Praise for The World Is Open
"In this epic effort, Dr. Bonk takes the technologies, the concepts, the future and even the past of distance education and synthesizes it into a comprehensible landscape. He gives us a window from which we can see it all. Masterful!" Glenn R. Jones, chancellor, Jones International University
"Network technology has proven to be a great social leveler and on-ramp to learning for all of the world's citizens. As technology continues to mature, the opportunity for students and educators to harness it to collaborate, learn, and educate will grow exponentially as well. This book captures the true potential of technology and open and shared content to eliminate the educational divide. For this reason, The World Is Open is required reading for all participants in the world's ongoing, technology-led education revolution." Scott McNealy, chairman and co-founder, Sun Microsystems and founder, Curriki.org
"Curtis Bonk has been a landmark in Internet-based education for many years. He is a genuine character with apparently boundless energy and infinite connective capacityhe seems to know practically everyone in the field! In this new book, he draws on these connections to synthesize a staggering range of views and tools into one of the widest and most readable overviews yet of the world of open learning starting to envelop all of us." Martin Dougiamas, founder and lead developer of Moodle; executive director of Moodle Pty. Ltd.
"As everyone now knows, thanks to Thomas Friedman, the world is flat. And now, thanks to Curtis Bonk, we know that the world of learning is open. Anyone with Internet access can now connect to the world's best universities, museums, and research centers. Professor Bonk chronicles this profound shift in the global redistribution of educational resources and its implications for lifting educational levels worldwide." Milton Chen, executive director, The George Lucas Educational Foundation, publishers of Edutopia magazine and edutopia.org
"Open software and open learningthose two concepts are rocking the world. Yes, the world. Bonk has brought together the key ideas underlying this wave of disruption in an engaging and provocative format. Read Bonk and be changed." Elliot Soloway, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, University of Michigan and co-founder of GoKnow, Inc.