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"Wired for Learning": A call for a new Web 2.0 book
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Whether it is a good or bad sign I do not know, but as with any trend in education there seems to be a ton of attention related to the Web 2.0 lately. There apparently was a debate between Andrew Keene and Graham Attwell at the big e-learning conference called Online Educa in Berlin (see Keene is the outspoken critique of the Web 2.0 and apparently at the conference, Attwell responded by saying that “I am Andrew Keen’s nightmare!” I did not get to Online Educa this year, but you can read more from the link above.

This enamoration with the Web 2.0 has translated into many books, Webinars, classes, and institutes on it. One such book, "Wired for Learning: An Educator's Guide to Web 2.0," I was informed of yesterday is below. The "Wired for Learning" book will be edited by Terry Kidd of the University of Texas Health Science Center and Irene Chen of the University of Houston-Downtown campus. I met Terry when giving a keynote at the University of Houston in November of 2006 (he won a copy of my Handbook of Blended Learning at the end of my keynote). A few months later (March 2007), I briefly met Irene at the SITE conference in San Antonio.

As noted below, I have chapters in 2 of their other books; one in press and one recently released.

Lin, M.-F., Bonk, C. J., & Sajjapanroj, S. (in press). Twin wiki wonders?: Wikipedia and Wikibooks as powerful tools for online collaborative writing. To appear in I. Chen & T. Kidd (Eds.), Social information technology: Connecting society and cultural issues. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

Liu, X., Lee, S. H., Bonk, C. J., Magjuka, R. J., & Liu, S. (2008). Technology use in an online MBA program: Issues, trends and opportunities. In Kidd, T. & Song, H (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems and Technology (pp.614-630). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference.

If anyone wants a preprint of either of the above chapters, let me know. But this causes me to reflect. Sure seems to me that Information Age Publishing as well as Information Science Reference (formerly The Idea Group Publishing) both are producing many edited volumes and encyclopedias related to educational technology and e-learning lately (though Info Science Reference definitely has more). I wonder to myself how they can market them all and how people can pick and choose between them given all the books that they churn out in this fashion. The titles often look extremely tempting, but how can all of these books be of high quality? I also wonder who can afford them. What might they do to help the customer?

Compiling a "best of" book is one option of weeding through mass of edited volumes that companies such as Information Science Reference produces. My first book back when in graduate school in 1988 with Donna Rae Clasen was, in fact, a compiled book on critical thinking. Clasen, D. R., & Bonk, C. J. (Compilers). (1988). Teachers tackle thinking: Critical thinking in the classroom. Madison, WI: University of Wisconsin-Extension. (Note: this was created for nationally distributed telecourse on critical thinking).

Perhaps one way to do something with all these books is to compile a set of best articles from all the books. In fact, I had four old chapters of mine reprinted in a huge multi-volume book, Online and distance learning: Concepts, methodologies, tools, and applications, compiled by L. Tomei for Information Science Reference. Compiling newer books based on older articles in e-learning and distance learning is one way to gain attention to articles that were once thought gone to the scrapheap of old articles. I got notice this week that "Online and distance learning" is the #2 selling book this year from Information Science Reference. Unfortunately, the price is well over $1,000!!! Just who in the field of education can afford it?

Terry asked that I pass this information on so I am. Perhaps some of you might want to submit a proposal to him. Perhaps others will wait for books on the Web 3.0 or 4.0 or for some other trend or buzzword. More information on Terry and Irene's Web 2.0 book effort is below. (Do see an earlier blog post of mine about another Web 2.0 book (see that Catherine McLoughlin and her colleague are doing (for my blog post, see

Call for Chapters for the
Wired for Learning: An Educator's Guide to Web 2.0
Editors: Terry T. Kidd
University of Texas Health Science Center, USA
Irene Chen, Ed.D
University of Houston-Downtown, USA

"Web 2.0" (O'Reilly, 2005) is a term used to describe an apparent second generation or improved form of the World Wide Web that emphasizes collaboration and sharing of knowledge and content among users. There has been a burgeoning interest in Web 2.0, both in mainstream society as well as in education, with tools such as blogs, wikis, RSS, social networking sites, tag-based folksonomies, and peer-to-peer (P2P) media sharing applications are gaining popularity and traction in all sectors of the education industry.

Web 2.0's inevitable arrival within the education system is likely to follow the pattern set by the first generation of the Web, only to become more pervasive and essential. With Web 2.0, students can be actively involved with creating content and accessing mass amounts of information, but educators need to determine how to embrace and focus the activities on teaching and learning. Wired for Learning: An Educator's Guide to Web 2.0 holds tremendous potential for addressing the growing interest in mainstream society and in education. The purpose of Wired for Learning: An Educator's Guide to Web 2.0 is to present a realistic framework of Web 2.0 to educators for teaching and learning practices aimed to meet the educational challenges of learners in diverse settings.

