Instructional systems technology professor Curt Bonk at Signal Hill in St. John's, Newfoundland, the spot where Guglielmo Marconi received the first wireless message from England. Bonk says that was the first instance of technology opening the world.
CourseSites, a site operated by educational software company Blackboard, is unveiling what it calls its "Open Course Series" by having Bonk lead a session titled "Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success" on May 2, with four other sessions at 4 p.m. EDT each Wednesday through May 30. Free online registration is now open for the "massive open online course," or MOOC. Before registration opened, nearly a thousand people had already indicated interest in the course.
The project is a natural for Bonk, who wrote a recent book titled "The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education," published by Jossey-Bass/Wiley. [snip].
Bonk said Blackboard expects thousands of online instructors from around the globe to register for the course based on the early response. He said the course will be set up to show potential ways of teaching while also answering questions participants might have about their own online experiences.
The MOOC phenomenon is something Bonk is familiar with not just because of his research interests, but because of his teaching. Bonk was a panel participant in a session last summer in a course presented by the University of Illinois at Springfield that had 2,700 students across the world. But he noted that some MOOCs have attracted many more thousands.
Such happenings provide further evidence of the open learning environment Bonk writes about in "The World Is Open." That work was inspired by the best-selling work of New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, "The World Is Flat," which listed 10 "flatteners" leading to economic globalization. Bonk similarly laid out a list of 10 "openers" to the availability of education across the Web. Now his own work will contribute further to that openness.
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