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Sun, 4 Jun 2017 3:47:00 EDT
Introduction to MOOCs and Open Ed Book Interview:
Just like being a guest on a radio shows, as discussed in my last blog post from two days ago, interviews are always fun to do and I tend to learn a lot when responding to the interviewer questions and comments. Over the years, I have found recorded oral interviews to be more spontaneous and easier to do than written ones; however, written ones, while they take much more time, tend to come out better and are more thoughtful. Such was the case a few months ago when my book editing team and I responded to interviewer questions in writing.

As indicated, this time it was a joint interview. More specifically, the interviewees were myself, Mimi Lee from the University of Houston, Tom Reeves from The University of Georgia, and Tom Reynolds from National University. Two years ago, we had co-edited the book "MOOCs and Open Education Around the World," which was published by Routledge in late June 2015. The excellent interviewer questions came from my doctoral student Meina Zhu and her colleague in Beijing, Yunjian Zhao. We initially received their questions back in January and February, and, then, after a first draft was completed, there were several follow-up questions and expansions in March and April. The article appeared shortly after that in May 2017. My that was quick and most welcome!

I should point out that Yunjian Zhao is the editor of the journal in which this was published, China Educational Technology. It apparently is a top educational technology journal in China (if not the top one). So my team and I felt fortunate to have been selected for this interview. About a decade ago, I was interviewed for this same journal regarding my book, The Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs, which had come out in 2006. Given the feedback that I have received since that time about that particular interview on blended learning, I think it was widely read. In a roundabout way, that one interview (which I almost did not do) later led to the translation of my book, the World is Open, to Chinese. The current interview is highly timely since the MOOCs and Open Ed book has just just been translated to Chinese by a team led by Dr. Jianli Jiao (blog) at South China Normal University (SCNU) in Guangzhou and will soon be available from East China Normal University (ECNU) Press in Shanghai. It will be my third book in Chinese. Cool! The other one is a free book in English and Chinese on online motivation and retention using my TEC-VARIETY framework.

Back to the interview...there were 25 questions in this particular interview, which is a tad more than usual. As a result, we address a wide gamut of topics including the role of MOOCs and open education, MOOC pedagogy, quality issues concerning MOOCs and open education, issues related to MOOCs and open education in developing parts of the world, ways to perhaps address cultural sensitivity and personalization of MOOCs, MOOC research, design and development issue, and future trends. We also discuss the book writing process and our various collaborative efforts. Hence, it ended up being a rather long document of nearly 10,000 words counting references and bios.

Link to Article Publication in China (and reprint in English):

The reference to this interview is below. Note the links to both English as well as Chinese versions of this article.

Citation #1:

Zhu, M., & Zhao, Y. (2017). MOOCs and open education: Possible roles, pedagogical practices, personalization, and pending trends. China Educational Technology-conversation with Drs. Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds, China Educational Technology, (5), 30-39.



Note: China Educational Technology is normally only published in Chinese (website of our article in China). However, I wanted the interview to be widely read and shared. Hence, my assistant, Seth White, and I worked hard to get an English version of this article that used the China Educational Technology journal formatting. That took some time and patience. We have been told that this is the first time that they have one of their publications available in English. Check it out. I think it looks splendid. The abstract from this interview is below.


Article Abstract:
In this article, Professors Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds discuss the events that led to their recently edited book on “MOOCs and Open Education Around the World” as well as a special journal issue on this same topic. They reflect on the role of MOOCs and open education in the developing world as well as how content from MOOCs might be creatively and effectively be used in any course. In addition, they offer timely guidelines on the design and delivery of MOOCs. Suggestions are also made concerning cultural sensitivity and personalization of MOOCs as well as possible resources and perspectives addressing MOOC quality. Near the end of this interview, Bonk, Lee, Reeves, and Reynolds point to research methods that might help close the many gaps or unknowns related to the effectiveness of MOOCs, important challenges facing MOOC researchers and instructors, and future directions and societal changes that those involved with MOOCs and open education need to take into consideration. They end with a discussion of where their research is headed and possible new directions and advancements in the field as a whole. As part of that discussion, they offer advice for working as a team on such complicated projects as an edited book. They also detail the topics and goals of an upcoming symposium on “MOOCs and Open Education in the Developing World” which they will coordinate in October 2017 at the E-Learn Conference in Vancouver.

Keywords: MOOCs, open education resources (OER), OpenCourseWare (OCW), cultural sensitivity, personalized learning, developing countries

Acknowledgments:
Dr. Yanxia (i.e., Sophie) Sun is thanked for her help in reviewing the Chinese translation of this document. She is one of my current visiting scholars from China. Of course, that is not her in the picture below. That picture comes courtesy of Dr. Eunbae Lee, formerly of Georgia Southern University and now living back in Seoul, Korea and working at Catholic University of Korea. It is her daughter, Leanne Park, who is so conscientiously reading our book. A budding scholar!




What is Coming Next (A Preconference Symposium at E-Learn!):

Near the end of the interview, we discuss what is coming next. Tom Reeves, Tom Reynolds, Mimi Lee, and I have our separate research and scholarly projects underway now. But, one key event on the horizon is a preconference symposium at the annual E-Learn international conference in Vancouver October 17-20 (Note: the first call for proposals has a due date of June 10th; there will most likely be a second call after that if you miss the June 10th proposal date).

I should point out that we have already coordinated two such preconference symposia for this conference back in 2008 and 2013 in Las Vegas. In addition, the four of us are all board members of E-Learn so Tom, Tom, and I asked if we could coordinate another such event; this time on "MOOCs and Open Education in the Developing World" at the E-Learn conference in Vancouver this coming October. If you cannot make it, there will be a FREE online panel in Zoom (actually 2 one hour panels) at 5 pm PST (8 pm EST) the night before (i.e., October 16). We have special guests coming from Figi, the Philippines, Antigua in the Bahamas, Kenya (the African Virtual University), Thailand, China, Brazil, and Malaysia. These are 8 super great panelists! Keep in mind that the night of October the 16th in North and South America would would equate to the morning of the 17th in Asia, Australia, and New Zealand; see preset World Clock for the exact times around the world.

The main part of this exciting symposium will be all day on October the 17th in Vancouver with 3 keynote and 4 invited speakers, a special panel, a couple of breakout sessions, interactive discussions, Q&A, and more! The speakers will be fantabulous (see the program link below)! They come from places like the World Bank, UNESCO, the Commonwealth of Learning (COL), the Inter-American Development Bank, and Stanford University. It will be like a conference within a conference. Don't miss it! The conference flier just came out. The preconference symposium will cost $99 (including lunch) to register for the full day and $65 for half the day (also including lunch). For more info, see this link (download PDF of program). Registration (direct).

Excerpt In Innovate Learning Review from AACE:
Note: an excerpt of the interview mentioned above that was published last month in China Educational Technology (May 2017) appeared shortly afterward in Innovate Learning Review (portions of the original interview were republished in English with the permission and encouragement of the editor). Innovate Learning Review (ILR) is a relatively recent publication from AACE which happens to run the E-Learn Conference as well as Ed Media, SITE, and Global Learn. We asked for this simultaneous publication in ILR in order to have part of the interview available in English. We did not realize that China Educational Technology journal would allow the English format (see earlier links to the full interview).

Citation #2:
Zhu, M., & Zhao, Y. (2017, May 16). MOOCs and open education: Possible roles, pedagogical practices, personalization, and pending trends. China Educational Technology-conversation with Drs. Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds, Innovate Learning Review. Available HTML and PDF: http://publicationshare.com/12(Note: This is an excerpt of interview in China Educational Technology, May 2017)





An Earlier Interview: I should mention that an earlier interview related to this book can be found in the July-August issue of Educational Technology magazine. I am delighted that we were interviewed for this issue since the editor of Educational Technology, Larry Lipsitz, passed away a few months later in November 2016. Fortunately, Larry gave permission to post this article online before he passed away. He was an amazing guy (here is a link to my tribute to Larry). I will wait for another blog post to explain more about him and perhaps post my entire tribute to him. My most excellent colleague Tom Reeves from the University of Georgia faithfully, creatively, and tirelessly organized a special section of the last issue of Educational Technology this past March-April 2017 for Larry. Larry had been edited of this journal since inception in the 1960s. Amazing!

Citation #3:
     Mark Viner, Ellen Gardiner, and Michael F. Shaughnessy (2016, July/August). Q&A with Ed Tech Leaders: Interview with Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, and Thomas H. Reynolds, Educational Technology, 56(4), 59-64. Available as PDF: http://publicationshare.com/6

Final Note:
For more information on the MOOCs and Open Education Around the World book (including the preface and various other free materials, nine book reviews, 2-3 author interviews, the slides to several presentations, myriad endorsements, and several reader reactions), see the book homepage at http://moocsbook.com/. You will notice that we also edited a special journal issue on the same topic in the International Journal on E-Learning (IJEL) at the same time. Finally, I should note that my MOOCs book editing team and I were fortunate to receive a top book award at the annual AECT Conference last October in Las Vegas. See picture of the four of us (cropped). Or see below with one of our great editors at Routledge, Daniel Schwartz (who is on the left), following by Mimi Lee, Tom Reeves, myself, and Tom Reynolds. Alex Masulis, our other excellent editor at Routledge, is not in this photo, unfortunately.


We hope you like the interview. And we also hope to see you at the preconference symposium in Vancouver in October...or at least virtually for the free session in Zoom (see the World Clock) the night before the E-Learn conference starts. Info on Symposium, PDF of program, registration (direct). Please tap me on the shoulder if you make it.


Sat, 3 Jun 2017 0:44:00 EDT
Do you like radio? Me too! I love a chance to be on the radio. I remember being on the radio in Adelaide, Australia back in November 2012 and listening to it later and saying to myself, "Wow, they really can do wonders with one's voice." Have a listen to this 7 minute show with Angus Randall on "Learnin’ How to Teach? I have been on dozens of radio shows over the years, including NPR in San Diego, LA, Wisconsin Public Radio in Madison (my home state), Chicago (on Navy Pier), and Indiana (here in Bloomington) as well as programs from the Canadian Broadcasting Corp, The USA Radio Network, Tech Tech, Voice America Women's Network, and many more. Each time I come away with new ideas and perspectives and a sense of accomplishment, It is such a highly enjoyable experience (we just won't talk about my experiences on television). Here's an old pic from Chicago Public Radio on Navy Per and one from WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio; both are from October 15, 2009 when I was on a promo tour of my World Is Open book. I think I did 4 radio shows that day (Racine, Wisconsin was also included). What fun! But that was back when I had a publicist for my book, The World is Open.







However, it has been a while since I was last on a live radio show a little over a year ago (on April 18, 2016 to be exact) when I was in Hamilton, New Zealand for a distance learning conference. I was on Radio New Zealand with Jessi Mulligan for an 11 minute reflection on emerging technologies. I should also note that a month ago, my friend Patrick O'Shea interviewed me for an upcoming Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) conference that I will keynote in Coimbra, Portugal on June 27th. You might have a listen to the Versatilist with Curt Bonk with Patrick O’Shea, April 24, 2017. Available: https://www.podomatic.com/podcasts/versatilist/episodes/2017-04-24T13_59_48-07_00
 
But finally I was once again on live radio. As Gene Wilder shouted in the 1974 movie classic, Young Frankenstein: "Alive. It's alive. It's alive!!!" This time I was alive as part of a panel at noon earlier today. More specifically, I was a guest on Indiana public radio (WFIU) show called "Noon Edition" here in the IU Radio and TV Building. One key topic we discussed was the appropriate amount of computer screen time for young children (i.e., using technology like smartphones and computers). The reason that this topic came up is that according to at least one recent research report, the more screen time for those under 18 months, the more developmentally delayed they are in terms of their speech and the less sleep that they tend to get. Caveat--this is just one or two early studies---correlational types of stuff; nothing causal yet. Too few studies to make any conclusions (Sidenote: I am not an expert in this area. See the resources below for more information on this topic, if interested).

In the show today, we discussed many other technology topics as well. We discussed Indiana funding for K-12 technology. Other technology topics included trends in other countries at the K-12 level, informal learning with technology, self-directed learning online, teacher support, guidelines for parents, digital learning skills, alternative delivery mechanisms like flipping the classroom, and the need for creative expression as opposed to drill and kill technology. It seems that there is a new preschool program in several states (e.g.,Utah, South Carolina, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, etc.) including here in Indiana, called UPSTART, which was developed by the Waterford Institute in Utah. The program requires students to spend about 15 minutes per day in certain lessons. According to a May 15, 2017 report, Indiana has kicked in $1 million for it. As the UPSTART website states: "UPSTART is an in-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that gives preschool-aged children individualized reading, math and science instruction with a focus on reading." Hence, as with any preschool program involving technology, the concern about screen time.

In the end, it was a really fun hour that went by too fast. A link to the 54 minute recording from today's session is below if interested. A list of the panelists is included. Below that, you can find some resources related to the issue of screen time and its impact or effects on young children.

The hosts of the show were Bob Zaltsberg and Becka Costello, Topic: “Digital Technology’s Impact On Education, Cognitive Development” (53:58). June 2, 2017. Producer: Ryan DeBattista.



