CURRICULUM VITAE:  December 31, 2017


Curtis J. Bonk

School of Education: Room 2238

Instructional Systems Technology Department

Indiana University

201 N. Rose Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47405-1006

Mobile: (812) 322-curt (2878)




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Ph.D., 1989, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Major: Educational Psychology; Concentrations: Human Learning; Human Development.

Minor: Curriculum and Instruction: Educational Technology.

M.S., 1987, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Major: Educational Psychology.

   1984/85, UW-Waukesha and Univ. of WI-Madison Extension, coursework in Psychology.

B.A., 1981, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater; Major: Accounting. (3.83 G.P.A. Magna Cum Laude)



            1996            Certification in Distance Education, Indiana University, Continuing Studies Dept.

            1983            Certified Public Accountant (CPA) License granted December 16, 1983.


Professional Experience

2005-present   Professor, Dept. of Instructional Systems Technology (IST), Indiana University.

       Adjunct Faculty Member: IU School of Informatics, 2002-present.

       Associate Faculty Member: IU Cognitive Science Program, 1992-present.

1999-present  President and Founder, CourseShare, LLC, Bloomington, Indiana.

2003-2010      President and Founder, SurveyShare, Inc., Bloomington, Indiana.

2003-2005      Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Indiana University.

       Adjunct Member, Instructional Systems Technology Department, 1999-2005.

       Core Member: Center for Research on Learning & Tech (CRLT) 1998-2005.

1997-2003      Associate Professor (tenured in 1997), Dept. of Counseling and Educ. Psych, Indiana Univ.

1992-1997      Assistant Professor, Dept. of Counseling and Educational Psychology, Indiana University.

1989-1992      Assistant Professor, Dept. of Educational Psychology, West Virginia University.

1987-1988      Teaching Assistant, Dept. of Cur. & Inst, Mainstreaming course, UW-Madison.

1986-1987      Project Assistant, Gifted & Talented Outreach & Madison Extension, UW-Madison.

1984-1986      Assistant Controller, Automated Systems, Inc., Brookfield, WI.

1983-1984      Controller, R & J Medical Supply, Inc., Milwaukee, WI.

1981-1983      Auditor and Tax Accountant, Vrakas Blum, Waukesha, WI.

1978-1980      Production Control Coordinator, Square D Co. & McQuay Perfex, Milwaukee, WI.


Web Software Development and Project Supervision Experience

     1999-2017 Web Developer/Supervisor: Various E-Learning Portals and Tools, CourseShare, LLC. (President and Founder),,

sites developed for sharing articles, presentations, technology tools, various learning portals for the field of instructional and educational technology (e.g., jobs, jobs, graduate program portals), etc. (dozens of staff personally funded and supervised)

Consulting Services: Online and blended learning training and implementation, technology-related research and evaluation, technical report generation, advice on strategic planning, future trend analysis, etc.

Client Base: All educational sectors, including: K-12, higher education, corporate and military, non-profit, government, etc.

Responsibilities: Hired and supervised various individuals involved online learning research and evaluation for various clients.

Other Responsibilities: Hired, supervised, managed those engaged in graphic design, Website development, promotion, etc., of CourseShare, LLC, TrainingShare, and PublicationShare.

Management and Financials/Accounting Duties: Budget estimates and projections, coordinated annual meetings, dealt with vendors and client contracts, etc.


     1998-2017 Web Developer/Supervisor, Grant from Continuing Studies Department, Indiana University

The Bobweb: (Web site for course taught via videoconferencing. Components: creativity, critical thinking, cooperative learning, motivation)


     2003-2010 President & Founder, Web Devel/Supervisor: SurveyShare, Inc. (company sold June 2010)

Product: A popular, low-priced Web-based survey tool.

SurveyShare Clients: Over 15,000 survey memberships per year; millions of survey takers per year from all economic or educational sectors.

Funding: Personally funded all start-up costs associated with SurveyShare including tool development, marketing, management, etc., until product became viable.

