Tuesday, July 15, 2008

R2D2 - Empowering Online Learning

Any day now my copy of Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing will arrive in the mail. I can't wait! This new book by Curt Bonk and Ke Zhang has been selected for the next discussion in the SCoPE Professional Reading Group series.

I first met Curt Bonk during his visit to Simon Fraser University in the mid-90s. He was invited to share his work with researchers in the TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence project and left us with heaps of resources and ideas to use in our own work. Later he facilitated seminar discussion at the Global Educators' Network and we have stayed in touch around conferences and online community events. Over the years I have continued to read his articles, sometimes getting sneak previews, and to visit and refer others to his Indiana University website where I always find little gems to use in my own teaching. Curt is knowledgeable, practical, entertaining, enthusiastic, and also generous -- he has offered the use of SurveyShare (one of his companies) for online community research.

So it's a real treat to have Curt back to facilitate an online seminar, and to meet the R2D2 co-author Ke Zhang. SCoPE seminars are free and open to the public, and the authors are offering some resources for those who are unable to purchase the book. Be sure to join the discussion July 21 - August 3! Access the seminar directly.

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