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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 at Indiana University (IU) teaching psychology and technology courses 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. From 2012 to 2015, Bonk has been annually 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 August 2014, he was named the recipient of the Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education at the 30th annual Wisconsin Distance Teaching and Learning Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, while a few months later, he received an award for Outstanding Contribution to Education from the Global Learn Tech Conference in Mumbai, India. A well-known authority on emerging technologies for learning, Curt has given over 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 recent book, Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online (2014), is freely available to download as an eBook at in Chinese as well as English. And his latest book with Routledge, MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, as well as a special issue of the International Journal on E-Learning on the same topic both came out in July 2015. All of his recent keynote talks and myriad Web resources are posted at and (see See homepage:; and email:
Elaine Khoo is a research fellow at the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Education (WMIER) based in the Faculty of Education at The University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand. Her master’s in psychology with an emphasis in cognitive science is from Vanderbilt University and her doctorate is in education from the University of Waikato. Elaine’s research interests include teaching and learning in environments supported by information and communication technology (ICT). She is also interested in online learning settings with a particular concern for how to build and sustain online learning communities as well as participatory learning cultures and collaborative research contexts. One of her key aspirations in life is encouraging teachers and learners to see the potential of different ICTs and how they can realistically adopt them to transform their teaching and learning practices. Elaine has been involved with a number of externally funded research projects associated with online learning, Web 2.0 tools, and ICTs in K–12 as well as higher education classrooms. She has recently completed two projects investigating networked science inquiry in secondary classrooms and exploring the educational affordances of iPads among preschoolers. At present, Dr. Khoo is currently heading a newly funded project examining the notion of software literacy, including how it develops and affects university teaching and learning as well as overall student experiences. She can be contacted at or via her homepage at

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