Curt Bonk: 12 Bio Options

Last Update: March 29, 2014

 

1. Curt Bonk Bio: 3 words (the “cut to the chase bio”)

He does stuff.

Dr. Bonk does stuff. Dr. Bonk does awesome stuff.

 

2a. Curt Bonk Bio: 5 words (the “more explanatory bio”)

He does lots of stuff!

2b. Curt Bonk Bio: 5 words (the “alternative bio with pics”)
Dr. Bonk is a slug.

Dr. Bonk is a slug.Dr. Bonk is a slug.Dr. Bonk is a slug.

 

 

3. Curt Bonk Bio: 20 words (the “nickname bio with pic”)
Curt connects people and things. In February 2011, Professor Rich Schwier at the University of Saskatchewan nicknamed Curt "The Node."

 

Dr. Bonk is The Node.

 

 

4. Curt Bonk Bio: 27 word…the “140 character Twitter-like bio” (follow him at “TravelinEdMan” in Twitter and his blog)

Curt Bonk is a former CPA with a doctorate in ed psych from the U of Wisconsin. His interests are global ed, new tech, & extreme learning.

Follow Dr. Bonk on Twitter.Follow Dr. Bonk on Twitter.Follow Dr. Bonk on Twitter.

 

5. Curt Bonk Bio: 55 word (the “requisite compact bio”)

Curt Bonk is a former accountant and CPA who received his master's and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Dr. Bonk is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and adjunct in the School of Informatics. Curt is President of CourseShare; see http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/). He can be contacted at cjbonk@indiana.edu.

Dr. Bonk is Futuristic.Dr. Bonk is Futuristic.Dr. Bonk is Futuristic.

 

6. Curt Bonk Bio: 100 words (the “standard 100 word bio”)

Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World Is Open, Empowering Online Learning, The Handbook of Blended Learning, Electronic Collaborators, and, most recently, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY which is free as an eBook (http://tec-variety.com/).

 

7. Curt Bonk Bio: 200 words () (the Bonk recommended “all purpose bio”)

Curt Bonk is Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and President of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana, and, in 2014, the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored several widely used technology books, including The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators (1998). His latest book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available at http://tec-variety.com/. See Bonk’s homepage for his archived talks and Web resources at: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/. Curt can be contacted at: cjbonk@indiana.edu or curt@worldisopen.com.

 

8. Curt Bonk Bio: 300 words () (the “hey this has everything in it bio”)

Curt Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA who, after becoming sufficiently bored with such work, received his master’s and PhD degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. Curt Bonk is now professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and president of CourseShare. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. He has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the US Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. In 2003, Curt founded SurveyShare, which he sold in 2010. In early 2012, 2013, and 2014, Bonk was named by Education Next and listed in Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education from more than 20,000 university-based academics. In 2014, he also was named the recipient of the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on his speaking experiences around the world in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has authored over 300 publications, including several widely used technology books, including The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), The Handbook of Blended Learning (2006), and Electronic Collaborators (1998). His latest book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at http://tec-variety.com/. All of his talks and resources are posted at CourseShare.com and TrainingShare.com (see http://www.trainingshare.com/workshop.php). He can be contacted at cjbonk@indiana.edu or curt@worldisopen.com, or via his homepage at http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/.

 

9. Curt Bonk Bio: 400 words (the Combo bio: newest...a good one to select)

After five uninspiring years as a corporate controller and CPA, Curt Bonk received his master’s and PhD degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University (IU) and adjunct in the School of Informatics. Curt is also a founding member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) at IU which opened in the late 1990s. Drawing on his background as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. Curt has received the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. In 2003, Curt founded SurveyShare, which he sold in 2010. More recently, he was selected as one of 24 presenters for a special NSF Cyberlearning Research Summit on “Transforming Education” held at National Geographic in Washington, DC. In early 2012, 2013, and 2014, Bonk was listed by Education Next and Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education from more than 20,000 university-based academics. In 2014, he also was named the recipient of the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Curt has given nearly 1,400 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning. In addition, he has over 300 publications on topics such as online and blended learning, massive open online courses (MOOCs), massive multiplayer online gaming, wikibooks, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing. Curt taught a MOOC on online teaching in the spring of 2012 to nearly 4,000 people that was hosted by Blackboard in CourseSites. Curt Bonk is author of the Handbook of Blended Learning: Global Perspectives, Local Designs (2006) as well as Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), and The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009). His latest book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at http://tec-variety.com/. All of his recent keynote talks and myriad Web resources are posted at CourseShare.com and TrainingShare.com (see http://www.trainingshare.com/workshop.php). See homepage: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/; and email: cjbonk@indiana.edu.

 

10. Curt Bonk Bio: 500 words (with links) (the “fun, tongue in cheek bio”)

Curt Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA (basically, a life as a trained monkey), who, after becoming sufficiently bored with that and attending too many accounting functions with his tie around his head, received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. So an ed psycho he became from 1989 to roughly 5 years ago. Now this former accountant and former educational psychologist is an instructional technologist attempting to move into his fourth career as a professional writer and speaker. When they can locate him, Curt Bonk is Professor in some department involving technology at Indiana University. He founded CourseShare in the late 1990s so he can share free stuff with his friends (everyone likes free stuff) and place his family in near bankruptcy. Ditto SurveyShare which he founded in 2003 and sold in 2010 for roughly one-tenth of what he invested in it. He frequently wishes he had invested in real estate in Seoul, Singapore, San Diego, and Seattle instead. Drawing on the few days he has spent actually working as a corporate controller, CPA, educational psychologist, and instructional technologist, Bonk offers unique insights and myriad predictions not likely to come true related to the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology. Various committees over the years have felt sorry for the lack of direction in his life and have given him the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. Using what criteria no one can be sure. As someone who has repeatedly fooled the world that he is an authority on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk reflects on all that he does not know as well as his keynote attempts around the world (i.e., which too often involve plane rides from hell) in his popular blog, TravelinEdMan. He has coauthored several technology books with people he has befriended in federal penitentiaries that each have sold more than 2 dozen copies (mostly to prison inmates who barter bars of dark chocolate with him), including The World Is Open (or is it closed? A whopping 152 copies sold, of which Curt has bought more than half to give away at his speaking engagements), Empowering Online Learning (Around 97.5 copies sold; not sure who got the half copy), The Handbook of Blended Learning (Some 38 copies sold—though Curt has met 40 people who claim to have bought it at Menards as a hip door stop), and Electronic Collaborators (1998—25 copies sold or roughly 2 copies per year; made the bestseller list for 3 short seconds on December 31, 1999 when people thought the world was likely to end and were really partying like it was 1999. So frustrated, Bonk is giving away his latest book, “Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online” as a free eBook (for more information, see http://tec-variety.com/).

tongue in cheek chairstongue in cheek chairs

 

11. Curt Bonk Bio: 800 words (the “stupidly too long, why not write a book bio”)

Curt Bonk first entered the business world in his late teens as a production control coordinator in manufacturing plants in Milwaukee. By his early twenties, after obtaining an accounting degree from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, Bonk was a CPA and corporate controller in the computer technology and medical supply industries. After becoming sufficiently bored with life as an accountant, he took correspondence and television courses with Dr. Robert Clasen at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Extension and Outreach Department. He received his Ph.D. degree in educational psychology from the UW in 1989. During graduate school, Dr. Clasen further opened Bonk’s learning world and passion for distance learning by offering him a job to help create television-based educational programming on critical thinking.

 

After graduating from the UW, Bonk served on the faculty of West Virginia University from 1989 to 1992. He arrived at Indiana University (IU) in August 1992 just as it was opening a fabulous building created to demonstrate new technologies in education. Bonk has been experimenting with emerging technologies in that building since that time, first as Professor of Educational Psychology and later in the field of educational technology. In the late 1990s, he was a founding member of the Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT) at IU. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and also an adjunct professor in the IU School of Informatics, an affiliate member of the IU Cognitive Science Program, and Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan in Wales.

 

Bonk has been a Senior Research Fellow with both the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) Lab within the Department of Defense as well as the Army Research Institute. He is the recipient of numerous teaching and mentoring awards from IU, including the Burton Gorman Teaching Award and the Wilbert Hites Mentoring award. In 2002, he was awarded the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association and in the following year was given the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association, as well as the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana. More recently, Bonk received an alumni achievement award from the University of Wisconsin. In November 2008, Bonk was program chair for the international E-learn 2008 Conference from the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). From 2008 to 2011, Curt helped AACE develop a new online conference related to technology and learning as well as a live conference in Asia and the Pacific Rim, “Global Learn: Global Conference on Learning and Technology.” In early 2012, 2013, and 2014, Bonk was listed by Education Next and Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education from more than 20,000 university-based academics. Additionally, he was selected as one of 24 presenters for a special NSF Cyberlearning Research Summit on “Transforming Education” held at National Geographic in Washington, DC in January 2012. In 2014, he also was named the recipient of the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education.

 

Bonk has presented nearly 1,400 talks and workshops around the globe on emerging technologies, blended learning, online motivation, e-learning pedagogy, and future technology trends, to K-12, higher education, corporate, government, military, and other audiences. Organizations that have sought Curt for such consulting include Intel, Sun, Cisco, Microsoft, Samsung, LG, McGraw-Hill, Harvard, Oxford, Trinity College, Manchester Business School, Dubai Women’s College, Maricopa Community Colleges, the University of Texas Medical School, the National Security Agency, and the eLearning Guild. Among the places he has presented are China, Thailand, the Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, Iceland, and Saudi Arabia. Bonk’s TravelinEdMan blog (see http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/) provides detailed accounts of what he has witnessed in these journeys, including how some organizations and institutions are leveraging the power of online networks and emerging technologies for e-learning to bolster their competitive advantage, improve people’s lives, and open up the world of learning for millions of people around the world.

 

Bonk has written nearly 300 articles and books on topics such as online learning, massive multiplayer online gaming, wikis, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing, and the future of online and blended learning. His books include, Electronic Collaborators (1998), The Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs (2006), Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing (2008), and The World Is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education (2009). His latest book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available online (http://tec-variety.com/) and available in paper from Amazon CreateSpace. In 2003, Curt founded SurveyShare, which he sold in 2010 and has been President of CourseShare since 1999 (see http://www.courseshare.com/). See homepage: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/; and email: cjbonk@indiana.edu.

Dr. Bonk keeps it simple.Dr. Bonk is with stupid.

 

 

Additional Linkages

Personal Homepage: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/

World Is Open book: http://worldisopen.com/ 

TravelinEdMan Blog: http://travelinedman.blogspot.com/ 

TravelinEdMan YouTube 27 videos for teaching online: http://www.youtube.com/user/TravelinEdMan

CourseShare, LLC: http://www.trainingshare.com/

Speaking testimonials: http://www.trainingshare.com/reviews.php

Bonk Speaking News: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/news.html 

Some sample STARLINK speaking videos: http://www.trainingshare.com/starlink4.html

Videostreamed talks: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/streamed.html