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Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Hey there. Many free online events coming up in November. I must let you know about them.

1. If you are not attending E-Learn, you might attend this conference for free which my friends Jay Cross and George Siemens are running: Corporate Learning Trends and Innovations 2008, November 17-21, 2008, It is FREE!!!!!!!!!! Funny, George is an invited speaker at E-Learn in Las Vegas at the same time. With online conferences, you can do more than one conference at a time.

2. And the week before, you might attend this US-China virtual symposium on November 11-13: This is being run by Drexel University. It is FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

. Per the editor, Janet Salmons (, “Online collaboration is transforming the way we work together. Whether partnering across organizations or teaming within organizations, people collaborate online to accomplish shared goals. To gain new understandings of these changes, researchers are exploring new collaborative practices and their impacts. The forthcoming IGI publication, a Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy, presents a diverse collection of these studies.” There will be 3 free Elluminate events moderated by the book editors, Janet Salmons, and Lynn Wilson, will moderate the panels. After the events, the archives will be online at For more on the Handbook of Research on Electronic Collaboration and Organizational Synergy, coming soon from IGI Global, see: or go to Janet’s blog: Site-
a. October 29: 3 PM EST. ELECTRONIC COLLABORATION WITHIN AND ACROSS ORGANIZATIONS Register at: Niki Lambropoulos , London South Bank University, UK ; Panagiotis Kampylis,University of Jyväskylä, Finland; Sofia Papadimitriou, Teacher, Athens Ingo Frost, Pumacy Technologies AG, Germany
b. November 6: 4 PM EST. STUDYING ELECTRONIC COLLABORATION: RESEARCH, THEORIES AND METHODS. Register at:; Frances Deepwell and Virginia King, Coventry University, United Kingdom; Kenneth Strang, Central Queensland University, Australia; Sandra Chrystal, Marshall School of Business University of Southern California, USA
c. November 12: 3 PM EST, INTERNATIONAL, CROSS-CULTURAL ELECTRONIC COLLABORATION, Register at:; Andre L. Araujo, College of William & Mary, USA; Tine Köhler, George Mason University, USA; Kathy Lynch, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia; Aleksej Heinze, Salford University, England and Elsje Scott, University of Cape Town, South Africa

Finally, there is a technology conference for school leaders this week (October 28-30) in Seattle. NSBA's T+L Conference. and Teresa Berry asked that I mention it so I am. This one is not free or online, however. You have to be there.

Anyway, it seems much choice in your learning pursuits at the end of October and throughout November. It is good to have options. It is even better when those options involve nontraditional forms of learning. We all learn. Jay, Janet, George, the folks from Drexel, and others are making is available to you. They are pushing education ahead in the 21st century. Learn from them! Yes, learn from them for FREE!!!!!!!!! The world needs more such events and people.

Remember to come to E-Learn in Las Vegas November 17-21 (see See you there!

I forgot to mention that submissions for ED-MEDIA 2009 in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii is June 22-26, 2009. It is a sister conference to E-Learn and also run by the wonderful people at AACE. Your proposals are due December 19th. That is coming up!
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 4:38 PM  
  • At 10:30 AM, Blogger Darren Draper said…

    Great list of online learning events, Curt. Thanks for sharing.

    It's absolutely amazing how much learning is now taking place online, most of which is offered for free.

  • At 11:51 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    And it is only increasing Darren! February 6-9, 2009, there will be the Connecting Online Conference which, of course, is online and free. They are using Ning for now to get the word out. See:

  • At 12:48 AM, Blogger irlan said…

    That is a great thing !. This will be our second experinced learning online learning for free after CCK08.

    We do hope in the near future, especially, developed countries will increase the usage the technology
    Best regards,
    Irlan Rahardja - Indonesia

  • At 3:13 PM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Yes, Irlan Rahardja, this is a healthy trend!!!

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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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