|In the fall, I will teach 2 courses, one online (P540) and one via videoconferencing (R546). Below is my marketing flier for the IST (Instructional Systems Technology) student orientation on August 15th.
IST Student Orientation
School of Education: Room 2140
August 15, 2018
IST Students (and other interested parties):
you want to “learn how to learn?” or…
you want to “learn how to teach?”
yes to either question, you are in luck. I am trained as an educational
psychologist and teach both IST courses and educational psychology courses. I
finished preparing my fall 2018 semester syllabi early and thought that I would
share them with you as you begin to decide on your fall classes. My online class
(P540) addresses human learning and cognition and my face-to-face class (R546) addresses
innovative approaches to instruction (critical and creative thinking as well as
motivation, collaboration, and technology integration). I have been teaching
both for nearly three decades. See below for details.
For those interested in how we humans learn, P540 is a core class with a rich
history in educational psychology. It will provide an in-depth look at
behavioral, cognitive, cognitive constructivistic, and socio-cultural learning
theories. This course used to be required by most programs in the School of
Education. While I have taught this course since the spring of 1990, I have not
taught the online version of P540 since 2009. So perhaps now the perfect time
for you to take it?
If interested in how to TEACH: R546 Instructional Strategies for
Thinking, Collaboration, and Motivation, Live/Face-to-Face Section 9835, Room 2101 IU
Bloomington and Room 2101 IUPUI (IUB) (Videoconferencing between Bloomington
and Indianapolis on Saturday mornings at 8 am). R546 Syllabus: http://curtbonk.com/Instructional-Strats-R546-2018.htm
In terms of the how to teach, I offer R546 on Saturdays for 8 weeks to help
people like you who might have hectic schedules during the week. You will learn
about creativity, critical thinking, motivation, collaboration, and technology
integration. Hundreds of instructional strategies will be discussed; dozens
upon dozens of which will be demonstrated or personally experienced. If you are
located near Bloomington or in the Indianapolis vicinity, you just might want
to take this course.
Special Note: Meina Zhu,
doctoral candidate in IST, will once again be my instructional assistant in
R546. She will also be helping in P540.
Reasons why you might enroll in R546:
- The Relevancy and Impact: The course
addresses all educational sectors—K-12, higher ed, corporate, military,
government, informal, nontraditional, etc.
- The Exposure to Best
course has 5 modules filled with best instructional strategies and
practices on motivation, creativity, critical thinking,
cooperative/collaborative learning, and technology integration.
- The Career Benefits (i.e.,
Want to learn how to teach?): Everyone enrolled typically walks
away with dozens of new instructional strategies and ideas as well as a
plan on how and where they might implement them.
- The Reusable Resources: Most handouts
and activities are reusable in any educational sector.
- The Free Stuff: The free
packet of course handouts is offered based on over a quarter century of
teaching this course. In addition, I will give people a free book with
more than 100 activities: Entire book: http://tec-variety.com/ (in English
or Chinese) or by chapter: http://tec-variety.com/freestuff.php. More than
100,000 people have downloaded this e-book since it was published in May
- The Easy to Understand
course requirements are simple to understand—2 tasks are due at midterm
and 2 tasks are due at the end.
- The Sense of Control and
Self-Directedness: All readings are student self-selected. There are
no required books or required articles. Students select the books and
articles that interest them. To reduce costs, I will bring dozens of
optional and interesting books to class to loan out.
- The People--Participant
students who sign up for R546 tend to come from around the world. Last
year, it was like a mini United Nations meeting each week more than 40
people enrolled, audited, or sat in the course. You will learn much from
- The Atmosphere--Saturday
course is taught on Saturdays which is a day that tends to be more
informal and engaging and fun. And it runs for just 8 weeks.
- The Food: The past four
years, more than three dozen award winning Fulbright teachers from
countries like India, New Zealand, Finland, Morocco, Taiwan, Singapore,
Israel, Botswana, and Mexico have audited the course and brought us
delicious food each week.
perhaps now is the perfect time to learn how to learn or learn how to teach;
and do so on a full stomach! Please feel free to write me with questions. My email address is below.
Bonk and Meina Zhu, Co-Instructors (and Magicians in residence)
Professor, Instructional Systems Technology Dept, IU Bloomington
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