The fourth invited International speaker was Curtis Bonk. Yes, it was a MIGHThTY CHALLENGE to get him to do an IMU webinar, but in the end he did it (Kudos to him and me!). And what a great webinar it turned out to be...
Title : Stretching the Edges of Technology-Enhanced Teaching: From Tinkering to Tottering to Totally Extreme Learning
Date : 10th April, 2012
Time : 10.00 AM, Kuala Lumpur
Venue : Online (WizIQ)
Some insist. Some resist. Others persist. Such is state of online learning today. But what is highly resistible for some is often passionately irresistible for others. Many are content to tinker with blended forms of learning. They dip their toes into the technology change movement by embedding shared online videos, simulations, timelines, collaborative groups, and open access articles in their courses. Others enter deeper waters and push toward the edges of what is possible. Their classes are teeter-tottering on the brink of transformation. Such instructors hand over the keys to their learners and let them drive for a bit. These risk taking instructors might enjoy reading a learner-designed wikibook, listening to a student generated podcast show, or watching the results of an international video competition. And then there are those who find themselves at the extreme edges of this learning planet. They might tap into virtual explorers, artists, archeologists, and adventurers to excite their learners. It is in such courses that scientific discoveries appear live. Mobile, virtual, and telepresence technologies become the new norm. It is time to stretch toward the edges of learning from those of us tinkering on the shores to those whose learning approaches are tottering in new directions and even landing in totally extreme or alien lands. This talk will showcase examples from all three worlds - the world of the tinkerer, the totterer, and the totally extreme. Which world will you find yourself?
Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. 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. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. 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 coauthored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (2009), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators (1998).
I can nearly guarantee you that this 2-hour plus recorded webinar session will literally blow your mind into the future with extreme excitement and learning. You have probably heard of 'Batman and Robin', but have you heard of 'Admiral Curt and Captain Zaid'?
CLICK HERE (To view the WizIQ recorded version)
CLICK HERE (To to download the slides)
Extremely important links shared during the webinar:
- Extreme Learning
Extreme learning blends physical and digital environments, concentrating on activities that enlist technology in uncommon or unique ways. Extreme learning also includes more sedate and passive forms of learning including watching an online video in TED, LinkTV, CurrentTV, or YouTube. Through extreme learning Web resources, those stuck behind prison walls, injured and in a hospital bed, or unemployed and unable to pay for college tuition can learn to be more productive members of society.
- V-PORTAL (Video Primers in an Online Repository for e-Teaching & Learning)
A video series (YouTube version for quicker access) addressing the design and best practices of Distance Education courses. The videos are about 10 minutes long (27 of them!) and each topic is accompanied by a list of useful resources and downloadable handout slides (PDF format).
- Archived Talks
An endless collection of learning resources and stories (Keynotes only). Check these 3 presentations first:- Active Learning with Technology: Myths, Magic, and Mucho Motivation
- The Rise of Shared Online Video: The Fall of Traditional Learning
- 100+ Hyper-Engaging Lecture Ideas for Any Class Size
- Ed Tech Resources and Portals
If you are looking for juicy learning resources, go no further :)
- Dr. Bonk's Videostreamed Talks and Podcasts
Discover his learning adventures and stories... WOW!
His learning (journal) blog.
Curt Bonk's 2-hour webinar exploring the latest innovations in (extreme) learning around the world can be summed up in one word: UNMISSABLE!