Sunday, January 17, 2010

EdTechTalk Presentation: A Discussion with Curt Bonk

EdTech Talk Presentation #83:
A Discussion with Curtis Bonk, author of "The World Is Open"
Broadcast date: September 21, 2009

To compliment this course’s required reading, I listened to a broadcast that featured Curt Bonk, author of “The World is Open”. I thought such a discussion might provide valuable feedback from other readers, just as a book club discussion might. As Professor Chamberlain was an active participant in this broadcast, I also thought it would be interesting to hear his contribution to the panel and his questions for Dr. Bonk.

Using this blog post as a teacher would intend, as an educational tool for sharing acquired information, here is a brief summary of what I felt were the 3 most interesting and useful “take aways” from this EdTech Talk presentation:

• Check this out: Curt Bonk’s “CliffsNotes” version of “The World Is Open” Hahaha. Actually, this could serve as a handy, quick reference guide for each of us long after we’ve completed this course.

• A participant asked Curt Bonk what his thoughts were on free online content versus formal education materials that cost money such as enrollment in a course, or a course textbook. Bonk said he is an obvious proponent of free online content and spoke of harnessing its power in ways that generate the greatest “payoff” such as making high school and community college courses and the corresponding diplomas/certifications available online for free. In other words, targeting the population who has the least accessibility or means of affording such content. Check this out: and

• Professor Chamberlain asked Curt Bonk which countries were most actively and aggressively responding to the "World Is Open" movement. Bonk mentioned that MIT spearheaded the movement by being the first university to put course content online for free access. Interestingly, he mentioned Vietnam has made great strides in technology integration in education, followed by Iran, India and China. He also noted that the countries that have implemented national policies on E-learning such as Korea, Singapore and the UK, are the most influential leaders in the “World Is Open” movement.

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