I was able to meet with Dr. Curtis Bonk, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education author, last Thursday. I felt pretty good because we were going to be an hour early to our meeting. Of course, we were on Minnesota time and he was on Indiana time, so we were actually a half-hour late. Still, Dr. Bonk was very gracious and skipped a meeting to continue talking to me.
He also gave me the names of other resources and books to read to foster my understanding of online learning. Check out his website, www.worldisopen.com, and his blog, www.travelinedman.blogspot.com. Dr. Bonk is very enthusiastic about online learning and it shows.
This week, Dr. Bonk’s online class will be reading one of the articles Dr. Park already assigned us: Emerging Technologies: Teachers Speak Up. I was glad I had read the article so that I sounded somewhat credible when discussing its implications for education.
In fact, all the articles Dr. Park assigned to us prepared me for the interview with Dr. Bonk. The articles have also been connecting the dots for me regarding our IM 554 class. Set up the way it is, our class is building community and collaborating on getting our assignments done. Way to go, class!