An Afternoon With Curt Bonk

An Afternoon With Curt Bonk
Tuesday, June 29, 1:30 p.m.
Thompson Library, 1858 Neil Ave., Room 165

Curt Bonk is Professor 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. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan.

Bonk will be offering two free programs at the Thompson Library:

1:30 p.m.: Active Learning with Technology: Myths, Magic, and Mucho Motivation: Myths and debates abound about the benefits of technology integration in higher education; especially with the explosion of online course enrollments. Based on extensive research, Bonk will dispel the myths and reveal a few technology magic tricks to help instructors and course designers focus on effective teaching and learning with technology. Dr. Bonk will highlight instructional technologies and pedagogical strategies currently emerging to meet diverse student needs. Within several contexts such as face-to-face classrooms, e-learning and blended learning, he will illustrate effective applications of technology to address different student learning styles and motivation with his well known Read, Reflect, Display, and Do (R2D2) model. He will also provide dozens of active learning ideas and solutions that motivate students and creatively engage them in deeper learning experiences. Instead of relying on magic, these techniques will be based on ten motivational principles related to tone or climate, feedback, engagement, meaningfulness, choice, variety, curiosity, tension, interactivity and collaboration, and goal setting.

3:15 p.m.: “The World is Open: Introducing the Heroes, Gurus, and Revolutionaries of the Shared Internet”: In his “The World is Open” book, Bonk reviews ten technology trends he calls “educational openers” that form the basis of the WE-ALL-LEARN framework. There are thousands of people who have led the way for each one of these trends. These are the heroes, gurus, and revolutionaries of the shared Internet. In this talk, Bonk spotlights the ideas and interesting stories of a few of the heroes underlying each trend. These case anecdotes will help personalize and contextualize global technology events that are often too overwhelming and frustrating to keep track of. He also outlines some of the technology tools, resources, and services that are emerging with each opener to radically transform education. And he addresses questions about quality, openness, copyright, training, and so on that have arisen about the more free and open educational world. He also looks to the future and where this may eventually lead.

These programs are free and open to the public; reservations are not required.

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