CURRICULUM VITAE (abbreviated):  September 25, 2017


Curtis J. Bonk

3432 S. Ashwood Drive

Bloomington, IN 47401

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Ph.D. in Educational Psychology (minor Ed Tech), 1989, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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.


Web Software Development and Project Development

     1999-2017 Web Developer/Supervisor: Various E-Learning Portals and Tools (supervised dozens of people),,, the Caseweb, the Smartweb;,,,,,, and supervisor of INSITE website for textbook (Psychology Applied to Teaching (9th Ed.))

Also SurveyShare, Inc. (tens of thousands of users; millions of survey respondents)

1991-1992 Designer, James Paige Learning Ctr Complex & Computer Lab, Wheeling, WV.

1991-1992 Co-designer, Project Y.E.S. (Youth Enrichment Services), summer at-risk youth camp.


Courses Taught

1.                 P251/254/255 Undergraduate Educational Psychology

2.                 M101/201 Lab Experience for Educational Psychology (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; e.g., Interactive Tech for Learning and Collaboration)

10.             Y520 Strategies for Educational Inquiry


Online Learning, Videoconferencing, and MOOC Teaching Experiences

1.     Taught 24 Web Courses (P254/255 (4); M201 (5); P540 (5); R511 (4); R546 (1); R678 (5); R685 (3))

2.     Taught 23 Videoconferencing Courses (P540 (1); P640 (2); R546 (16); P600/R685 (4))

3.     Taught 1 Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Blackboard/CourseSites, Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success, April-June 2012 (3,400 people enrolled).


Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

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

2016            AACE Fellowship Award "In Recognition of Outstanding Leadership & Service to the Profession and AACE." Presented at E-Learn 2016, November 15, 2016.

2016            AECT Division of Distance Learning (DDL) Distance Education Book Award. 2016 -- First Place. MOOCs and Open Education Around the World, Las Vegas, NV.

2016            Outstanding Contrib to eLearning, Global TechLearn Congress, Mumbai, India.

2015            AECT Division of Distance Education (DDL) Journal Article Award—Quantitative Based, 2015-Second Place, AECT 2015, Indianapolis, IN.

2014            Outstanding Contrib to Ed, Global TechLearn Congress, Mumbai, India, Nov 2014.

2014            Mildred B. and Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for Outstanding Practitioner in Distance Education Award; Distance Teaching & Learning Confer., Madison, WI.

2012            IAP (Information Age Publishing) DDL Distance Education Journal Article Award, 2012-First Place for “Advancing Practice, AECT, Louisville, KY.

2012            IAP, Distance Ed Book Award, Third Place, The World is Open, AECT, Louisville.

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

2009            Executive Committee Chair, Advisory Board, E-Learn Conference.

2007-2017   Visiting Professor, Univ. of Glamorgan; now the Univ. of South Wales, Wales, UK.

2005            Trustees' Teaching Award, Indiana University, School of Education.

2004            Alumni Achievement Award, University of Wisconsin, School of Education

2003            The Most Outstanding Achievement by an Individual in Higher Education Award from the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA), Washington, DC.

2003-2005        Senior Research Fellow, US Dept of Defense, Advanced Distrib Lrng (ADL) Lab.

2003            Innovative Teaching Award: Teaching in a Distance Education Program.  Indiana Partnership for Statewide Ed, Indiana HE Telecommunication System Conference.

2002            CyberStar Award, May 17, 2002, Indiana Info Tech Assoc (INITA), Indianapolis, IN. Award Winner for: “Educational Contribution to IT in Higher Education.”

2000            Wilbert Hites Mentoring Award, First Recipient, Indiana University.

            1999-2003    Senior Research Fellow, U. S. Army Research Institute

1999                        Burton Gorman Teaching Award in the School of Education, Indiana University.

1999            Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Indiana University.

1998            Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Indiana University.

1997            Teaching Excellence Recognition Award (TERA), Indiana University.

1992            Zenith Computer Masters of Innovation IV Competition; 1st Place: Literacy.


Other Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

2017            RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#71), Education Week.

            2016            Certificate of Outstanding Reviewer, The Internet and Higher Education.

2016            RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#69), Education Week, Rick Hess.

2015-2017   Faculty Associate, Center for International Ed, Development & Research (CIEDR).

2015            Routledge “Author of the Month” for Education, June 2015.

2015            Editors’ Choice Article, The Internet and Higher Education: “The tensions of transformation in three cross-institutional wikibook projects.”

2015            2015 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#73), Educ Week, Rick Hess.

            2014            Affiliate Faculty Member: Center for Computer-Mediated Communication, IU.

            2014            Affiliate Faculty Member: Southeast Asian Studies Center, Indiana University.

2014            2014 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#86), Education Week.

