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I highly recommend everyone (instructors and EdTech folks alike) to join the rather active and engaging MOOC run by Curt Bonk, from Indiana University. The course materials and resources are excellent, and the presentation and information exchange is simply fantastic. The more I get into the course, the more I want to stay in the course to learn and collaborate. About 1,200 teachers and edTech people are already in. Also, because the platform they are using is Blackboard CourseSites, you can connect and stay engaged using Blackboard Mobile Learn apps on iPad, Android and other mobile devices. Give #Bonkopen a try. Greetings from Chicago, Ed Garay Assistant Director for Academic Computing Director, UIC Instructional Technology Lab University of Illinois at Chicago ** Ubiquitously social... ********** Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at


In contrast to the enthusiastic promotion below, I found the course environment to be a frightening and disorienting experience in online learning. I hated it, and quit the course almost immediately. Just thinking about the course and the possibility that this is a direction our field may be headed, makes me depressed. There are several external blogs with rich discussions and critique of the course, including feedback from Bonk himself and a representative of the CourseSite team. (Much criticism centered around Bonk being a "shill" for Bb, which he responds to). Here is one of those blogs, with links to others within it: I included an elaborate critique of the environment in the blog above, so I won't expend time here to repeat it. I was very disappointed in the vision for this project - not so much in the idea of it. I am not anti-MOOC, but I feel there were a number of assumptions made in its design that discount certain critical aspects of human social experience. I feel an uninitiated student would drown in this environment, and I would never subject my children to it (who knows - maybe they'd thrive??). This course, to its positive value, was the topic of long discussions in our department. - Steve -- Steve Covello Rich Media Specialist Granite State College 8 Old Suncook Road Concord, NH 03301 603-513-1346 Skype: steve.granitestate Scheduling: