Episode 84

"Curt Bonk: Reflections on Technology and Education"

Duration 00:12:00      Recorded on October 25, 2010

The World is Open author Curt Bonk joins LearningTimes Green Room hosts Susan Manning and Dan Balzer to explore a range of issues, including mobile technologies, open learning, and the notion of a digital scholar.

Show Notes:

The World is Open author Curt Bonk joins LearningTimes Green Room hosts Susan Manning and Dan Balzer to explore a range of issues, including mobile technologies, open learning, and the notion of a digital scholar.

Online education has become so much more mobile over the past two or three years, and this podcast is more than emblematic of that shift. Susan mentions how her daughter help set up this very talk with texting by proxy in the car, while Curt comes to us from the edge of a forest, via Skype. Curt talks about how quickly communication systems have changed, and the freedom and mobility given by our fast-paced technology boom.

Akin to Susan's daughter helping her with her phone, learning new technological skills is often like an apprenticeship, both in and out of the classroom. Dan tells us about a class facilitated by his brother, using technology to teach marketing in a hands-on fashion. Yet as Curt explains, there is even more potential for the field of education than simply the growth of technology in the classroom. Perhaps we have caught up with the Active Learning movement, and can no longer ignore the importance of new technologies that give so much independence and self-direction to learners. From here, Curt is heading into informal learning environments, 'extreme learning' situations bringing education out into the world. As he discusses in his book, The World Is Open, non-traditional learning has become the norm, extending the learning environment into our new 'century of learning.'

In light of Curt's work published for free over the web, Susan asks how he deals with intellectual property, and pressures by established universities for educators to follow a traditional publishing path. Digital scholars are having trouble finding academic acceptance for their new methods of publishing and research, but there are certainly ways to promote non-traditional education. Curt has set up a portal for video online, and a set of 27 videos on how to teach online, commissioned by Indiana University. These illustrate how to use blogs, wiki, and various other important tools for online education, and are available on YouTube.

Susan and Dan thank Curt and wrap up by promoting the Jossey-Bass Online Teaching and Learning Conference and inviting listeners to continue this conversation.

About the Guest:

Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D., is professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has written many articles and coauthored several widely used books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators. He is also president and founder of SurveyShare and CourseShare.

 
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