2013            Visiting Scholar, November 2013, National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan.

2013            Visiting Scholar, November 2013, National Sun Yat-Sen Univ., Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

2013            Visiting Scholar, September 2013, International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan.

2013            Outstanding Reviewer of 2012, Journal of Applied Research in Higher Ed, Emerald.

2013            2013 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#123), Education Week.

2013            Online resources from MOOC published in MERLOT, Teacher Educ Editorial Board, Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success.

2012            2012 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Presence Rankings (#108), Education Week.

2009            Outstanding Paper Award, Wikibooks & Wikibookians: Loosely-Coupled Community or Future of Textbook Industry?, Ed Media 2009, Honolulu, Hawaii.

2008            Sloan-C Effective Practices recognition for paper on synchronous teaching/learning.

2006            Instructional Science, Most frequently downloaded article recognition.

2006            Visiting Scholar, September 2006, Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

2006            Outstanding Paper Award, Does sense of community matter? An examination of participants’ perspectives in online courses.  E-Learn 2006, Honolulu, Hawaii.

            1998-2003  Affiliate Faculty Member: Inner Asian & Uralic National Resource Center, IU.

2001-2003  Adjunct Professor at the Univ. of Akron as part of a faculty mentoring program.

2001            Visiting Scholar, June 2001; Univ. of Tampere, Hypermedia Lab, Tampere, Finland.

            2001            Army Study Highlights, Applying Collaborative and e-Learning Tools to Military Distance Learning: A Research Framework by C. J. Bonk & Robert A. Wisher (2000), Paper Selected for potential impact on the Army & methodology used.

2000            Visiting Scholar, August 2000, Univ. of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia.

1999                        First Faculty Fellow, Wisdom Tools, Inc, Bloomington, Indiana

1998            Visiting Scholar, Nov. 1998, Simon Fraser Univ. & Virtual Univ, Vancouver, CN

1997            Visiting Scholar, May 1997; Univ. of Oulu, Finland.

1996-98       Faculty Fellow (for technology research): The Center for Excellence in Educ (CEE).


Professional Interests:

Self-directed online learning, open education, MOOCs, e-learning, blended learning, distance education, informal learning, motivation, emerging learning technologies, collaborative writing


Professional Affiliations

American Educational Research Association (AERA), Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT)


Student Dissertation Research and Program Advising:

Completed Dissertations: 92 = 4 at WVU + 86 at IU (21 Chair) + 2 at other universities

Completed Doctoral Programs of Studies: 57 = 1 at WVU + 56 at IU (17 as Chair/Advisor)


Research Funding, Contracts, and Grants Received:

2007-2009   Leveraging Educational Technology to Keep America Competitive                 $3,108,879

                    IU Center for Evaluation and Education Policy (CEEP) and the

                    Granato Group (DC)) Funded by: U.S. Dept of Education, Washington, DC

2004-2005   Coordinated research and evaluation project on motivation and design                $67,995

of online courses at ITT Technical Institute. (10 people supervised)

2003-2005   Dept. of Defense, Consortium Research Fellows Program, Advanced                  $25,025

Distributed Learning (ADL) Lab, research on educational and training

potential of massive multiuser online games; designed experiments.

2000-2003   Teacher Institute for Curric Knowledge about Integration of Tech (TICKIT)      $150,000

Funded: Arthur Vining Davis Foundations; Authors: Bonk & Ehman

2000-2003   U.S. Army Research Institute, Consortium Research Fellows Program, TrainToday $42,000 Research projects on collab learning technology in military settings.

2000-2001   Jones, Denver, Colorado.                                                            $20,000

1999-2000   U.S. Army Research Institute, Consortium Research Fellows Program, TrainToday $15,000; Research on learner-centered framework for collaborative technology

1999-2000   Teacher Institute for Curric Knowledge about Integration of Tech. (TICKIT)       $32,116

Funded by: Five School Districts; Authors: Ehman & Bonk

1998-1999   Teacher Institute for Curric Knowledge about Integration of Tech. (TICKIT)       $37,898

Funded by: Ackerman Family Foundation (& Walden University)

1998-1999   Strengthening an Infrastructure in Support of Research on the Linkage               $50,000

Of Learning Theory, Pedagogy, and Technology. IU, Grad Studies.

1997-1998   IU, Proffitt Grant, Web-Based Conferences for Preservice Teacher Ed                $12,000.

1996-1999   IU Research and Univ. Grad. School (RUGS), Preparing Future Faculty.           $60,000.

1995-1996   IU Intercampus Grant, Qualitative Analysis of Learner-Centered Tool                 $10,000.

Adaptation in an Electronic Community of Elem St. Weather Forecasters

1994-1995   IU InterCampuswide Research Grant, Embedding Constructive Multimedia.      $15,386.

Tools and an Electronic Community within an Elementary Weather Unit.

