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Blended Learning A to Z: Myths, Models, and Moments of Magic
Friday, March 9, 2018 - 10:00am to Friday, March 9, 2018 - 11:30am

There is both extensive confusion and much optimism about blended learning due to multiple blended learning definitions and approaches. To addresses these issues, in this talk, Curt Bonk will lay out several different models and definitions of blended learning. Using his own “Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs” as a backdrop, the session will detail many of the advantages as well as the various disadvantages of blended learning as related to the different models. Perhaps, most importantly, Dr. Bonk will offer two simple yet powerful frameworks that can be used to understand hundreds of Web-based pedagogical ideas that can motivate students to high success in blended learning environments. Bonk will provide these best practices in blended learning based on two decades of his research. Such ideas can creatively engage students into deeper and better learning. 

Note: Dr. Bonk will give away signed copies of his book, “Adding some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online” to those who ask questions before, during, or after his talk. Are you shy? Fear not, those who don’t get a copy, can download it from:


Curtis BonkAbout the Facilitator

Curt Bonk is a passionate and energetic speaker, writer, educational psychologist, instructional technologist, and entrepreneur as well as a former certified public accountant and corporate controller. From 2012 to 2018, he has been consistently listed by Education Week as a top contributor to the public debate about education from more than 20,000 university-based academics. He has received various university, state, national, and international recognitions for his distance education innovations in teaching as well as his online and blended learning research and service (most recently, the Online Learning Journal Outstanding Research Achievement Award in Online Education from Online Learning Consortium in Orlando in November 2017). Dr. Bonk has spoken in dozens of countries around the world while giving more than 1,600 talks and published more than 300 articles. In addition, he has authored or edited 10 books exploring global and societal aspects of emerging learning technologies including “The World Is Open” and “MOOCs and Open Education Around the World.” Curt firmly believes in sharing his ideas, talks, and publications as witnessed by his 27 free video primers on how to teach online in the V-PORTAL (i.e., “Video Primers in an Online Portal of eTeaching And Learning”), dozens of his articles being published in open access journals as listed in, hundreds of his of keynote talks, workshops, and other presentations available in, and his highly popular open access book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online, which has been freely downloaded nearly 100,000 times since it was published in May 2014. You can receive updates to his work by subscribing to his TravelinEdMan blog. Curt’s homepage at Indiana University where he is a Professor of Instructional Systems Technology is: He can be contacted at or