Guests/Panelists:(1) Shannon Riley-Ayers, Associate Research Professor, National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), Rutgers University, (2) ErikWeitnauer, Founder and CEO, Graspable Math and postdoctoral research at Indiana University, and (3) Curt Bonk, Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University.




Finally, listed below are some resources that I found and watched or read in prepping for this radio program:

Screen Time Article and Video Resources:

2. January 3, 2017, How Dropping Screen Time Rules Can Fuel Extraordinary Learning, Cognitive Development, Mimi Ito, Connected Camps.

3. October 21, 2016, American Academy of Pediatrics Announces New Recommendations for Children’s Media Use, The American Academy of Pediatrics. Video #1 (short); Video #2 (long panel).


6. Screen Time for Kids: Finding the Right Balance, April 6, 2017. Digital Media + Learning Central.

As you can see from the dates, this is a highly current topic. I learned a lot from reading these articles and blog posts late last night. But, as expected, I particularly enjoyed the perspective of Dr. Mimi Ito at the University of California, Irvine (Wikipedia; blog). I assign some of her articles and videos in Week 10 of my R678 Emerging Learning Technologies class. The video embedded in her article about screen time makes a great point about allowing kids to explore and be creative with media. I would concur. I also agree with her that screen time is an outdated concept, and that we must find a sense of balance when it comes to issues such as these in fast-changing times. I especially resonated with her ending paragraph of her January 3, 2017 blog post in "Connected Camps." As Dr. Ito states:


       “Finding a groove isn’t easy, and not every kid will dive into something with a singular passion. But the potential is there for online media and digital games to support just about every interest and curiosity under the sun. Even if it is just an amusing meme, a factoid, or a coding with Minecraft, without exposure and parental support, kids will not have the freedom, wisdom, or courage to explore and savor the vastness of the networked world. So let go of fear and join the hunt for extraordinary learning.”


Let's find ways to encourage experimentation, exploration, self-expression, design, innovation, and collaboration and sharing with global peers; not just the regimentation of a required and strictly sequenced schedule. Perhaps UPSTART does this. Let's see what happens in the coming years here in Indiana and other states. But if the technology programs of the past 4-5 decades are any indication of what may result, I am not holding my breath.

I will be curious what you think of today's radio show. Did I get my radio voice back? Did any of the points that I or any of the other panelists made strike a chord? Were your questions answered? Send me an email if you like to cjbonk at indiana.edu.

Happy listening. And stay off the screen if you can. And remember, "The World IS Open" despite any news that you may hear otherwise.



(Note: Wish that I had taken a picture today in the studio with my pink suit and pink baseball hat on...next time! In any event, I hope that you can listen to yesterday's show: “Digital Technology’s Impact On Education, Cognitive Development”).




Sun, 9 Apr 2017 1:12:00 EDT
Publishing open education in open journals has many advantages. For instance, people are less likely to call you a hypocrite...or so I hope.

Are you interested in the developing world or open education? MOOCs? Are you new in your career? Are you an oldtimer with much wisdom and knowledge? Are you just looking for a journal to publish in? Well, then, try the relatively new journal called the Journal of Learning for Development (JL4D): http://www.jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d. This journal comes from the Commonwealth of Learning (COL) in Vancouver. My fantabulous friend Sanjaya Mishra from COL is one of the lead people on it. Thanks Sanjaya (see his COL bio)!

My most excellent colleague, Mimi Lee from the University of Houston, and I have a mixed methods research article in the current issue if JL4D that came out last week. It is open access.
        

             Bonk, C. J., & Lee, M. M. (2017). Motivations, achievements, and challenges of self-directed informal learners in open educational environments and MOOCs. Journal of Learning for Development, 4(1), 36-57. Retrieved from http://jl4d.org/index.php/ejl4d/article/view/195/188

The article stems from research on informal and self-directed learning that I conducted with participants to my MOOC with Blackboard several years ago. It is great to have this research published finally. I have informed my friends at Blackboard as well as my former TAs who helped with this project. They are all delighted.

You might want to explore the Table of Contents (TOC) for that entire issue (or here). Below is the title, abstract, and keywords from that article:


Motivations, Achievements, and Challenges of Self-Directed Informal Learners in Open Educational Environments and MOOCs



Abstract: This research targeted the learning preferences, goals and motivations, achievements, challenges, and possibilities for life change of self-directed online learners enrolled in a massive open online course (MOOC) related to online teaching hosted by Blackboard using CourseSites. Data collection included a 40-item survey of which 159 MOOC respondents completed the close-ended survey items and 49 completed the 15 open-ended survey items. Across the data, it is clear that self-directed online learners are internally motivated and appreciate the freedom to learn and choice that open educational resources provide. People were also motivated to learn informally from personal curiosity and interest as well as professional growth needs and goals for self-improvement. Identity as a learner was positively impacted by informal online learning pursuits. Foreign language skills as well as global, cultural, historical, environmental, and health-related information were among the most desired by the survey respondents. The main obstacles to informal online learning were time, costs associated with technology use, difficulty of use, and lack of quality. Qualitative results, embedded in the findings, indicate that self-directed learners take great pleasure in knowing that they do not have to rely on others for their learning needs. Implications for instructional designers are offered.

Keywords: Open educational resources, open education, informal learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs), self-directed learning, intrinsic motivation.

I really appreciate the "Open Access Policy" of this journal:
               "This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. By making all articles available under a CC-BY-SA license, the Journal of Learning for Development allows its authors to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal. Readers can copy and distribute the published work in any medium and format; remix, transform, and build upon the work as long as the original author (s) and the Journal of Learning for Development are attributed, and the derivative is released under CC-BY-SA license."

I also like the "Focus and Scope" of the JL4D:

               "The Journal of Learning for Development provides a forum for the publication of research with a focus on innovation in learning, in particular but not exclusively open and distance learning, and its contribution to development. Content includes interventions that change social and/or economic relations, especially in terms of improving equity.


                   JL4D publishes research articles, book reviews and reports from the field from researchers, scholars and practitioners, and seeks to engage a broad audience across that spectrum. It aims to encourage contributors starting their careers, as well as to publish the work of established and senior scholars from the Commonwealth and beyond."


You might give this journal a try. Please let me know if you do. And let me know what you think about the new publication from Mimi and I in the current issue of the JL4D. You might read this article. In it, you will see that lives are being changed by newly open online educational resources, courses, and other exciting initiatives.



Sat, 28 Jan 2017 18:16:00 EST
My daughter Nicki and I will tour southern France, Spain, and Portugal in June (still sorting out our schedule). Ironically, I was just asked to speak at the Immersive Learning Research Network (iLRN) Conference June 26-29, 2017 in Coimbra, Portugal. So I guess part of the schedule is now determined. I will speak on Day 1 or Day 2. The due date for proposals is extended February 15th.

If you are coming, please let me know. This looks like a great event! More info:
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/
https://immersivelrn.org/ilrn2017/keynote/

I hope to see you there.



Sat, 31 Dec 2016 0:11:00 EST
As per usual, I've been working a bit during winter break. Good news....I guess. The spring of 2017 version of the famed "Monster Syllabus" for R678 Emerging Learning Technologies has been reawakened, revived, and rejuvenated, is now available for anyone to explore, use, share, expand, debate, etc. While it had expanded to 75 pages a few years ago and then contracted to something much more reasonable last year. Much has been added in from the happenings of the past year and a few things revived from prior semesters. For the spring of 2017, the monster now stands at a mere 63 pages.

I added back in augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming; which I had deleted a couple of years ago. I also found many new research articles and news items (i.e., tidbits). And I included a bit on artificial intelligence to the end of the course (for possible mainstream addition next time). See below for links to the 16 designated weeks of the course.

Direct Navigation Links:
Skip to Week 1. (January 9) Introduction to the Open World: Visionaries and Visions
Skip to Week 2. Alternate Reality Learning: AR, VR, Gaming, and Simulations (Explore Week #1)
Skip to Week 3. The Sudden Explosion of E-Books and E-Book Readers
Skip to Week 4. The Expansion of Blended and Fully Online Learning
Skip to Week 5. Extreme, Nontraditional, and Adventure Learning
Skip to Week 6. Open Educational Resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Skip to Week 7. Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Skip to Week 8. More MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
Skip to Week 9. Motivation in Informal and Self-Directed Online Learning Environments (including online language learning) (Explore Week #2)
Skip to Week 10. Connectivism, Social Media, and Participatory Learning
Skip to Week 11. Wikis, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Collaborative Writing (Explore Week #3)
Skip to Week 12. Shared Online Video and Audio (Explore Week #4)
Skip to Week 13. Flipping the Classroom
Skip to Week 14. Interactive, Global, and Collaborative Learning (including learning spaces, etc.)
Skip to Week 15. Mobile, Wireless, and Ubiquitous Learning
Skip to Week 16+. Networks of Personalized Learning and AI Agents

I have been teaching this course for more than a quarter century. It has evolved from a course mostly about the psychology of learning with technology to one that discusses a series of prominent technology tools and resources. There are dozens and dozens of articles, videos, websites, technology tools, e-books, etc., just waiting for you to explore in the spring 2017 syllabus. In addition, you can explore every prior syllabus (see the Web links below). Much more is in the monster syllabus itself. See first link below for the latest incarnation of the monster.

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I look forward the spring class. Anyone is welcome to sit in. It is on Monday nights at 7:00-9:45 pm in Room 2101 of the Indiana University (IU) School of Education. Stop on by. If you do, perhaps you will be seeing monsters in your sleep.



Sample Prior P600/R685/R678 Syllabi:
  1. Spring 2017: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2017.htm
  2. Spring 2016: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2016.htm
  3. Spring 2015:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spring_of_2015.htm
  4. Spring 2013: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spring_of_2013.htm
  5. Fall 2012:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2012.htm
  6. Spring 2012: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spring_of_2012.htm
  7. Fall 2011: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2011.htm
  8. Fall 2010: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2010.htm
  9. Fall 2009: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2009.htm
  10. Fall 2008: http://mypage.iu.edu/~rwadholm/R685/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_2008.htm
  11. Fall 2007: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/R685-Fall-2007.htm
  12. Fall 2005: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/syllabus_p600_and_r685_fall_of_2005.htm
  13. Fall 2003: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/p600syl2.htm
  14. Fall 2002: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus--2002.html
  15. Fall 2001: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-2001.htm
  16. Fall 1999: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1999.htm  
  17. Fall 1997: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1997.htm
  18. Spring 1995: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1995.htm
  19. Fall 1990: http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/2012/09/the-evolution-of-monster-22-years-of.html  
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Final Note:
By the way, back in September 2012 (a little over four years ago), I made a blog post that included more of the history related to this course. Feel free to explore it. If you do, you can see what topics were hot back in 1990…some of which remain important today. Perhaps in three or four more years (i.e., the Year 2020), I will provide another glimpse of the history of this course. Perhaps it will have a another new and improved title. And perhaps someone else will be teaching it. Time will tell.

 

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 1:11:00 EST


Part 1: Updated “PEERS” Framework
Quality Control for Self-Published TEC-VARIETY book
Free Book: http://tec-variety.com/
Free Chapters: http://tec-variety.com/freestuff.php
AmazonCreateSpace
Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University, cjbonk@indiana.edu
November 2016

Back in May 2014, I self-published a book related to online motivation and retention (see blog post from two years ago). This particular blog post concerns the peer review process (PEERS) that we put the book through. It only took me 2.5 years to finally finding some time to make this post.

It is important to point out that I originally dreamed of this book back in 2000 with my colleague Vanessa Dennen of Florida State University (Vanessa's blog). It only took 14 years to come to fruition. And my co-author was Dr. Elaine Khoo from the University of Waikato in New Zealand, while Vanessa became one of the book editors.

The book title: is “Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online.” This book offered a new framework for online motivation called TEC-VARIETY.  Each letter of TEC-VARIETY stands for a set of overlapping motivational principles. There are 100 activities in the book (10 for each principle of motivation). Online instructors can learn how to foster curiosity, design a safe climate for learning, give feedback, foster interaction and collaboration, nurture student autonomy and creation of products, and much more. The intent is for higher online learning retention and the development of more self-directed online learners. 

With the 100+ activities, it follows the same format as my Empowering Online Learning book published by Jossey-Bass back in 2008 with a model called Read, Reflect, Display, and Do (R2D2) (Amazon). This new TEC-VARIETY book has a brand new set of 100+ activities and a focus on learner motivation and retention.

Elaine Khoo and I made this book free as an e-book. We used Amazon CreateSpace as our publisher along with OpenWorldBooks (which I own). AmazonCreateSpace were some of the most wonderful people in the world to work with. They were highly polite and customer service oriented.

To date, over 80,000 people have downloaded the entire book in English and tens of thousands more have downloaded individual chapters. Scholars at Beijing Normal University in China have recently translated it to Chinese (also free as an e-book) and the Open University of China has published it in print. Anyone can now download, share, and, with permission, translate it in English or Chinese. By the way, my son Alex produced the book cover.

TEC-VARIETY Book Homepage: (full book download: English and Chinese)
Individual Chaptersand Entire Book, see "Free Stuff": http://tec-variety.com/freestuff.php
Amazon (paperback and Kindle and hardcover by request)

A common question of self-published books relates to quality. See below for the "Peers framework which I designed and used for this book so as to address quality. Others might find it a handy guide when self-publishing their own books.

