|The Monster is out! Long live the monster.
I mean that I updated my Monster Syllabus for R678 on Emerging Learning Technologies last month. It is a very painful and arduous process. My head hurts when I am done. It is pounding. I do not recommend it to anyone. Try updating and changing a 70 or 80 page syllabus sometime. It is like a book. Hence, why I am sharing a freely open online version of it. Nearly every article is free and available online. And there are hundreds!
Each year, I attempt to update the weeks on mobile learning, augmented and virtual reality, open and digital textbooks, e-learning and blended learning, open educational resources (OER), massive open online courses (MOOCs), collaborative technologies, and much much more. This year I added AI and adaptive learning to the final weeks. Not easy. At times fun. At times frustrating; especially when links go dead.
The field of educational technology is evolving fast. It is very difficult to keep up. But it can also quickly overwhelm. I say this as a caution to all those who enter.
At the same time, the R678 syllabus is one way to stay on top of things or to search for certain topics. The syllabus contains high level research articles, free and open books and technical reports in the field of learning technologies, daily news articles, videos on each topic, researcher interviewers, open educational resources, links to technology tools and vendors, etc.
See what you think. The monster (76 page version) and mini-monster (30 pages thin version) are available here:
Spring 2019: R678 (“Monster” Syllabus 76 pages)
Spring 2019: R678 (Abbreviated “Mini-Monster” 30 pages)
See below for more information on the monster. We have guest speakers coming up. Anyone is welcome in Zoom.
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Emerging Learning Technologies (The Famed "Monster" Syllabus)
Indiana University, School of Education, Room 2101 (both online and FTF sections)
Bonk, Professor, Instructional Systems Technology Dept.
1. (January 7) Introduction to the Open World: Visionaries and Visions
2. (January 14) Alternate Reality Learning: AR, VR, Gaming, and Simulations
3. (January 21) Open Textbooks, E-Books, and Digitally Enhanced Books
4. (January 28) The Expansion of Blended and Fully Online Learning
5. (February 4) Extreme, Nontraditional, and Adventure Learning
6. (February 11) Open Educational Resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Week 7. (February
18) Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Week 8 (February
25) More MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
9. (March 4) Open Education in the Developing World (i.e., Emerging Economies)
Week 10. (March
18) Informal & Self-Directed Online Learning Environments (includes:
Week 11. (March
25) Connectivism, Social Media, and Participatory Learning
12. (April 1) Interactive, Global, and Collaborative Learning (including wikis and learning
13. (April 8) Mobile, Wireless, and Ubiquitous Learning
14. (April 15) The Future of Learning Tech: Networks of Personalized Learning
Week 15. (April 22) The Future of Learning Tech: AI,
Robotics, and Personal Digital Assistants
Instead of passive consumption-based
learning, we are living in a participatory age where learners have a voice and
potentially some degree of ownership over their own learning. Here at the start
of the twenty-first century, emerging technologies and activities– such as blogs, wikis, podcasts,
ebooks, YouTube videos, massive open online
courses (MOOCs), simulations, virtual worlds, and wireless and
mobile computing – are generating waves of new opportunities in higher
education, K-12 schools, corporate training, and other learning environments.
And today’s millennial learner, immersed in an
increasingly digital world is seeking richer and more engaging learning
experiences; and now the new “phigital” learner who is equally at
home in the digital as well as physical world. Amid this
rising tide of expectations, instructors across educational sectors are
exploring and sharing innovative ways to use technology to foster interaction,
collaboration, and increased excitement for learning. It
is time to take advantage of the new participatory learning culture where
learners build, tinker with, explore, share, and collaborate with others
online. It is also time to utilize free and open educational resources,
opencourseware, learning portals, and open source software across educational
sectors and income levels. Some of you will create and publish a cross-cultural
Wikibook. Others will create video blogs, and still others will design
YouTube-like videos. Some might even flip their classrooms. Still others
will enroll in or perhaps even teach a massive open online course (MOOC).
The syllabus for this course is purposefully long. I
refer to it as “the monster syllabus.” I will be your online concierge or guide
through masses of online resources. In an age when eyeball-to-eyeball
learning is no longer necessary, effective online instructors do not simply
teach, but moderate, coach, and assist in the learning process. Today a
teacher, trainer, professor, or instructional designer often assumes the role
of concierge with a wealth of freely available tools and resources to guide her
learners. Or perhaps, after reading through this syllabus, you
might be more inclined to call such a person a “curator” of quality content.
Still others might focus on the “counseling” skills needed to help guide
learners through their assorted instructional options. In this more open twenty-first century learning world, anyone can
learn anything from anyone else at any time.
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