1993            IU, Kempf Research Funding, Measuring Students' Perception of

Constructivistic Learning Environments: SCALE Refinement & Validation.    $10,000.

1990-91       Governor's Drug-Free Communities Grant, Project Y.E.S.                                    $50,000.
Publication Summary (as of September 25, 2017):

Main Publications                                                                Other:

Books                                   10                                             Magazine and Newsletter Articles          21

Electronic and Other Books      5                                          Personal Interviews                    13

Journal Articles                    103                                            Guest Blog Posts                                    13

Book Chapters & Forewords   54                                          Book Reviews                               4

Technical/Research Reports    13                                          ERIC/Other Docs                                      8

Conference Proceedings       81                                             Dissertations and Master’s Theses            2

                    Total Main      266                                                            Total Other                  61

                    Grand Total = 327 (plus 5 articles in review or revision)


Books (+ = Reviewed; R = Research; T = Teaching):

+R                Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.). (2015). MOOCs and open education around the world. NY: Routledge. (also in Korean and Chinese)


+T                 Bonk, C. J., & Khoo, E. (2014). Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. and Amazon CreateSpace.


+T                Bonk, C. J. (July 2009). The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass. (also in Arabic and Chinese)


R                  Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., & Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.) (2009). A Special Passage through Asia E-Learning. Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.


+R/T             Bonk, C. J., & Zhang, K. (2008). Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing.  San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.


+R/T             Bonk, C. J. & Graham, C. R. (Eds.) (2006). Handbook of blended learning: Global perspectives, local designs. San Francisco, CA: Pfeiffer Publishing.


+T                 Snowman, J., & Biehler, R. F. with Bonk, C. J. Technology Contributor (2000). Psychology Applied to Teaching (9th Edition), Boston, MA; Houghton Mifflin.


+R/T             Bonk, C. J., & King, K. S. (Eds.). (1998). Electronic collaborators: Learner-centered technologies for literacy, apprenticeship, and discourse.  Mahwah, NJ: Erlbaum.


Special Journal Issues Edited:

                     Lee, M. M., Bonk, C. J., Reynolds, T. H., & Reeves, T. C. (Eds.) (2015). Special Issue: MOOCs and Open Education. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(3), 261-400.

                     Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., & Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.) (2009). Special Issue: A Special Passage through Asia E-Learning. International Journal on E-Learning. 8(4), 1-160.


Journal Articles and Related Publications:

(Note: * = Refereed; + = Reviewed; R = Research; T = Teaching)

+R                 Bonk, C. J., & Lee, M. M. (2017). Motivations, achievements, and challenges of self-directed informal learners in open educational environments and MOOCs. Journal of Learning for Development, 4(1), 36-57.


*R                Bonk, C. J. (2016). What is the state of e-learning?: Reflections on 30 ways learning is changing. Journal of Open, Flexible and Distance Learning, 20(2), 6-20.


*R                Lee, J., & Bonk, C. J. (2016). Social network analysis of peer relationships and online interactions in a blended class using blogs. The Internet and Higher Education, 28(1), 35-44.


+R                Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., Reynolds, T. H., & Reeves, T. C. (2015). Preface to MOOCs and Open Education Special Issue: The Power of Four. In Special Issue: MOOCs and Open Education. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(3), 265-277.


*R                Reeves, T. C., & Bonk, C. J. (2015). MOOCs: Redirecting the quest for quality higher education for all. In Special Issue: MOOCs and Open Education. International Journal on E-Learning, 14(3), 385-399.


*R                Bonk, C. J., Lee, M. M., Kou, X., Xu, S. & Sheu, F.-R. (2015). Understanding the Self-Directed Online Learning Preferences, Goals, Achievements, and Challenges of MIT OpenCourseWare Subscribers. Educational Technology and Society, 18(2), 349-368.


Book Chapters and Forewords:

(Note: * = Refereed; + = Reviewed; R = Research; T = Teaching)

+R                Bonk, C. J., Lee. M. M., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (2018). The emergence and design of massive open online courses. In R. A. Reiser & J. V. Dempsey (Eds.), Trends and issues in instructional design & technology (4th Ed.), (pp. 250-258). NY: Pearson Education.


+R                Bonk, C. J., Kim, M., & Xu, S. (2016). Do you have a SOLE?: Research on informal and self-directed online learning environments. In J. M. Spector, B. B. Lockee, & M. D. Childress (Eds.), Learning, Design, and Technology: An International Compendium of Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Section: Informal Resources and Tools for Self-Directed Online Learning Environments (35-1, pp. 1-32). Springer International Publishing.


+R                 Bonk, C. J. (2015). Foreword: Scratching the seven year itch: Perhaps it’s time to MOOC on! In J. R. Corbeil, M. E. Corbeil, & B. H. Khan (Eds.). The MOOC case book: Case studies in MOOC design, dev and implementation (pp. xii – xxii). Ronkonkoma, NY: Linus Books.


