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Dr. Curt Bonk, an authority on emerging technologies for learning, will make several free presentations at East Central College in Union on Thursday, September 12. 


Bonk’s first session at noon will focus on technologies for student success.  Afternoon sessions at 2 and 4 o’clock are geared to educators and education students.  The topic at 2 p.m. will be stretching the edges of technology for enhanced teaching.  At the 4 p.m. session Bonk will cover hyper-engaging instructional strategies for any class size.      


The day will conclude with a presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the John Edson Anglin Performing Arts Center.  Bonk will discuss web technology and education.


Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA.  He became bored with that world after five years and resumed his education, receiving his master's and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin.  He is now professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University and president of CourseShare.  


Drawing on his background in business and as an educational psychologist and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology and technology.  A well-known authority on technologies for education, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan


He has written nearly 300 articles and books on topics such as online learning, massive multiplayer online gaming, wikis, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and the future of online and blended learning. His books include The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education; Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing; The Handbook of Blended Learning and Electronic Collaborators.  Bonk founded SurveyShare in 2003 which he sold in 2010.    


Bonk has presented more than 1,200 talks and workshops around the globe on emerging technologies, blended learning, online motivation, e-learning pedagogy, and future technology trends to K-12, higher education, corporate, government and military audiences.


He received awards from the Indiana Information Technology Association, U.S. Distance Learning Association and State of Indiana. In early 2012 and 2013, Bonk was listed in Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education. He was also selected as one of 24 presenters for a special National Science Foundation cyber learning research summit on transforming education held at National Geographic in Washington, DC.


Bonk’s visit is underwritten by the ECC Patrons of the Arts program. For more information call 636-584-6139 or email: .

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