Wired for Learning: An Educator's Guide to Web 2.0 will provide a compendium of terms, definitions and explanations of concepts, processes and acronyms. Additionally, this book will feature chapters (3000-5000 words) authored by leading experts offering an in-depth description of key terms and concepts related to various areas, issues and trends in Web 2.0.

Recommended topics include, but are not limited to, the following :
(We will solicit research-oriented as well as practitioner-oriented chapters. Case studies will also be solicited.)

• Introduction and Historical Background Information: What is Web 2.0?
• Philosophy of Web 2.0
• Legal, Cultural, Social, and Political Issues in the Web 2.0
• Nontraditional, Alternative, and Informal Learning with the Web 2.0
• Global and International Education and Interaction
• Overcoming the Digital Divide with Web 2.0
• Socio-cultural Aspects of Web 2.0
• Web 2.0 Learning Styles
• Instructional Design and Pedagogical Issues with Web 2.0
• Web 2.0 Tools: Virtual Worlds, Language Learning, Podcasting, Wikis, Blogs, Social Networking, and Online Communities
• Instructional uses of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, P2P media sharing in an education setting
• Instructional uses of blogs, wikis, RSS, podcasting, P2P media sharing in a corporate business and industry settings
• Web 2.0 and mobile technologies / mobile collaborative learning
• Massively-Multiplayer Online Games (MMOGs) and networked learning
• Institutional issues related to Web 2.0 and social informatics (e.g. strategy, policy, and infrastructure)
• Web 2.0 and learning management systems
• Web 2.0 and Human Performance Technology
• Success factors and pitfalls in the implementation of Web 2.0 teaching and learning
• The Future of Web 2.0
• Real world case studies and exemplars of Web 2.0 in university and K-12 teaching and learning (need a number of good proposals in this category)

Invited Submissions: Individuals interested in submitting chapters (3,000-5000 words) on the above-suggested topics or other related topics in their area of interest should submit via e-mail a 1-2 page manuscript proposal clearly explaining the mission and concerns of the proposed chapter by February 1, 2008. We strongly encourage other Web 2.0 topics that have not been listed in our suggested list, particularly if the topic is related to the research area in which you have expertise. Upon acceptance of your proposal, you will have until June 1, 2008, to prepare your chapter of 3,000-5000 words and 5-7 related terms and their appropriate definitions for the glossary section. Guidelines for preparing your paper and terms and definitions will be sent to you upon acceptance of your proposal. Full chapters will be submitted to a double-blind peer review. Authors are allowed to submit no more than three single chapters for this publication.

You will be notified about the status of your proposed topics by March 1, 2008. This book is scheduled for publishing by Information Age Publishing, in 2009. For additional information regarding the publisher, please visit

Inquiries and submissions can be forwarded electronically (Word document) or by mail to:
Editors, Terry T. Kidd and Irene Chen
Terry T. Kidd
University of Texas Health Science Center
School of Public Health
1200 Herman Pressler Office: West-220
Houston, TX 77030

About the Editors:
Terry T. Kidd is a PhD candidate from the Texas A&M University and is the Director of the Office of Instructional Development & Support Services at the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Public Health. Kidd has presented at international conferences on designing technology rich learning environments, web based instruction, and issues dealing with training and development. His research interests include technology adoption, instructional design strategies for eLearning and the socio-cultural aspect of information communication and technology. He has published the Handbook of Research on Instructional Systems & Technology and Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues with Information Science Reference an imprint of IGI Global, Inc.

Irene Chen received her Doctor of Education in Instructional Technology from University of Houston . She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Urban Education at the University of Houston Downtown. Dr. Chen has diverse professional experiences. Previously, she is instructional technology specialist, learning technology coordinator, and computer programmer/analyst. She has taught numerous graduate and undergraduate courses in instructional technology and curriculum & instruction, and delivered a number of K-12 in-service training and professional development activities for school staff and faculty members. She has recently published Technology Application Competencies for K-12 Teachers and Social Information Technology: Connecting Society and Cultural Issues with Information Science Reference an imprint of IGI Global, Inc.
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 9:58 AM  
  • At 9:50 PM, Blogger MW (My Wish) said…

    Are you sending a chapter in?

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Probably not (I said that to Catherine McLoughlin's book but am now doing one with a former student per her request). Would you like to do one with me?

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