper, and I sat next to and chatted with the Premier of Alberta (Ralph Kline). He is like the Governor of this province. Pretty cool day. This is after 3 straight days of presenting. So wow!

And after my Sunday night talk in Saskatoon, sometime told me it was one of 2 great talks she had heard in her life and the other was by Bill Clinton. So that was cool. So having a fun trip.

Lots of pictures. I will add them later.

The radio interview was the best part!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 10:41 PM  
2 Comments:
  • At 1:19 PM, Blogger Wesley Fryer said…

    Whoa, this sounds like quite a whirlwind of activities! So can I talk you into doing some podcasting of your sessions?! Of course I am sure an audio-only podcast would not do you justice, but it would be great to let those of us who are not fortunate enough to be living or hanging out in Western Canada currently hear some of your great ideas! If you do post anything via podcast, please let me know!

     
  • At 9:55 AM, Blogger Rob Keys said…

    Hi Curt,

    This is a quick note to let you know that your presentations from the TLt conference in Saskatoon are now available on our website.

    From R2D2 to the Matrix: A Galaxy of Online Learning

    Blended Learning: Situations and Solutions

    At the beginning of each video there is some introductory comments from the Conference chair, you might want to skip ahead a little if you watch. When I have some free time I will trim these comments out.

    Take Care,
    Rob Keys
    http://www.campussaskatchewan.ca

     
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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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