Responsibilities: Hired, supervised, and managed dozens of employees involved in the development, management, accounting, implementation, marketing, etc. of SurveyShare.

Tool Development: Usability testing, design team coordination, planning, etc., oversaw all tool and feature changes and additions.

Marketing and Promotion: Conference exhibits, product demonstrations, brochures and fliers, email notices, set pricing options, etc.

Management: Negotiated building space and rent, made all technology decisions, etc.

Financials and Accounting: Budget estimates and projections, coordinated annual meetings with Chief Financial Officer, vendor relations, negotiated enterprise client contracts and accounts receivable, etc.


     1999-2007 Web Developer/Supervisor: Various E-Learning Portals and Tools (free),,,,,, etc.

Audience: Sites developed for sharing resources among college instructors, students, corporate trainers, freelance instructors.

Funding: All the above sites were personally funded.

Hired, Supervised, and Managed: Over 40 programmers and network specialists, trainers, instructional designers, graphic designers, researchers, distance learning specialists (Note: most were graduate students at Indiana University).


     1998-2003 Project Co-Director and Web Site Developer, TICKIT Project, Grant: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations

TICKIT: (Teacher Institute for Curriculum Knowledge about the Integration of Technology; a project for rural Indiana teacher technology integration).


     1997-2001 Web Developer/Supervisor, Indiana University, Instructional Consulting

The Smartweb: (complete undergraduate educational psychology course on the Web: activities, Web links, electronic portfolios, profiles, archives, discussions, peer interaction components, etc.)


     1996-2000 Coordinator of Online Mentoring/Conferencing Program, Grant from School of Ed, Indiana Univ

COW (Conferencing on the Web)/TITLE (The Intraplanetary Teacher Learning Exchange): (Web site for electronic conferencing of preservice teachers from Indiana University, Korea Finland, Univ of South Carolina, Texas A&M University—discussing problems seen in schools and getting online mentoring)


1999-2000 Web Developer/Supervisor, Contract with Bell & Howell Learning and Information Company

Coursepack: Note: this was the first online reader in Educational Psychology Reader


1998-1999   Web Developer/Supervisor, Contract with Houghton Mifflin Company                 

INSITE Web site to support textbook, Psychology Applied to Teaching (9th Ed.).

 (Note: this is the most comprehensive and interactive Web site for Educational Psychology)

Supervised: 13 content specialists, programmers, and instructional designers.

Responsibilities: Helped conceptualize the project, created and selected content, coordinated work flow, Web design, interactivity features, handled contracts, reviewed and edited all work.        

     1998-1999 Web Developer/Supervisor, Grant from Center for Global Change, Indiana University

The Caseweb: http: //www.indiana/edu/~caseweb (set of cases for educ psychology)


Courses Taught

1.                 P251/254/255 Undergraduate Educational Psychology

2.                 M101/201 Lab Experience (with above course)

3.                 P540 Learning and Cognition in Education

4.                 P544 Applied Cognition and Learning Strategies

5.                 P640 Thinking and Learning in Social Contexts

6.                 R511 Instructional/Educational Technology Foundations

7.                 R546 Instructional Strategies for Thinking, Collaboration, and Motivation

8.                 R678 Emerging Learning Technologies

9.                 R685 (Seminar with various titles) including: The World is Open with Web Technology, E-Learning Pedagogy and Evaluation; and Interactive Technology for Learning and Collaboration

