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.
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.
Postscript: An Open Letter to the Learners of This Planet.
- 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).