+T                 Bonk, C. J. (2015). Informal and Extreme Learning (in Chapter 3 Views on Learning). In C. Major, Teaching online: A Guide to Theory, Research, and Practice (pp. 62-63). Baltimore, MD: John Hopkins Press.


+R                Bonk, C. J., Lee. M. M., Reeves, T. C., & Reynolds, T. H. (2015). Preface: Actions leading to “MOOCs & Open Ed Around the World.” In C. J. Bonk, M. M. Lee., T. C. Reeves, & T. H. Reynolds, T. H. (Eds.), MOOCs & Open Ed Around the World (pp. xxx-xlii). NY: Routledge.


+T                 Bonk, C. J. (2014). Foreword: Online Learning Yesterday and Today. In B. Sutton & A. Basiel (Eds.). Teaching and Learning Online: New models of learning for a connected world (2nd Edition) (pp. ix-xv). NY: Routledge.


Note: Other Publications are available upon request.


Talks and Presentations Summary (as of Sept. 25, 2017):

Conference Presentations                                                                  Int’l/National and Other Presentations:

Conference Papers/Presentations                                             157       International/National                                       499

Present/Demo No Paper                 39                                   State/Regional                                          56

Keynotes     /Plenary Talks                                                      277       Local                                                   112

Invited/Special Conf Talks                                                     199       Online Present/Webinars/Videoconfs    92

Workshops/Discussant/Other       118                                   Training Videos on Online Learning         32

     Total Conference/Main Talks                                            790                 Total Int’l/National/Other Talks              791

Grand Total Talks and Presentations = 1,581


Professional Activities:

Mentoring, Diversity, and Sponsorship: Sponsored dozens of scholars from China, Korea, Israel, Thailand, Australia, Italy, Finland, Russia, etc.


General Consulting, Advice, Evaluation, and Support:

2017                     Expert reviewer (cognitive scientist), Human Brains are Cartographers, by Luca Fitzgerald, Moment of Science, WFIU, July 24, 2017, Indiana Public Media, Indiana U, Bloomington, Indiana (2:00).

2017                     Advice on MOOCs offered to the Mixed Methods International Research Association (MMIRA).

2016                     Consulted on proposed MOOC regulations in India, Indian Higher Education, MOOC platform.

2012                     Feedback, gesture-based learning projects, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.


Board, Conference Program, Commission, or Advisory Member:

2017           International Review Board, Media Education Conference 2017, Rovaniemi, Finland.

2016-2016 Program Committee, 13th IEEE Int’l Conf. on Advanced & Trusted Computing, Toulouse, France.

2009-2016 Executive Committee Member and proposal reviewer, E-Learn Conference, AACE.

2014-2015 Program Committee Member, Media Education Conference 2015, Salla, Finland.

   2014-2015 Board Member, Innovation Arabia 8, Dubai, UAE.


Current Journal, Proposal, Book Chapter, and Newsletter Editor/Reviewer/Board Member:

2017-2018    Reviewer, Educational Researcher (ER).

2017             Reviewer, International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning (IRRODL).

2017-2018    Reviewer, International Review of Education: Journal of Lifelong Learning.

2016-2017    Editorial Board, SpringerBriefs, Open, Distance and eLearning (ODEL)


Book Endorsements: 30 books

Reviews of My Books: 35 published reviews


Radio, Television, Newspaper Appearances and Interviews

2017                     Interviewed for master’s student training video, MOOCs, Open U. of Catalona, Barcelona, Spain,

2017                     Video Interview, MOOC for PennGSE, Online Teaching and Learning, Coursera, Donna Murdoch.  

2017                     Video Interview, 5th Int’l PBL Symposium 2017, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore, 2:45.

2017                     Experts Gather at the College to Explore the Future of E-Learning, Kathy Patnaude, U. of Houston.

2017                     Quoted in article: Is Online Learning Better for Introverts? TNT Magazine, January 11, 2017.

2017                     NPR panel, WFIU, Indiana Public Radio “Noon Edition” on “Digital Tech Impact on Cog Devel.”

2016                     Interviewed/videotaped, faculty devel video, Distance Ed PD Dev team, U. of Wisconsin, Madison

2016                     How to Motivate Students Online—Video Interview, Joomla LMS ELearning Blog.

2016                     Videotaped, “Putting the Blend in Blended Learning,” CET/ThinkTV, PBS, Cincinnati, Ohio.

2016                     Radio New Zealand, E-Educator – Curt Bonk, by Jessi Mulligan. April 18, 2016.

2016                     Top Expert Predicts What Will Transform ELearning for 2017, LMS, Joomla, page 5.