Reference:  Bonk, C. J., & Khoo, E. (2014). Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. OpenWorldBooks.com and Amazon CreateSpace.  Note: Free eBook available at: http://tec-variety.com/
   

PEERS Framework (for review of a self-published book):
1.       Peer Review: Three e-learning and educational technology experts were hired to review the entire book during the summer of 2013 (admittedly, however, this was not a blind review). The authors made their changes and sent the revised manuscript to the copyeditor. In addition, the copyeditor also took on a role of editor throughout the process and made some solid suggestions on deletions, modifications, combinations, additions, etc.
2.       Extensive Planning and Pilot Testing: The book 14 years to plan, 7 years to collect articles, and 3 years to write. In addition, the framework in the book was discussed to large as well as a small audiences at conferences, workshops, institutes, summits, webinars, university classes, etc., for more than a decade. Tens of thousands of people attended those talks. Feedback was received from hundreds, if not thousands, of such people during that time.
3.       Expert Team Approach: As with all book publishers, we contracted with many experts to produce a book of the highest quality. We hired editors, copyeditors, research assistants, website developers, proofreaders, graphic artists, illustrators, indexers, formatters, converters to other formats (e.g., Kindle, hardcover, etc.), computer programmers, book publishers, consultants, etc. Each were paid a fee (not cheap). We also talked about the process with several others who had self-published a book in the past.
4.       Relied on Format of Proven Book: Most importantly, the “Adding Some TEC-VARIETY” book followed the exact same format as the “Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing” book which was published in 2008 by Jossey-Bass. In effect, the format works and was deemed to be high quality by a major publisher. And unlike many activities book, this is a theory to practice with not just 100+ activities but with extensive references and theoretical backing. In addition, this book had the exact same first author as that book who went through the same process in writing this book. As with the earlier book, he partnered with an expert to co-author it.
5.       Sharing Samples: Sample chapters were sent to other experts in the field and other interested scholars, educators, and researchers for the past three years as were the chapter resources, tools references, and citations. Everything was shared as much as possible. The feedback that was received helped us fine tune each chapter.

Part 2: The Pros and Cons of Self-Publishing
Curt Bonk, Professor, Indiana University
November 2016

Here is a list 10 advantages and 10 disadvantages of a free self-published book. See what you think of these items. Please enjoy some TEC-VARIETY.

Advantages of Self-Publishing:
  1. Impact: Life impact. The ideas in the book related to teaching and learning can impact others around the world. And perhaps there will be some life impact or personal change from a few of them. There is also the potential for curriculum impact, resource impact, innovation impact, etc.
  2. Longevity: Longevity of ideas. Someone could find or use or modify this book long after the authors are gone. Digital archivists and educators might stumble upon this book centuries from now.
  3. Rural and Disadvantaged: A free book helps people in the developing world learn new content. In addition, teachers and course designers can ramp up online and blended course development.
  4. Control: This IS the big one. The authors can design and change things how they want. Use the book titles and subtitles that they want and the examples that they want. And, yes, 2-3 experts peer reviewed the book just like another publisher (e.g., Jossey-Bass/Wiley) would have done.
  5. Experiment: It is an experiment. The authors can learn what works. We can practice marketing skills. We can share with others about self-publishing. We can start OpenWorldBooks.com. And we can continue the experiment with the next book.
  6. Less to Pack: Less guilt when someone has a request or when you visit a country with no gifts. I can always give people this book (or at least the link to download it).
  7. Fun and Novel Invitations: The authors can trade book royalties for interviews, discussions, invited panels, consultations, and speaking invites.
  8. Parting or Meeting Gift: It is something the authors can give to students, guests, and visiting scholars. I can send to anyone who visits or calls to interview me on the phone.
  9. Growing Network: The network of contacts around the world expands.
  10. Reputation: It brings attention to author reputation or brand and everything else that one does.
Disadvantages of Self-Publishing:
  1. Personal Time and Effort: This project has been my baby for a long time. And I made it free? This was not just 3 years in the making. I had an IST master’s student collect articles 7 years before completion. And Vanessa Dennen and I discussed a possible book on online motivation 14 years prior.
  2. Cost: The authors spent much out of pocket money designing and developing this book. Proofreaders, researcher assistant, Web designer and programmer, copy editor, editors, indexer, formatter, graphic designer, publisher, and website costs. It was not insignificant (I’m happy to share the costs via email).
  3. Potential for Failure and Looking Foolish: It could backfire and no one could find out about the book. If that happens, one could look foolish.
  4. Perceptions of Self-Published Book: People might think that it is low quality since it is being given away for free. The author reputation could take a hit. Some scholars/academics might look down on someone who self-publishes.
  5. Piracy and Plagiarism Battles and Legal Fees: People could more easily plagiarize this book. They could copy it, sell it, and post it online. There could be many moles to whack via attorney letters.
  6. Fairness to Self (i.e., potential for psychological and physical problems): My body could tell me that I am an idiot after expanding so much energy to get this far and not get much in return.
  7. Fairness to Co-Author: My book writing colleague, Dr. Elaine Khoo, deserves some remuneration.
  8. Translation Negotiations: The authors have to negotiate book translations rights and contracts, instead of the publisher. Tough decisions have to be made about selling the book in another language or offering only free versions. It takes time to produce a new version of the book.
  9. Marketing and Dissemination Requirements: The authors have many ways to market the book with organizations that have hundreds of thousands of connections; however, they will lack the connections and networks of a major publisher (e.g., conference exhibits, newsletters, Website promotions, etc.).
  10. Future Expectations: In the future, how can the authors justify charging a fee for any book that takes less than 14 years to produce?

Wed, 9 Nov 2016 2:42:00 EST
Writing anyone? How about publishing? I was at a conference last Friday at the University of Houston. It was titled "Education 20/20: Innovative Teaching and Learning at a Distance." My talk slides are posted. I did the opening keynote as well as a breakout session right after it and a discussion session.

Prior to the conference, my colleague, Dr. Mimi Lee, asked me to speak about writing and publishing to doctoral students in curriculum and instruction at the University of Houston last week. So I did. I also spoke on forming solid research questions. I crafted a two-page handout of these tips and suggestions which was handed out to the budding scholars in the audience. It is recapped below.

Question: Why did I label this part "Ten Years Before." Well, now, you will just need to read to the end, won't you? Aha.

