Whether you are a scientist on a ship in Antarctic waters or a young girl in a Philippine village, you can learn whenever and whatever you want from whomever you are interested in learning it from.
As technologies have become more available, even in the most remote reaches of the world, and as more people contribute a wealth of online resources, the education world has become open to anyone anywhere. In The World Is Open, education technology guru Curtis Bonk explores ten key trends that together make up the “WE–ALL–LEARN” framework for understanding the potential of technology′s impact on learning in the 21st century:
Web Searching in the World of e–Books
E–Learning and Blended Learning
Availability of Open Source and Free Software
Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare
Learning Object Repositories and Portals
Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
Alternate Reality Learning
Real–Time Mobility and Portability
Networks of Personalized Learning
In addition, this important resource contains compelling interviews that capture the diverse global nature of the open educational world from those who are creating new learning technologies as well as those who are using them to learn and teach in new ways. Using the dynamic “WE–ALL–LEARN” model, learners, educators, executives, administrators, instructors, and parents can tap into the power of Web technology and unleash a world of information.
“A hefty tome that nevertheless provides valuable, wide–ranging examples of the changes taking place in education worldwide.” (School Library Journal, February 2010)
“Technology is changing higher education in more ways than can be counted. Distance education has become common. Curtis J. Bonk, a professor of instructional systems technology at Indiana University, surveys this landscape in The World Is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education (Jossey–Bass).” (Inside Higher Ed, August 25, 2009)