F2F with Dr. Curt Bonk

One of my favorite people in the field of instructional technology is Dr. Curt Bonk. Many years ago, Curt conducted workshops for me through a county-wide professional development center for

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Dr. Curt Bonk

educators. Subsequently, we became friends and I have benefited greatly from that friendship. The connections to others, the knowledge he has shared, the challenge and encouragement given. Good stuff!

This summer, I again, get to benefit from this friendship and connection. Back in February, Dr. Bonk conducted two virtual presentations at my current institution. The focus was on online and blended learning. The response was overwhelmingly positive from faculty and staff, enough that Curt is conducting a day-long workshop onsite June 5th. Curt is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. With a diverse background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Curt offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. This fits well for our diverse audience for the workshop! Additionally, Curt is a well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, In his blog, Dr. Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world, TravelinEdMan. He has even authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators. A busy man!

Here is an overview of the 4 sessions planned for the June 5th workshop:

Masterclass Part 1: Hyper-Engaging Instructional Strategies for the Blended Learning Classroom: Critical, Creative, Collaborative
In this talk, Dr. Bonk provides dozens of ways to liven up your lectures and get your students involved and engaged in learning using online technology. And most of these ideas will work without technology. Attend this session and become hyper-engaged yourself! Soon you will be effectively blending your classroom learning and you will not even know it.

Masterclass Part 2: Are You Flipping Out or Flipping In?: The How’s, Why’s, and What’s of the Flipped Classroom Model
Budgets, technology development, media hype, free and open educational resources, and advances in learning theories have all accelerated the experimentation with the flipped classroom model. Yet, there is much confusion about what it means; many educators, in fact, are flipping out over all the changes and expectations. In this session, Curt Bonk will address these issues by reviewing some of the history leading to flipped classroom models of learning. In the end, instructors will begin to envision their own flipped classroom possibilities. Instead of flipping out, they will be flipping in.

Masterclass Part 3: The Rise of Shared Online Video, the Fall of Traditional Learning
Hundreds of technologies exist for improving teaching and learning. There is one technology today that offers unique and inexpensive ways to change education and training across all sectors; namely, shared online video. There are video explanations, demonstrations, scenarios, documentaries, and lectures. To cope with these fast-changing times, Curt Bonk will offer 10 ways to use shared online video from an instructor-centered point of view as well as 10 ideas from a student-centered perspective. Curt Bonk will also offer a series of tips and guidelines for effective use of shared online video in the classroom.

Masterclass Part 4: Engage, Number One: This is the Next Generation
With his now famous directive, “Engage, Number One,” Jean-Luc Picard reminded us in nearly every episode of Star Trek Next Generation of the need to engage. The problem is that engagement has not been the number one concern of educators; instead, the top concern is survival. This next generation of learners is different. Learners are too often bored with course resources and requirements. It is the age of “try it out” and make a contribution. Using his popular TEC-VARIETY and R2D2 models, Curt Bonk will detail dozens of ways to motivate and engage learners, while fostering critical and creative thinking in highly engaging, generative environments. When done, learning engagement will truly be Number One again.

To further solidify Curt’s networking ability, he shared information about a MOOC that Dr. Joe Zisk is teaching this summer on the Flipped Classroom through the California University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Zisk has given me the green light to share the free course info.


Using Technology To Improve Student Learning:
The Flipped Classroom
Strategies and Tips

A free or paid version online micro-course (3-week) for teachers
June 16 – July 7, 2014

In the flipped classroom, students can watch video lectures at home at their own pace.

In the classroom, concept engagement takes place in small groups under the teacher’s guidance and direction.

For more information about the micro-course see  http://teacheronline.us/mooc/microcourse-flyer.pdf
Please feel free to share this information with your colleagues.

To pre-register for the courses go to www.teacheronline.us/mooc .

California University of Pennsylvania has been ranked among the nation’s best online schools by www.guidetoonlineschools.com.

Blended Learning and Flipped Classrooms are growing in popularity as teaching strategies for both students and faculty. Take advantage of these and other opportunities to learn more!


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