Part 1: Ten Years Before
Tips on Writing and Publishing for Doctoral Students

You can find these 30 writing tips about a decade ago at my blog. I add explanations of each one and some pictures. Curt Bonk (2007, January 27). A Quick 30 Writing Tips for the Start of an Academic Career. TravelinEdMan (Blog), Note: This blog post was later re-published in: Curt Bonk (2010, April 2), 30 Writing Tips: Curtis J. Bonk offers advice for thestart of an academic career. Inside Higher Ed.

A Quick 30 Writing Tips for the Start of an Academic Career

  1. Edit your papers a lot (but, in truth, better to be a Combiner than a Mozartian or Beethovenian).
  2. Get feedback.
  3. Stay current.
  4. Be part explorer.
  5. Be part bumblebee in gathering ideas from different places (and later part butterfly, moth, or bird).
  6. Be a voracious reader (and ponderer).
  7. Persist like an ant.
  8. Be creative in your figures, models, frameworks, charts, and graphs!
  9. Try to publish the paper or as a chapter before presenting at a conference (but after your conference proposal is sent in and accepted--i.e., do not scramble to write your conference paper at the last minute).
  10. Maintain a list and network of potential research and writing collaborators.
  11. Share your publication efforts.
  12. Find emerging areas to research that you are passionate about or at least interested in.
  13. Think ahead about the publishing potential of each project.
  14. Treat graduate students as colleagues.
  15. Find international and national colleagues to work with.
  16. Schedule time for writing.
  17. Have a plan or direction for the next few years and beyond--Goals are critical.
  18. Read a paper on how to create a writing plan.
  19. Organization.
  20. Use presentations as starter material.
  21. Get paid to write and research.
  22. Find professional balance.
  23. Find personal balance.
  24. Do not design too many new courses.
  25. Find a niche or direction for your research and drill down.
  26. Write all the time.
  27. Avoid high quality journal fixations.
  28. Quantity matters as well as quality (sometimes more so).
  29. Prioritize.
  30. You are just a grasshopper, so get a mentor and use him/her.
Again, read my original blog post from January 2007 for more details on the above.

I then brainstormed 20 more writing and publishing tips since I first wrote that blog post (and article) about a decade ago. See below and let me know what you think. I labeled this part "Ten Years After" since the original list came "Ten Years Before."

Part 2: Ten Years After (do you remember the rock band from the 1960s and 70s? And their song, "I'd love to change the world?" (longer live version).
More Tips on Writing and Publishing for Doctoral Students
Professor Curtis J. Bonk, Indiana University, IST Dept, cjbonk@indiana.edu Thursday November 3, 2016

Another Quick 20 Writing and Publishing Tips
  1. Find good people to work with: life is short - avoid egomaniacs and people who lie.
  2. Form research questions: Record gaps in research, find creative opening, keep tweaking,
  3. Mark days in your planner when you will be writing. Find or create chunks of time.
  4. Find, save, and use starter text where possible. Helps to overcome writer's block.
  5. Save research articles for a rainy day (i.e., create file folders of articles on different topics).
  6. Make both short term and long-term plans and goals. Review and revise those goals often.
  7. Perhaps draft a timeline or multiple timelines for your publications with flexible goals.
  8. Make a list of prominent journals (e.g., SSCI journals) and go after them one by one.
  9. Look for special journal issues that you might contribute to.
  10. Organize conference symposia which could lead to special journal issues and books.
  11. Get to know the journal editor(s). Write to the journal editors with questions.
  12. Look at the available journals and decide on the best 3 or 4 for your article.
  13. Always look at the reference section to see where people are publishing similar articles.
  14. Sponsor visiting scholars who want to work with you; they often have writing plans.
  15. Become second or third author sometime in order to spread your limited time.
  16. Listen to your colleagues and team and shoot for the journals to which they aspire.
  17. Recap the reviewer points and how you have attempted to address them.
  18. Be polite and thankful to the journal or book chapter editor(s).
  19. Review your CV/resume: check in process, in review, in press, and published articles and chapters. Remind yourself of your annual accomplishments. Remind yourself of your shortcomings.
  20. Celebrate your writing accomplishments with friends. These do not happen often enough.
Ok, that is 50 total writing tips. What do you think about them? Which are the best 2-3 tips? Which are the worst ones?

Do you want more? If so, my splendid friend and colleague from graduate school days at the University of Wisconsin in the late 1980s, Dr. Cecil Smith, detailed a bunch of writing tips back in 2004 in a paper for the AERA conference in San Diego. I helped him out for some of them...see below. People interested in this paper can contact Cecil via email for a copy. Cecil is now the Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education and Professor of Learning Sciences and Human Development in the College of Education and Human Services at West Virginia University (where I worked a quarter of a century ago).
 
See also: Cecil Smith (2004, April 12). Advice for new faculty members: Getting your writing program started. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference (AERA), San Diego, CA.


1.     Assistance, Or Getting by with a Little Help from My Friends.
  1. Find a writing mentor-someone who is honest, direct, and quick with feedback.
  2. If you form a research team, commit to a time and place for weekly or monthly meetings.
  3. Identify good writing models in your field.
  4. Be careful being lured onto the research projects of others and senior faculty.
2.     Organization is the Key.
  1. Do your research and writing prior to your teaching and class preparation.
  2. Use bulletin board with push pins and index cards of writing projects to indicate progress.
  3. Set small writing goals for each week.
  4. If you must teach in the summer for the $$$, teach short or intensive courses.
  5. Try to familiarize yourself with the journal and the manuscript style and format.
  6. Find a direction for your writing. Rework dissertation to the gleast publishable unit.h
  7. Do not be afraid to call a senior person in your field for advice.
  8. Think about multiple papers from one project; e.g., publish both the research AND the model.
  9. If you find a niche area, keep publishing in it; go deep! Applied and theoretical articles is fine.
3.     Persistence + Priorities = Productivity.
  1. Try not to ever give up on a piece of writing. Persistence and grit wins the day.
  2. But still be willing to cut your losses and move on when needed.
  3. Avoid doing too many conference presentations. Finish your papers first.
  4. Get an effective laptop, tablet, or writing device for writing on planes and in airports and cafes.
  5. Try not to feel guilty declining a committee or other service or requests.
4.     Money, It's a Hit.
  1. Get grants and inquire about other sources of funding to give you time off to write.
  2. Attend workshops on grant writing.
  3. Find small pots of money from university for small projects and start-up research.
Ok, that is enough writing tips for one day...especially on election day. Ug! I hope that they help and perhaps provide a little ray of hope in this sea of mad madness.




Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:57:00 EDT
TravelinEdMan is in Seoul at the moment. It is a short trip. I got here Monday night. I head home tomorrow. Yesterday, I gave the keynote speech at E-learning Week at Coex. I was asked to speak about the Fourth Industrial Age (more info on it; see the Davos Reader). At the start of the talk, I spoke on self-driving cars and planes, robotics, 3-D printing, augmented intelligence, artificial intelligence, and much more. Below is the abstract that I came up with. My slides are posted.

I met many high ranking education ministers and officials yesterday before the ribbon cutting ceremony (e.g., the Vice Minister of Education, the President of the Korea Council for Online Universities, the Vice Minister of Ministry of Trade, Industry, and Energy, etc.). Today there are many presentations on virtual reality and gaming. I was fortunate to be part of the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Based on feedback from others, I think my talk went well despite the internet connection on their laptop lapsing just when I went up to speak (after testing it for 2 hours). I had many videos loaded. I ended up showing a few of them after the Internet connection came back. I also had to deal with 50 minutes for my keynote instead of 60 minutes as we did not start right away (that happens, but this was a new talk with much in it so it was tough to adjust this time). Another problem was that the 60 TEC-VARIETY books that I sent to the conference did not arrive. I wanted to give them away to people at the end of my talk. Darn.

Here is the abstract of my talk.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution Meets the Fourth E-Learning Revolution
Abstract: Over the past few centuries, humankind has entered and exited a series of industrial ages from the age of steam and water power to the immense benefits of electricity and efficient assembly line workers to the tremendous life enhancements from computers and pervasive automation. Now we are on the cusp of the fourth industrial age related to cyber physical systems with extensive physical, biological, digital, and educational implications. It is in this age that we now are witnessing hyper-accelerating advancements in robotics, mobile supercomputing, artificial intelligence, drone technology, autonomous vehicles, and much more. Similarly, in education, after just two decades of Web-based learning, we have entered the fourth phase or wave of e-learning. Interesting, each of the four waves of e-learning have come exactly seven years apart. First was the establishment of Web browsers and learning portals, brought about by Web search companies like Netscape which was founded on April 4, 1994. Seven years to the day later, MIT announced the OpenCourseWare (OCW) movement on April 4, 2001 and the age of open education was spawned. Another seven year span resulted in the first massive open online courses (MOOCs) in 2008. Now we enter the fourth phase of e-learning involving the personalization of e-learning. This is the age where mentors, tutors, experts, colleagues, and instructors can appear instantaneously on a mobile device. As with the fourth wave of the industrial revolution, there is immense change around the world today related to new forms of learning typically involving technology in the fourth phase of e-learning. In fact, there are three megatrends related to learning technology today: (1) technologies for engagement; (2) technologies for pervasive access; and (3) technologies for the personalization and customization of learning. To better understand these new forms of learning delivery, Professor Bonk will discuss these three megatrends as well as his recent research on the personalization of e-learning. Along the way, insights will be offered into where the fourth industrial revolution bumps into and fuels the fourth e-learning revolution.
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 I will try to post some pictures from my involvement in e-Learning Week here in Korea later.













Fri, 5 Aug 2016 16:50:00 EDT
What happens ever summer? Answer: A trip or two to my roots in Wisconsin. And one such trip is coming up next week. Hooray!

I cannot wait to go to Milwaukee (where I was born) and the University of Wisconsin Madison (where I went to graduate school). I am heading up Monday morning for the 32nd Annual Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison August 9-11. There is no better place than Madison and Milwaukee in the summer. So many festivals in Milwaukee. And such a delightful ambience in Madison in the summer. I miss that place every day.

My car (a 2004 blue Honda Pilot) will eventually be quite full. Full of MOOCs books to give away at the conference and many suitcases and dishes for my brother Richard. And full of people. First, I will pick up my former student Dr. Minkyoung Kim in Bloomington. We will drive through Chicago (the mess that it is) and pick up Dr. Tom Reeves from the University of Georgia in the Milwaukee airport Monday afternoon. We will stay a night in Milwaukee so I can show them around places like the Milwaukee Art Museum. I will also show them the house in West Allis (2468 S. 94th Street) that I grew up in on the west side of Milwaukee. Unfortunately, it is presently for sale (check out my old house; see also pictures below). My mom passed away back in December and my sisters and brothers are now selling it. This will likely be the final time that I see my old house and neighborhood. Sadness. I will come back to Milwaukee on Friday to drop off Tom Reeves at the airport and then go to the State Fair with one of my brothers (Richard) and best friend Stan Lowe. It is an annual pilgrimage.

There is much to do at the conference in Madison. I have been prepping for weeks. I have a spotlight session on the personalization of MOOCs. And I have another spotlight session on how to use Web and videoconferencing to bring in experts, former students, and others to one's classes and events. Third, I have been asked to introduce the recipient of the Charles and Mildred Wedemeyer Award for Distance Learning Practitioner. I was fortunate to receive the award two years ago and so I have been asked to be involved this year. And fourth, I am on a closing panel. These events are detailed below.

Let's start with the ending panel. There are tons of brilliant people coming this year as keynote, spotlight, and invited speakers. I am truly impress with the work that my friends Les Howles and Kimary Peterson have put into this year's event. Many of these people will join me on the conferencing closing panel, Stumble, Fall Rise Again: From Failure to Transformation Change. During that panel, we will all relate stories where things did not work out as planned. It should be fun. Many of my friends and colleagues are also on the panel; they include, Ellen Wagner, Simone Conceicao, Michael G. Moore, Tom Reeves, Darcy Hardy, Ray Schroeder, and Michelle D. Miller. Les Howles will moderate it. Many of these people will join me for dinner on Tuesday night at the Great Dane Pub and Brewery restaurant in Madison near the Capital.

In one Spotlight session on Wednesday afternoon, Personalizing the MOOC: Insights from Experts Around Planet Earth, Tom Reeves and I will not only update you on the present state of MOOCs, but we will discuss what contributors to our book, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World published a year ago, have since recommended to us about how to personalize and be culturally sensitive when designing and delivery a MOOC. We will also present some brand new data collected by my research team and I during the past month on how 150 MOOCs instructors from varied disciplines around the world have personalized their MOOCs.

A book discussion and signing session will follow immediately after the spotlight session where people can receive a signed copy of our MOOCs and Open Education Around the World book for free (I should mention that Mimi Lee at the University of Houston and Tom Reynolds at National University are co-editors but they unfortunately cannot make it to the conference in Madison). Book signings and discussions are always fun. I will also do a "Book Nook" discussion on Thursday morning at 9 am. I am really looking forward to presenting at this conference with my super-splendid colleague Dr. Tom Reeves. He and I make for a fun team despite a bit of wear in the tires.

