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The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education

ISBN: 978-0-470-46130-3
480 pages
July 2009, Jossey-Bass
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Discover the dramatic changes that are affecting all learners

Web-based technology has opened up education around the world to the point where anyone can learn anything from anyone else at any time. To help educators and others understand what's possible, Curt Bonk employs his groundbreaking "WE-ALL-LEARN" model to outline ten key technology and learning trends, demonstrating how technology has transformed educational opportunities for learners of every age in every corner of the globe. The book is filled with inspiring stories of ordinary learners as well as interviews with technology and education leaders that reveal the power of this new way of learning.

  • Captures the global nature of open education from those who are creating and using new learning technologies
  • Includes a new Preface and Postscript with the latest updates
  • A free companion web site provides additional stories and information

Using the dynamic "WE-ALL-LEARN" model, learners, educators, executives, administrators, instructors, and parents can discover how to tap into the power of Web technology and unleash a world of information.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the Open Learning World.

1 We All Learn.

2 To Search and to Scan.

Opener #1: Web Searching in the World of E-Books.

3 E-Demand Around the Globe.

Opener #2: E-Learning and Blended Learning.

4 It's a Free Software World After All.

Opener #3: Availability of Open Source and Free Software.

5 MIT in Every Home.

Opener #4: Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare.

6 Portals for the People.

Opener #5: Learning Object Repositories and Portals.

7 Making a Contribution.

Opener #6: Learner Participation in Open Information Communities.

8 Collaborate or Die!

Opener #7: Electronic Collaboration and Interaction.

9 Who Are You?

Opener #8: Alternative Reality Learning.

10 U-Learning?

Opener #9: Real-Time Mobility and Portability.

11 Learning at Your Service.

Opener #10: Networks of Personalized Learning.

12 The Treasures and Traps of This Open Learning World.


The Author.



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Author Information

Curtis J. Bonk, Ph.D., is professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University. 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 written many articles and coauthored several widely used books, including Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, and Electronic Collaborators. He is also president and founder of SurveyShare and CourseShare.
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The Wiley Advantage

  • Active and authoritative author.  Curt Bonk, described by Business Wire as an "e-learning guru," has a blog called TravelinEdMan and does about 100 presentations a year on e-learning to audiences from school teachers to Microsoft executives. He has a huge number of connections in the education and technology communities, including many of the people he interviewed for the book--like Tim Berners Lee, Mark Andreessen, and David Wiley of Educommons--and hs received glowing endorsements from a diverse array--from Gaston Caperton, president of The College Board to Scott McNealy, head of Sun Microsystems.
  • Hot topic.  21st -Century learning focuses on the use of technology to extend opportunties globally. 
  • Comprehensive and practical resource.   Extensive coverage of all of the trends with practical examples of where they are working best.
  • Additional free materials online.  Additional examples, resources, references, and questions for discussion on each trend covered are on the author's web site (worldisopen.com).
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"A hefty tome that nevertheless provides valuable, wide-ranging examples of the changes taking place in education worldwide." (School Library Journal, February 2010)

"Technology is changing higher education in more ways than can be counted. Distance education has become common. Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, surveys this landscape in The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (Jossey-Bass)." (Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2009)

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Professor Reviews

  • “In this epic effort Dr. Bonk takes the technologies, the concepts, the future and even the past of distance education and synthesizes it into a comprehensible landscape. He gives us a window from which we can see it all. Masterful!”-- Glenn R. Jones, Chancellor, Jones International University
  • Open software and open learning – those two concepts are rocking the world. Yes, the world. Bonk has brought together the key ideas underlying this wave of disruption in an engaging and provocative format. Read Bonk and be changed.”-- Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan, College of Engineering, School of Information and School of Education; Co-Founder of GoKnow, Inc.
  • “Curt Bonk has captured the essence of the wondrous digital empowerment practices and philosophies in today’s highly networked world. From his book, you will learn that educational technology entrepreneurship is a splendid kind of virus to be infected with.” --Paul Kim, Chief Technology Officer, Stanford University School of Education
  •  “We have an educational economy of information abundance confronting an educational delivery system that was built for a time of information scarcity. Bonk outlines a practical and comprehensive road map for navigating the explosion of open educational resources and how they can be used to prepare ourselves and our students for a life time of learning and discovery.”-- Lev Gonick, Vice President, Information Technology Services; Chief Information Officer, Case Western Reserve University 
  •  “The current economic crisis is punctuating the shift from an industrial to a global knowledge economy and society. Profound changes in learning are at the heart of this transformation as people and organizations can be plugged into a global, open platform of networked knowledge and intelligence. Read this extraordinary book to understand how.” --Don Tapscott, Chairman, nGenera Insight, Adjunct Professor, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  •  “Those who know Curt are used to insightful advice and predictions delivered in an innovative style. The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education does not disappoint! It is a chance to relive much of recent history of technology enhanced learning but then discover innovative ideas to take forward within a practical framework. All this is enhanced with stories and examples presented in a way that cannot fail to enthuse all those who read them to find their place in the new world of open learning.”--Nigel Banister, Chief Global Officer & CEO, MBS Worldwide, Manchester Business School
  • “Technology has historically been an appendage to education because it has not been integral to the mission of dispensing information. Dr. Bonk provides a glimpse into the future of learning, in which technology plays a central role by fostering an egalitarian knowledge frenzy where learning is open and unconstrained by classes and schedules. Bonk exploits Web 2.0 technology to make a quite compelling case.”--David Jonassen, Distinguished Professor, Educational Psychology and Learning Technologies, University of Missouri


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Education & Information Technology LibraryWatch a video of Dr. Curtis Bonk disucssing his book The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education
The World is OpenVisit Dr. Curtis Bonk's official Web site
TravelinEdManRead Dr. Curtis Bonk's blog for more information about his ongoing work.
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