With Technology Conference Keynote
The Perfect Storm: Emerging Technology, Enormous Learner Demands, Enhanced Pedagogy, and Erased Budgets
Curtis Bonk, PhD
Professor of Educational Psycholoogy and Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University
Technologies— such as electronic portfolios, computer games and
simulations, digital books, and wireless and mobile computing— are
generating waves of new opportunities in higher education. However, the
effective use of teaching technology involves far more than simply
shoveling classroom content onto a web site. Instructors must be
trained how to motivate online students and address their individual
learning styles and needs. As enrollments in online courses surge,
today's students— immersed in an increasingly digital world— are
seeking richer and more engaging learning experiences.
the rising tide of expectations, instructors are exploring innovative
ways to use technology to foster interaction, collaboration, and
excitement for learning. While we may not realize it, we have entered
the perfect electrical storm, where technology, the art of teaching,
and the needs of learners are converging. Now add to that a fourth
storm, erased budgets, that stands in the way of expensive technology
purchases and risky program initiatives surrounding the other three
storms. Given these monetary constraints, we need to think carefully
about the speed and direction in which we are headed, before venturing
farther into these uncharted waters.
Bonk is also a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed
Learning Lab within the U.S Department of Defense and a founding member
of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology at Indiana
He has received numerous teaching and
mentoring awards from IU as well as 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.
Dr. Bonk has more than 100
publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive
multiplayer online gaming, collaborative technologies, synchronous and
asynchronous computer conferencing, and frameworks for Web-based
instruction and evaluation. Currently, he is working on the "Handbook
of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs,"
to be published by Pfeiffer Publishing in early 2005.
Curtis Bonk personal home page.