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Friday, April 02, 2010
This is a two-part blog post. It was much longer but I am getting an error message from Blogger and lost half of this blog post. I do not have time to repost it. Sorry about that. I am not happy.

The first resource below came out 3 years back and is being republished. It relates to writing and building a successful academic career. The second one on shared online video I just came out with. There are many ideas for teaching and learning from shared online video in it.

1. 30 Writing Tips for Jump-Starting an Academic Career Revisited:Scott Jaschik from Inside Higher Ed wrote me last week asking to republish a blog post of mine from 3 years ago with 30 writing tips for young academics. I reread much of it...there are actually some solid writing tips in there (in retrospect). Perhaps you can use a couple of them or might want to share with one of your students or colleagues. If so, here is the citation and link:

Bonk, C. J. (2010, April 2). 30 Writing Tips. Inside Higher Ed. Available:

Keep in mind that these were written off-the-cuff. The original blog post, A Quick 30 Writing Tips for the Start of an Academic Career, had pictures with it. I wrote it with recently graduates of my program here at IU in mind. Some of the ideas might be a tad controversial. Not sure. Some might sound a bit egotistical...but I was trying to point out that one can go from a state of having trouble publishing to a state of enjoyment with writing and publishing if you live a life rich with writing opportunities. Perhaps you can now too.

2. 40 Shared Online Video Sites: Some Formal, Some Highly Informal, Some Mixed:
Last night and this morning I created a list of 40 shared online video sites. These range from Academic Earth, Big Think, Link TV (one of my favorites), TV Lesson, Fora TV (another Bonk favorite), and YouTube EDU.

You can find these linked from the Resource list I have created at

Shared Online Video 6a:

Or you can go directly to the list:

Below the list of 40 shared online video sites, you will find 2 more lists: one on 10 ways instructors, trainers, or teachers (or even administrators) might use shared online video in their courses or training experiences and 10 more ways you can get learners to use or create them.

These lists did not come from thin air. I started reflecting on the use of shared online video in an article I wrote 2 years ago for the AERA (American Education Research Association) conference in New York City. I have yet to publish it but I have posted this online. See below.

Reference: Bonk, C. J. (2008, March). YouTube anchors and enders: The use of shared online video content as a macrocontext for learning. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2008 Annual Meeting, New York, NY.

Why create such lists of video resources? Well, there are hundreds of such sites. Many people think most of the video on the Web is junk. Perhaps that was true 5 or 10 years back but not today. Today, as the Gates Foundation has noted, higher education can significantly benefit (financially as well as pedagogically) from thinking creative and imaginative uses of all the shared online videos. We must ask how we plan to use such free online content from the world's foremost experts. Never before was it possible to call up a presentation on nearly any topic conceivable and listen the one of the best known experts on the topic discuss it. Cool! As I mention in my World is Open book, this is a learning revolution in learning. This is the learning century and shared online video is a key reason why that will be the case.

Elliot Masie from the Masie Center has published a number of his Learning Trends reports recently on the use of shared online video (report #608, #601, and #584. In the most recent of these three he argues that:

"The introduction of video into almost every aspect of our learning and work tasks is profound and “disrupting”. As designers, we must experiment with these formats, looking for evidence and appropriate use cases and examples of when not to use video. Rising bandwidth, lowered equipment costs, ease of editing and growing expectations of learners will make video a profound component of our learning efforts going forward."

I would agree with Masie. Video is disrupting the state of things in every educational sector. As he notes, so much is possible with video chatting, Skype, telepresence videoconferencing (from Cisco, HP, etc.), video podcasts, video coaching, and synchronous conferencing like Breeze/Adobe Connect Pro. We can stream 5 hour lectures (no questions asked), bring in guests from around the planet online, assign students to summarize their learning in a YouTube-like video, require students to watch 3-5 short videos each week in addition to reading the book and other materials, etc. Video is transforming education and training. Enjoy is not going away anytime soon.

If you are a verbal learner, you will perhaps appreciate list #1 above of writing tips; and if you prefer visuals to text, the second list might be more appealing.

Enjoy this brave, new learning century filled with writing opportunities as well as those related to the visual side of our minds. And enjoy the coming weekend. Go Butler Bulldogs!!! Many great videos to be produced there...
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  posted by Curt Bonk @ 11:01 AM  
  • At 5:47 PM, Blogger M.Y. said…

    Thanks for sharing the article.
    Bonk, C. J. (2008, March). YouTube anchors and enders...

    My students and I have used some of the strategies in an "Introduction to TESOL" course. See

  • At 1:25 PM, Blogger Curt Bonk said…

    Sounds great Mei-Ya.

  • At 12:46 AM, Blogger writing said…

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