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Friday, November 02, 2007
As you will see below, "TravelinEdMan" is making a reappearance after a purposeful 4-5 month hiatus from the speaking circuit to write books. These are one day trips to DC for various conferences and invited talks. First though, let me mention a couple of recent podcasts (i.e., Bonkcasts) you can listen to in case you are unable to attend one of my talks.

Podcasts: I am happy to announce that the podcasts I did back in late August and early September for the Indiana University (IU) Instructional Systems Technology (IST) colloquium series are finally posted to iTunes. My department (i.e., IST) created a wonderful, new podcast colloquium series in iTunes. I am one of the first to do a podcast for it and got ambitious and did 2 of them. These are each other an hour long! Both are based on popular conference keynote talks I have been doing. Here is the URL:

When you get there, launch iTunes and then scroll down to the link for the Pilot Course named "IST @ IUB Colloquium Series." Next look for my talks:

1. "Blended Learning: Situations, Solutions, and Some Stunning Surprises"
2. "The Learning World is Flat" (this one should really be called: "How the Learning World Became Flat: Ten Knowledge Sharing and Technology Trends Equalizing Access to Learning" I have also labeled it, "WE-ALL-LEARN: An Open Education Extension of the World is Flat"

Abstracts are below:

1. Blended Learning: Situations, Solutions, and Several Surprises
Abstract: There is both extensive confusion and much optimism about blended learning due to multiple blended learning definitions and approaches. Some might blend to take advantage of face-to-face and virtual learning opportunities. Others might blend to combine synchronous and asynchronous technologies to best meet student needs. To addresses these issues, Dr. Bonk will lay out several different models and definitions of blended learning as well as the advantages and disadvantages of blended learning. Importantly, the session will include a dozen different situations or problems and more than 50 potential blended learning solutions in many different disciplines and levels of institutions. Many of the examples will come from Dr. Bonk’s recent Handbook of Blended learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs. Dr. Bonk will also tap into recent data he has collected on the present and future state of blended learning around the planet. Some of this data will surprise you! During this session, small teams of participants (instructional designers, trainers, administrators, instructors, students, etc.) will build and later present their own blended learning models.

2. How the Learning World Became Flat: Ten Knowledge Sharing and Technology Trends Equalizing Access to Learning
Abstract: Ten technology trends have emerged during the past few years that have flattened the world of learning and made it accessible to increasing numbers of learners. The learning world is being flattened by such technologies as Google, Skype, Wikipedia, podcasting, and blogs. Additional flatteners that are transforming the possibilities for learning include online learning portals such as digital libraries, museums, and referenceware, mobile technologies, wireless technologies, cheap computers, free online courses and software, and open source software. There are web sites springing up around the globe related to sharing courses, course materials, resources, and teaching ideas. MERLOT, for example, has more than 34,500 members and 15,000 shared learning objects as well as an annual international conference. Connexions is a similar project for sharing learning resources from Rice University, while the UK has just developed a learning object site called Jorum. And, of course, there is a the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative which is not only sharing MIT course content around the globe in English, but is now being translated into other languages such as Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese. Interestingly, more than 50 universities around the globe are following the lead of MIT and placing their courses online including those in Vietnam , Japan , and India . Naturally, many questions surround such systems and sites. For example, how can these trends converge to address every potential learner on this planet? How can developing worlds take advantage of these ten trends? For what purpose will people share? Will these knowledge sharing and technology trends bridge the digital divide? Does the importance of knowledge sharing differ by culture? In this humorous, informative, media-rich, and thought provoking session, Curt Bonk will highlight such themes and issues while pushing the audience to think of short- and long-range implications both for their institutions, countries, and regions of the world as well as for themselves.

DC Presentations: I will be doing the latter talk on how the learning world has become flat 2 times in the next 10 days in Washington, DC:

1. Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 1:30-2:30 pm (informal social networking to follow)
Room 4115 Hornbake Building, South Wing; Research Colloquium Series: College of Information Studies, University of Maryland. This is free to the public!

2. Monday (November 12th at 1:30-3:00 pm) in downtown DC at the hotel Renaissance (999 9th St). This is part of my keynote for the Association of University Centers on Disabilities annual conference. This conference costs $95.

3. I am also doing this public talk on the 12th in DC. “Creating Engaging, Collaborative, and More Active Classes: Low-Risk, Low-Cost, Low Time (for online classrooms)” at Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. Time is Monday, November 12th from 6-7 pm. Where: Annandale Campus – CT building Room 335. This is free to the public!

“Creating Engaging, Collaborative, and More Active Classes: Low-Risk, Low-Cost, Low Time (for online classrooms)”
Abstract: Are you bored with your teaching? Are your students? Are students not engaged in their learning? Do you feel that new approaches simply take too much time or are too risky? Are you interested in collaborative learning? In this talk, Dr. Bonk provides more than 100 ways to liven up your lectures and get your students involved and engaged in learning. The emphasis will be on collaborative learning and student engagement in that learning. There will be dozens of collaborative learning methods that you can use to motivate and engage your students in their learning. Some of the strategies will be very teacher-centered, while others will give students more ownership and control of the curriculum. These strategies will relate to creativity, critical thinking, cooperative and collaborative learning, and motivation. Importantly, each strategy will be laid out in a step-by-step approach. In addition, Dr. Bonk label each one in terms of the degree of risk, time, and cost and he will offer his advice for getting started with these tools and techniques.

4. I am doing a 4th talk on November 6th at the Convention Center in DC. This one is on blended learning for public health educators at 4:30 pm. I have a more minor role in it.

Hope to see some of you there! If not, you can take a listen to the podcasts I mentioned in iTunes.
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 9:16 PM  
  • At 7:14 PM, Blogger MW (My Wish) said…

    Have fun re-emerging. I think you did a good job writing up your journey to e-teaching.

  • At 10:07 PM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Thanks Lori. I am in DC at my sisters at the moment. The first 2 talks went well--University of Maryland one and the one at a big public health conference tonight on blended learning. This is a new audience for me.

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Name: Curt Bonk
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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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