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The Price of an 8 Pack of Learning Theory Lectures? Nothing! Just a Lot of Bonk!
Friday, September 12, 2008
I tried something unique this past week for my P540 Learning and Cognition in Education class (i.e., a learning theories class) and posted 8 lectures for it since I am teaching it online. Yes, talking head stuff and not interactive--there were no students with me in the room. I did not bring my normal array of props either (just a few). Still, the content may be of use for some who read this blog.

Five of these video lectures have picture in picture and the other 3 rotate between me and the slides. The room I used here at Indiana University (Room 2140 of the School of Education) has been recently remodeled with a Hi-Def camera, a new computer, and a large screen monitor so I thought I would test it out. The technology support people at IU were quite great as well in helping me set this up and edit it all the same day. IU is a leader in technology support. We have a wonderful campus and infrastructure!

To add a touch of variety, I wore a different shirt (purple, green, red, blue, black, white, etc.) and Jerry Garcia tie in each one to make them look like I filmed them on different days. However, I did these on just 2 days (Friday September 5th and Wednesday the 10th). Most of them are roughly 45 minutes long. I think they came out pretty good considering I had no direct help in the room with me and no audience. Though one of them I had to start over as I had the microphone muted. Fortunately, I found out only 10 minutes in.

Cost of these educational videos = zero, nada, nothing. These are available without a password—so any instructor teaching a course on learning theories or instructional design can use them if he or she wishes. I think that these are all I will do. They are a set.

All 8 lectures I recorded during the past week can be found at the following URL and are also listed below (they cover Weeks 1-8 or 9 of my course; the remaining weeks I do other things so there will be no more lectures or so I think):

All my online lectures, podcasts, talks, and other resource material from this week and prior years related to this course are here:

See below for list of eight talks I did this week. They are not slick or anything but they could be a nice course supplement. I am just sharing--I think Open Educational Resources (OER) is one of the trends that will be a key part of educational reform. Feedback can be sent to me (Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University) at If you sleep through them, it is ok; at least you will get some needed rest.

P540 Week 1:
Recorded September 5, 2008 (30 minutes)
Introduction to Theories of Learning and Instruction and brief info on the course/syllabus
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 2:
Recorded September 5, 2008 (45 minutes)
Behaviorism (Ivan Pavlov, John Watson, and B. F. Skinner with some associated information on with Hermann Ebbinghaus and Edward Thorndike)
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 3:
Recorded September 5, 2008 (45 minutes)
Social Cognitive Theory and Self-Efficacy from Albert Bandura
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 4:
Recorded September 10, 2008 (73 minutes)
Cognitive Information Processing (CIP)
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 5:
Recorded September 10, 2008 (46 minutes)
Motivation and Self-Regulated Learning
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 6:
Recorded September 10, 2008 (42 minutes)
Meaningful Learning and Schema Theory
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Week 7:
Recorded September 5, 2008 (45 minutes)
Constructivism to Instructivism: Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky, Jerome Bruner, and Robert Gagne (as well a practice test of 30+ items comparing cognitive constructivism (i.e., Piaget) and social constructivism (i.e., Lev Vygotksy)
Archive URL: mms://

P540 Weeks 8-9:
Recorded September 10, 2008 (41 minutes)
Constructivism, Social Constructivism, Learner-Centered Instruction, and PBL
Archive URL: mms://

In addition to these video lectures, as I stated in my previous blog post, I am using many YouTube videos and other shared online videos for this class. This is the way in which courses will be taught in the future--blending ones own lectures with content found online. Enjoy!
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Fall 2008 Course Syllabi, Learning Theory, YouTube, Wikibooks, and the Web 2.0
Saturday, September 06, 2008
Sorry that it has been more than a month since my last post. I have been working on many journal articles and book chapters as well as a couple of new course syllabi.

P540 Syllabus on Learning Theories: I have a new syllabus for my P540 course on Learning Theories and Instructional Design.

YouTube Addendum to P540 Syllabus: I also have an addendum to that syllabus which has a list of YouTube and other online videos which parallel each week of the semester. Feel free to use this list. If you do, please let me know how you use it and what happened when you did. Also note that I wrote an article on the use of YouTube in instruction for the AERA conference in New York last March which is available online. I will try to publish it later this year. Let me know what you think of it.

Webstreamed Lectures for Learning Theories: And I have some new Webstreamed lectures on behavioral, cognitive, constructivist, and social constructivist theory posted which I did on Friday September 5, 2008. I plan to do 4 more such video lectures this coming Friday. And when I do, I promise to wear a different shirt and tie for each one. Smile!

Wikibook for Learning Theories: This class will continue to work on a wikibook I started last year on "The Practice of Learning Theories" or the POLT. You are welcome to expand any chapter in it or add new ones.

R685 Syllabus on the Web 2.0: I use many Web 2.0 activities in that class. However, a better place to learn about the Web 2.0 is my R685 course on "The Web 2.0 and Participatory E-Learning." Every article in that course is found freely available online. The syllabus is now 30 pages so that is a lot of articles! There are also links to open access journals and a couple of open access e-books.

Wikibook for the Web 2.0: This class will continue to work on a Wikibook on "The Web 2.0 and Emerging Learning Technologies" or the WELT which I started last year with colleagues from universities in Malaysia, Taiwan, China, and the USA. You (or your students) are welcome to extend or edit it. Please let me know how you like it and what you did.

Enjoy these resources.
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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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