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E-Learn Conference Speaker Tidbits: Come to Vegas Next Month!
Monday, October 27, 2008
I am program co-chair for the E-Learn Conference in Las Vegas November 17-21. This is coming up fast! I am helping run a preconference symposium for on e-learning in Asia with 12 speakers from 12 different countries. This should be cool! See below an email we sent out last week which has some interesting details about the conference keynote and invited speakers.

Dear Colleagues:

E-Learn 2008:
Keynote/Invited Speakers:

You are invited to the most unique e-learning conference ever held. This promises to be one of the most interesting and engaging conferences you could ever attend. Not surprisingly, the E-Learn Conference has already surpassed its record for registrants!

10 Facts about E-Learn Keynote/Invited Speakers;
Attend E-Learn and Learn More from These Speakers

This Speaker:

1. Led the efforts to create an internationally known online repository called Connexions that is used by millions of people each year. In 2006, he gave a talk on open source learning at famous TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Conference in Monterey, California just prior to singer Peter Gabriel. Come get “Connexted.”

2. Is developing innovative learning applications for the iPhone. For more than two decades, he has been one of the most engaging and entertaining presenters on the planet. Come hear his invited talk with his colleague from Texas that promises to start the E-Learn Conference off with a bang and be disruptive to K-20 education as we know it!

3. Taught her entire class last fall in YouTube; come hear the results!

4. Developed a new learning theory called 'Connectivism' and is now teaching a class on it with 2,000 participants, only a few of whom are actually enrolled in the course.

5. Helped start the field of learning objects and is on the advisory of the Peer 2 Peer University announced today in the Chronicle of Higher Education. This invited presenter is also the world’s first Chief Openness Officer (COO) at Flat World Knowledge.

6. Created a popular podcast show for learning Mandarin that is currently listened to by more than 300,000 people per month. Not only is he the voice of ChinesePod, but he also has started similar podcasts for teaching English, Spanish, Italian, and French. The invited talk from this Irishman from Shanghai is certain to be quite fascinating!

7. Became famous a few years ago after translating Lord of Rings to Chinese. He then used his royalties to translate MIT courses to traditional and simplified Chinese. This month, he is on the cover of a Taiwanese magazine as a symbol of the current generation. He will tell about his vision for the future of open education and edutainment.

8. Authored several online learning books and is an internationally known consultant with IBM Global Services.

9. Will be speaking to us from a sailboat off the coast of Central America. Yes, at E-Learn, we plan to make some waves this year!

10. Co-authored the 2000 National Academy Press volume How People Learn and is now Director of the Stanford Center for Innovations in Learning which has just received an NSF grant on mobile learning.

E-Learning in Asia Preconference Symposium:

To add to the conference experience, the E-Learn 2008 Program Chairs would like to invite you to the E-Learning in Asia Symposium that has been added to the already excellent program.
Monday, November 17th; 8:30 am-4:45 pm with a special reception: 5-6 pm

This 1-day, preconference Symposium will feature 12 invited speakers from 12 different countries giving their perspectives and insight into the E-Learning environment, trends, and opportunities. E-learning is exploding in Asia. This is your chance to learn from those who have been developing, delivering, and researching new online programs there. Meet them all and hear their stories, challenges, opportunities, and adventures firsthand. It promises to be a highly interactive and informative event!

Included in the symposium will be a continental breakfast, beverage breaks, lunch, and a reception following the event. Cost: $165.

If you already have registered for E-Learn 2008, you may add this one day Symposium by contacting Tracy Jacobs ( She can add the event to your existing registration. Or until Nov. 3, you still can register online for the Conference and Symposium at:

Best regards,
Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, and Tom Reynolds
E-Learn 2008 Program Chairs

To be added to the mailing list for this conference, link

If you already have registered for E-Learn 2008, you may add this one day Symposium by contacting Tracy Jacobs (

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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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