Stretching the Edges of Technology-Enhanced Teaching: From Tinkering to Tottering to Totally Extreme Learning
Some insist. Some resist. Others persist. Such is the state of online learning today. However, what is highly resistible for some is often passionately irresistible for others. Many are content to tinker with blended forms of learning. They dip their toes into the technology change movement by embedding shared online videos, simulations, timelines, collaborative groups, and open access articles in their courses. Others enter deeper waters and push toward the edges of what is remotely possible. Their classes are teeter-tottering on the brink of transformation. Such instructors hand over the keys to their learners and let them test-drive. These risk-taking instructors might enjoy reading a learner-designed wikibook, listen to a student-generated podcast show, or watch the results of an international video competition. And there are those who find themselves at the extreme edges of this learning planet. They might tap into virtual explorers, artists, archeologists, and adventurers to excite their learners. It is in such courses that scientific discoveries appear live. In short, the spectrum of blended learning delivery is broad.
Professor Bonk explores with the audiences the world of the tinkerer, the totterer, and the totally extreme. He will showcase examples of the three worlds with the intention of challenging participants to stretch their edges of technology-enhanced teaching. He will also share two models and frameworks to connect these never-ending waves of novel learning technologies to engaging pedagogy and robust psychological principles. One model for addressing diverse learner needs and preferences, namely R2D2 (Read, Reflect, Display, and Do), will be highlighted first. After that, Bonk will end with his new TEC-VARIETY model for online student motivation and retention (i.e., Tone or climate, Encouragement or feedback, Curiosity, Variety, Autonomy, Relevance, Interactivity, Engagement, Tension, and Yielding products or goal setting). He has written a new book on the TEC-VARIETY framework which is free as an e-book at http://tec-variety.com/