10.             Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry


Distance Education and Online Learning Course Experiences

1. Web Course (4 times): P251/254/255 undergraduate Ed Psych, 1997-2000.

2. Web Course (5 times): M101/M201 Lab component of Ed Psych, 1997-2000.

3. Web Course (5 times): P540 Learning and Cognition in Education, 2004-2009.

4. Web Course (4 times): R511: Instructional Technology Foundations, 2015-2016.

5. Web Course (1 time): R546: Instructional Strategies for Thinking, Collab, & Motivation, 2009.

6. Web Course (5 times): R678: Emerging Learning Technologies, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016.

7. Web Course (3 times): R685: The World is Open with Web Technology, 2010, 2011, 2012.

8. Videoconferencing Course (1 time); IUB & IUPUI, P540 Learning and Cognition in Ed, 2004.

9. Videoconferencing Course (2 times); IUB & IUPUI, P640 Thinking & Lrng in Social Contexts, 2005, 2006.

10. Videoconferencing Course (16 times); P506/R546 Alternative Instructional Strategies, 1996-2017. (including: IU-NW, IUPUI, IU-SE, IU-B, Lebanon Schools, Turkey Run School District)

11. Videoconf Course (1995): P600/R685 Interactive Tech for Lrng & Collab, IUPUI & IUB.

12. Videoconf Course (2005 & 2006): P600/R685 E-Learning Pedagogy & Eval, IUPUI & IUB.

13. Helped Design TV-Based Telecourse (with Drs. Robert and Donna Rae Clasen) (1987-88): Teachers Tackle Thinking: Critical Thinking in the Classroom, UW-Madison Outreach and Extension.

14. Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Blackboard/CourseSites, Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success, April-June 2012 (includes 5 synchronous sessions in May 2012), nearly 4,000 people enrolled.


Live Outreach Course Accomplishments

1. Taught in rural Indiana Schools (5 times) P506 Applying Tech to Teaching & Learning, Spring of 1998-2003.

2. Taught in Center Grove School District, Greenwood, Indiana (3 times), P506 Alt. Instructional Strats: Crit, Creat, Coop, Motiv., 1995-97.

3. Taught in Wheeling, WV, EDP300 Advanced Educational Psychology, 1992.


Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

2015-2018   Guest Professor, South China Normal University, Guangzhou, China.

2017            Online Learning Journal Outstanding Research Achievement Award in Online Education, Online Learning Consortium, Orlando, Florida, November 16, 2017.

2016            AACE (Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education) Fellowship Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership & Service to the Profession and AACE." Presented at E-Learn 2016—World Conference on E-Learning, November 15, 2016. Listing:

2016            AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Distance Education Book Award. 2016 -- First Place. MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, Editors: Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi M. Lee, Thomas C. Reeves, & Thomas H. Reynolds. NY: Routledge. Presented at the 2016 Conference of the Association for Educational Technology and Communications (AECT), Las Vegas, NV.

2016            Outstanding Contribution to eLearning, Global TechLearn Congress and Awards 2016, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India, June 23, 2016.


2015            AECT Division of Distance Education (DDL) Journal Article Award—Quantitative Based, 2015-Second Place, Presented at the 2015 Conference of the Association for Educational Technology and Communications (AECT), Indianapolis, IN.


Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Xiaojing Kou, Shuya Xu, and Feng-Ru Sheu (2015). Understanding the Self-Directed Online Learning Preferences, Goals, Achievements, and Challenges of MIT OpenCourseWare Subscribers. Educational Technology and Society, 18(2), 349-368.


2014            Outstanding Contribution to Education, Global TechLearn Congress and Awards 2014, Taj Lands End, Mumbai, India, November 14, 2014.

2014            Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education Award; presented at the 30th Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, August 13, 2014.


2012            IAP (Information Age Publishing) DDL Distance Education Journal Article Award, 2012-First Place for “Advancing Practice,” Presented by the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Technology and Communications (AECT), Louisville, KY.


Curtis J. Bonk, Mimi Miyoung Lee, Nari Kim, & Meng-Fen Grace Lin. (2009). The tensions of transformation in three cross-institutional wikibook projects. The Internet and Higher Education, 12(3-4), 126-135.


2012            IAP (Information Age Publishing) Distance Education Book Award, 2012-Third Place, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, Presented by the Division of Distance Learning of the Association for Educational Technology and Communications (AECT), Louisville, KY.

2009            Trustees' Teaching Award, Indiana University, School of Education.

2009            Executive Committee Chair, Advisory Board, E-Learn Conference--The World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education.