On Friday, September 25, WKU’s Office of Distance Learning welcomed Dr. Curtis Bonk to campus for a half-day faculty workshop on blended learning.
With nearly 50 faculty in attendance, Bonk presented three lively sessions on blended learning that covered myths and models of blended learning, the TEC-VARIETY model for increasing student engagement and motivation in blended and online learning, and the R2D2 model that addressed the changing roles of faculty and how to engage students by using a variety of innovative methods and tools. Faculty were encouraged to consider the possible application of each tool or idea in their own face to face, blended, or online classes.
As part of his visit, Bonk gifted several faculty with copies of several of his books, including his newest, MOOCs and Open Education (2015). He also donated copies of The Handbook of Blended Learning (2005) and Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014) to Distance Learning.
Dr. Bonk is a Professor of Instructional Systems Technology and adjunct in the School of Informatics at Indiana University. He received both his master’s and doctorate in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Bonk has authored more than 300 articles and books on e-learning and has given more than 1,500 talks on many topics related to learning technologies and human learning.