Abstract: Look left, look right, look back, and then look dead-on straight ahead...what do you see? Of course, the air is filled with e-learning opportunities as well as talk of educational transformation. So much news. So much progress. The world of technology-enhanced learning is looking up, up, up. But wait a minute. Far too many in higher education 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. This is helpful but it is no time to be content and just let the "inevitable" future unfold in front of our eyes. No! At some point, we need to enter deeper waters and push toward the edges of what is possible while teeter-tottering on the brink of transformation. Pushing further still are those who venture to 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 and outside experts enter the learning situation at a moment’s notice to apprentice and guide learners. 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. In which world would you like to 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. 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 authored several widely used technology books, including The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators.