The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, a new book from Jossey Bass, offers one of the most comprehensive overviews I have seen to date of how open education and Web 2.0 technologies are transforming our world. Recently I had the opportunity to talk with the book’s author, Curtis Bonk, and capture some his insights about how things have changed and what the long term on impact on humanity is likely to be.
This interview is a bit longer than earlier podcasts (around 30 minutes), but it is well worth the time. Here’s the MP3 file link (29:47) in case you do not see the audio player below (or click through to the original blog post).[audio:http://media.libsyn.com/media/m2l/Open-World-Bonk.mp3]
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Note also that in the podcast we refer to a set “openers” defined in the book – the 10 major shifts that have opened up the world of education. In the book, Curt organizes these into a framework – WE-ALL-LEARN – that serves as a mnemonic device for remembering the openers. The ten openers are below. I also encourage you to visit the Web site for the book, worldisopen.com to learn more about the openers and to access other resources – including a free eBook coming soon.
Ten Openers: (WE-ALL-LEARN)
1. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
2. E-Learning and Blended Learning
3. Availability of Open Source and Free Software
4. Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare
5. Learning Object Repositories and Portals
6. Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
7. Electronic Collaboration
8. Alternate Reality Learning
9. Real-Time Mobility and Portability
10. Networks of Personalized Learning
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