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Projecting the Future of the Cyber University and the New Roles of Instructors. Curt Bonk, Indiana University (and CourseShare.com) [email protected] http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk. Timeout!!! What do you do with technology in Korea today? What about 10 years ago???.
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Curt Bonk, Indiana University
What about 10 years ago???
“Lack of admin vision.”
“Lack of incentive from admin and the fact that they do not understand the time needed.”
“Lack of system support.”
“Little recognition that this is valuable.”
“Rapacious U intellectual property policy.”
“Unclear univ. policies concerning int property.”
“Difficulty in performing lab experiments online.”
“Lack of appropriate models for pedagogy.”
“More ideas than time to implement.”
“Not enough time to correct online assign.”
“People need sleep; Web spins forever.”Problems Faced
(8 weeks: Technology, design, learning, moderating, assessment, course development,
Jeffrey R. Young, March 1, 2001, The Chronicle of Higher Ed
Jeffrey R. Young, The Chronicle of Higher Ed (reporting on the new Knowledge Media Lab, created by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching)
Twelve forms of electronic learning mentoring and assistance(Bonk & Kim, 1998; Tharp, 1993; Bonk et al., 2001)
“…innate propensity to engage one’s interests and exercise one’s capabilities, and, in doing so, to seek out and master optimal challenges
(i.e., it emerges from needs, inner strivings, and personal curiosity for growth)
See: Deci, E. L., & Ryan, R. M. (1985). Intrinsic motivation and self-determination in human behavior. NY: Plenum Press.
“…is motivation that arises from external contingencies.” (i.e., students who act to get high grades, win a trophy, comply with a deadline—means-to-an-end motivation)
See Johnmarshall Reeve (1996). Motivating Others: Nurturing inner motivational resources. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
1. Eight Nouns Activity:
1. Introduce self using 8 nouns
2. Explain why choose each noun
3. Comment on 1-2 peer postings
2. Coffee House Expectations
1. Have everyone post 2-3 course expectations
2. Instructor summarizes and comments on how they might be met
(or make public commitments of how they will fit into busy schedules!)
1. Require minimum # of peer comments and give guidance (e.g., they should do…)
2. Peer Feedback Through Templates—give templates to complete peer evaluations.
3. Have e-papers contest(s)
(David Brown, Syllabus, January 2002, p. 23)
1. Ask students to vote on issue before class (anonymously or send directly to the instructor)
2. Instructor pulls out minority pt of view
3. Discuss with majority pt of view
4. Repoll students after class
(Note: Delphi or Timed Disclosure Technique: anomymous input till a due date
and then post results and
reconsider until consensus
Rick Kulp, IBM, 1999)
Alternative: Pool field interviews
(Note: method akin to storytelling)
(Alternatives: Email Interviews with experts
Assignments with expert reviews)
A. Role Play Personalities
B. Assume Persona of Scholar
In effect, critical friends do not slide over weaknesses, but confront them kindly and directly.
(e.g., Team or Class White Paper, Bus Plan, Study Guide, Glossary, Journal, Model Exam Answers)
1. Tone/Climate: Ice Breakers, Peer Sharing
2. Feedback: Self-Tests, Reading Reactions
3. Engagement: Q’ing, Polling, Voting
4. Meaningfulness: Job/Field Reflections, Cases
5. Choice: Topical Discussions, Starter-Wrapper
6. Variety: Brainstorming, Roundrobins
7. Curiosity: Seances, Electronic Guests/Mentors
8. Tension: Role Play, Debates, Controversy
9. Interactive: E-Pals, Symposia, Expert Panels
10. Goal Driven: Group PS, Jigsaw, Gallery Tours
Pick One…??? (circle one)
Douglas Rowlett has turned his English-department office into a virtual radio station that broadcasts continuously on the Internet, offering a mix of poetry readings, lectures, and popular music. He plans to deliver entire courses over the Internet radio station.
Jeffrey R. Young (Jan 8., 2001). Chronicle of Higher Ed.
Michael J. Saylor’s plans to create an online university that would offer free education all over the world appear to have been put on hold, at least temporarily. Mr. Saylor, the software magnate, has been occupied for the past few months with financial difficulties at his company, MicroStrategy, Inc.
(Sarah Carr, June 22, 2000, Chronicle of Higher Ed)
Santa Clara University has fired an adjunct instructor who sold his students thousands of dollars worth of stock in an online-education venture that appears to never have gotten off the ground.
Sarah Carr, The Chronicle of Higher Ed.
Sarah Carr, (Dec 15, 2000, A47), A Day in the Life of a New Type of Professor, The Chronicle of Higher Education
I. Core Faculty Offers Distance Ed
(Univ of Phoenix, Athabasca Univ)
II. Core Faculty Devel Lrng Opportunities
(Athena University, Cenquest)
III. No Core Faculty: Manage Learning Oppor
(Jones/E-education, WebCT, VU, West Gov)
IV. Virtual Learning Indexes
(Globewide Network Academy, World Lecture Hall)
Source: Strategic Choices for the Academy: How the Demand for Lifelong Learning Will Re-Create Higher Education. By D. J. Rowly, H. D. Lujan, & M. G. Dolence, Jossey-Bass Publishers, March, 1998.