As indicated, in another spotlight session, Through the Words of Experts: Lessons Learned from Over Two Decades of Synchronous Conferencing, my former graduate student, Dr. Minkyoung Kim, and I will detail many ways that Web and videoconferencing can be used to bring in guest experts. Here is the abstract: "The tools for connecting students with experts around the world have enabled a new type of learning apprenticeship. No longer must your instructors and peers come from your own institution or organization. This talk will detail a series of pedagogical innovations and lesson learned from Web and video conferencing experimentations meant to extend the classroom to the world community. Tools such as Adobe Connect, Google Hangouts, Skype, and Zoom will be highlighted. Extensive examples and advice will be provided."

I have dozens of such examples that I can share. Most of the time it is a eye-popping and head-knocking sort of experience. People see new perspectives and ideas. They learn about different cultures and the importance of course content in various regions of the world and disciplines. And they better appreciate the content being taught in the course. These are exciting times for work in this area of global education with technology.

I should point out that this will be Minkyoung Kim's first presentation since passing her dissertation defense in June. She heads to a position at Texas Tech shortly after the conference. Congrads to her!

So, that is it for my brief recap for next week. Madison is so much fun in the summer. I will give Tom and Minkyoung and Rich Culatta a tour of the UW Campus on Tuesday afternoon. We will try to meet up with my former student Kurt Squire for ice cream at the main union overlooking Lake Mendota as part of the tour. It will be great to see my Kurt for the last time in Madison. He and his wife Constance Steinkuehler recently accepted jobs at UC Irvine.

You can find my slides in my archived talks in TrainingShare.com. In the meantime, below are pictures of the front and back of the house that I grew up in there in West Allis, Wisconsin (along with 2 brothers and 2 sisters). I will miss the old place when it is sold. Pictures of the inside can be found in the link above. One bathroom and three bedrooms for 7 people was not easy. Eventually, my father built a 4th bedroom and 2nd bathroom in the basement. Enjoy the home tour! Perhaps you might want to buy it? Let me know.









Thu, 28 Jul 2016 19:31:00 EDT
Note: The snippet below "And the State of E-Learning is..." comes from the introductory section of a journal article that just went to press. Part of it had to be cut due to length (I tend to write too much!). Oh well. The article that I wrote is based on a keynote talk (Education 3.0: The Learning World of Middle Earth is Fast Changing!--see slides) that I gave in April 2016 at the DEANZ conference (now called FLANZ or the Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand). By the way, can join FLANZ.

Bonk, C. J. (2016). What is the state of e-learning?: Reflections on 30 ways learning is changing. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 20(2), 6-20. Available: http://jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL/article/viewFile/300/205 and http://www.jofdl.nz/index.php/JOFDL/article/view/300

          
There is a second piece of that article that was also cut entitled "From Men on Stilts to Bill Clinton." I blogged on it this morning (in part since Bill Clinton just spoke at the Democratic Convention). I recommend that you click the link above and read through that blog post after you read the information below. I should point out that my most excellent colleagues, Dr. Noeline Wright and Dr. Elaine Khoo, ran the conference and are now editing the special journal issue. You will find their pictures below.

Thanks so much Elaine and Noeline. By the way, you may recognize Elaine's name as co-author with me of the "Adding Some TEC-VARIETY" book with me (free copy of e-book). And you might recognize Noeline's name as a chapter contributor to my 2006 book, The Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs.

See below for the main part of my second blog post of the day...

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And the State of E-Learning is…

As I write this article, it is Monday June 20, 2016. Looking at my calendar, it is the summer solstice and the end of spring. During this time of extended daylight, I am staring out into the forest behind my house here in Bloomington, Indiana.



I am reflecting on the speech that I gave at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand during the annual DEANZ conference two months earlier. In it, I discussed how the learning world in which I had grown up was in rapid motion. Some thirty different learning related trends had somehow, though not totally unexpectedly, started to coalesce. Learning had increasingly become more informal, video-based, ubiquitous, collaborative, self-directed, global, mobile, open, massive, and so much more.



Each trend on its own would have sparked a learning revolution. The fact that they were occurring simultaneously should force every human being walking this planet to pause and stare into the distance just as I was engaged in. In fact, you might try it right now. Turn off your computer. Close this journal article. Then reflect on the differences between your learning journeys today and those you took one, two, or three decades ago.



What I was pondering was the fact that exactly fourteen years earlier I had trekked through those same campus grounds at the University of Waikato. Back then, I attended a pivotal and exciting e-learning summit wherein I gave a series of talks about the pervasive myths, pedagogical possibilities, and problems of e-learning. At the time, e-learning quality, incentives, completion rates, instructor training and support, and challenges and obstacles were among the many topics of interest. Interestingly, they remain so today. The other invited keynote presenters at the summit, Gilly Salmon of the Open University in the UK and John Hedberg (see his research) of Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, offered much insight into these issues and other instructional options and opportunities in this growing field.



The one item that struck me repeatedly back in April 2002 was how often I was asked to explain the present state of e-learning. This question was first posed of me during a live national TV program in New Zealand (Channel One morning news); to which I had no answer. To my utter embarrassment, all I could offer was a series of mumbling sounds. Later that same day, I was asked that exact same question on Radio New Zealand. By that time, I had an answer, “It depends.” Amazingly, at the end of the E-learning Summit, the conference organizer, Dr. Mark Topping, had all the keynote speakers line up and tell the audience their perspectives on “the current state of e-learning.” Apparently, after the epic success with the Lord of Rings movie trilogy, people in New Zealand were hoping for another success in conquering the field of e-learning. Unfortunately for New Zealanders, so was every educator and politician in every other country that I visited at that time.



In retrospect, my talk at the 2016 DEANZ conference was perhaps unintentionally designed to attempt to answer that question about the state of e-learning (or perhaps just learning); I was just 14 years too late. However, as someone who has given more than 1,000 talks in dozens of countries since that unique summit in 2002, I can attest to the fact that it is extremely difficult to keep up on the fast changing forms of learning technology and distance education. Interesting and ground breaking new technology reports seem to arise every hour of the day.


Back in 2002, a segment within one of my talks in Hamilton was titled “There’s no learning in e-learning.” In it, I showcased pictures from various conferences that I had attended the previous couple of years. The rationale for that talk should have been part of my answer on television, radio, and the E-Learning Summit about the “state of e-learning” back in 2002. As you will see in the section below, there really was no learning within e-learning. No. No. No. No. No!

(Remember to read Part 2 of this article which I wrote early this morning, "From Men on Stilts to Bill Clinton."  Reading them together is important in order to make sense of some of my key points.)
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Some pictures from the conference are below. They are in chronological order from the start of the DEANZ 2016 conference to the reflective drink at the end. I have already posted many more pictures from my trip to New Zealand in my blog. If you like hobbits, elves, and wizards, you might check them out: Been there (New Zealand), Done That (Korea...but going again)...
























 

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