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"The World is Open" Keynote and Web 2.0 Panel in Wonderful Wisconsin: Now WE-ALL-LEARN!!!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
Good news! I finally have a link to the World is Open talk I did at the Wisconsin Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in early August. This relates to the book I finished writing this past summer and that I spent a year writing. This book will hopefully be published by Jossey Bass/Wiley next June or July. I wrote too much (some 270,000 words) so I had to carefully remove some 108,000 words. The working title of this new book is: "The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education." That could change between now and June. The main idea for the book is based on my ten trend model called WE-ALL-LEARN. If you watch the talk, you will learn that WE-ALL-LEARN stands for.

The 100,000+ words of removed text will be smoothed over and perhaps made into a free e-book companion or extension of the main book next year. So, if we can do that, the World is REALLY Open. I intend for it to parallel the printed book and maybe have some reflection or retreat questions embedded in it. I am working on that now. I will also blog on it before the book comes out. At a later date, I will begin posting this to my new website: (stay tuned--nothing there yet).

The Wisconsin conference people estimate that perhaps 850 came to the keynote. My sister, brother-in-law, and nephew were there as were many friends. It is always great to present in Madison since the University of Wisconsin is my alma mater. During the keynote, I had people holding up signs that spelled "NOW WE ALL LEARN" during the start of each of the 10 learning technology trends which I highlighted. Paul Kim, mentioned below, was among the sign bearers. Each of 4 sections got a different word to yell out. The loudest 2 sections got a million dollars for each person in their section. It was fun to do. Again, below is the keynote talk if you want to try to experience it. Unfortunately, you only see me. You sorta had to be there to feel the impact.

1. Wisconsin DL Conference main site
2. My keynote description and link to presentation.
3. Direct link to talk.
4. My slides from my "The World is Open: Now WE-ALL-LEARN with Web Technology" talk and a version of the talk from the Pulse pen of James Moore.

Technology trends opening access to education worldwide: Now, we all can learn!
Speaker: Curt Bonk, PhD, Indiana University

Talk Description: According to Thomas Friedman's book, The World is Flat, worldwide economic trends are flattening. In education, however, opportunities for learning are actually expanding through a myriad of emerging distance technologies. From online content in the form of e-books, podcasts, streamed videos, and satellite maps to participatory environments such as social networking, wikis, and alternate reality worlds, technology-based learning continues to open new learning pathways. At the same time, more instructors are sharing their course materials and teaching ideas globally, thereby expanding learning opportunities and resources. And the software used to deliver such online learning contents and experiences is increasingly available as open source.

Naturally, many questions surround such systems, sites, and resources. For example, how can instructors and learners in developed and developing countries take advantage of these trends? For what purpose will people share? How can these trends converge to address individual learner's needs worldwide?
Curt Bonk will address these issues while enticing participants to think of implications for their organizations, countries, and regions of the world as well as for themselves as leaders and learners.

My friend, George Siemens, from the University of Manitoba also had a keynote (see description of it).

Direct lonk to talk: Connectivism: A Vision for Education

Keynote speaker: George Siemens
Talk Description: Information creation, dissemination, and sharing increasingly occur in distributed networks. For decades, educators have sought ways to increase learners' control over their own learning. Social media, such as blogs, virtual worlds, wikis, bookmarking, and networking, create a shift from a centralized to a distributed learning model. However, learner autonomy is not without consequence. What is the role of the instructor in a distributed learning model? How are authority and trust created?

Hierarchies of content, dialogue, and authority are being transformed into learning networks. As these foundational elements of education change, the very model of education itself needs to be reconsidered. What does it mean to learn and to be educated in a digital, global world? How should institutions, educators, and administrators react?

George Siemens will explore the effects of changed learner relationships with each other, with content, with educational institutions, and with a global society. He will present a vision of education that blends the rapidly changing needs of today's learners with the established challenge of education as a transformative agent in society.

In addition to the keynotes, George and I were on a conference panel related to the Web 2.0 which sorta ended the conference.

Forum 3 - The world of Web 2.0 in distance education
Friday, August 8th

"Online learning environments have been changing quickly over the past few years. The Web has shifted from a passive medium to an interactive one in which content is created, shared, remixed, repurposed, and passed along. Learners are playing a more active role in their experience moving content creation and models of teaching to a new level. This forum will discuss the latest innovations, models, and best practices for utilizing Web 2.0 applications in distance teaching and learning."

Part 1: “This part of the forum will concentrate on the many approaches for creating community and increasing social learning utilizing technologies such as wikis and blogs, podcasting, mobile computing, social bookmarking, and personal learning environments.”
Moderator: Pam Scheibel, Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Panelists:Michael Simonson, Program Professor, Instructional Technology and Distance Education, Nova Southeastern University
Marilyn Lombardi, Director, the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) Center, Duke University
Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Stanford University School of Education

Direct Link to Part 1 with my friend Paul Kim from Stanford (See his section 25 minutes in to 53 minutes). Paul is loaded with cool mobile, virtual, and interactive Web 2.0 stuff. And his talk is packed with both research data and stories of companies he is working with out in the Silicon Valley.

Part 2: “Panelists in the second part of this forum will discuss writing, publishing, and scholarly pursuit through the use of Web 2.0 tools such as creative commons, electronic publication, and open educational resources.”

Moderator: Pam Scheibel, Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Wisconsin–Madison
George Siemens, Associate Director of Research and Development, University of Manitoba
Curt Bonk, Professor, Instructional Systems Technology, Indiana University

Direct link to Part 2 with George and I is here.

The charge of our panel mainly concerned ideas related to digital scholarship. I have spent the past few days extending that talk into more elaborated and refined presentation for a conference at the University of Texas (UT) Medical Center next week Thursday October 9th ("Time Not Wasted: Digital Scholarship in the Web 2.0"). Thanks to George Siemens for all his marvelous ideas that assisted me in this presentation.

Enjoy the Web 2.0 forum and the keynotes! Paul Kim shows some amazing stuff as do the others--Michael Simonson, Marilyn Lombardi, etc. Again, the Web 2.0 forum is here. There were two other panels and a third keynote--all have videostreamed talks at this site. You might check them out.

If you happen to watch my keynote, let me know what you think of the WE-ALL-LEARN model (you can send email to More on this to come in later posts.
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 10:46 AM  
  • At 12:26 AM, Blogger Binbin Zheng said…

    I think the keynote speaking is really amazing and impressive. Web2.0 do play an important role in online learning. The learning mode in the future will also transform from learning 1.0 to learning 2.0.

  • At 8:46 AM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Thanks Iris. Keynotes are always fun to do (when the technology works and I prepared. Preparing them is a lot of work.) Smile.

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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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