Curt Bonk

Bonk Curtis 186 Curt Bonk is a former corporate controller and CPA, who, after becoming sufficiently bored with that, received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in educational psychology from the University of Wisconsin. After serving on the faculty of West Virginia University from 1989 to 1992, Curt arrived at Indiana University in 1992 where he was a Professor of Educational Psychology for 13 years before moving to an educational technology department. He is now Professor of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University and adjunct in the School of Informatics.

From 1999 to 2005, Dr. Bonk was a Senior Research Fellow with the Advanced Distributed Learning Lab within the Department of Defense as well as the Army Research Institute. He has received numerous teaching and mentoring awards from IU as well as the CyberStar Award from the Indiana Information Technology Association in 2002, the Most Outstanding Achievement Award from the U.S. Distance Learning Association in 2003, and the Most Innovative Teaching in a Distance Education Program Award from the State of Indiana in 2003. In 2004, Bonk received an alumni achievement award from the University of Wisconsin. In 2007, he was named Visiting Professor at the University of Glamorgan in Wales.

In early 2012, Bonk was listed in Education Week among the top contributors to the public debate about education. That same week, 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. Curt has presented more than 1,200 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning, including ones at universities in China, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Korea, Finland, Ireland, Singapore, Spain, Iceland, the UK, and the Saudi Arabia.

In addition, he has over 280 publications on topics such as online learning pedagogy, massive multiplayer online gaming, wikibooks, blogging, open source software, collaborative technologies, and synchronous and asynchronous computer conferencing. His popular Handbook of Blended Learning Environments: Global Perspectives, Local Designs, was published by Pfeiffer Publishing in 2006 and his Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying, and Doing was published by Jossey-Bass in 2008. His July 2009 book with Jossey-Bass/Wiley, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, extends “The World is Flat” book by Thomas Friedman. Curt founded SurveyShare in 2003 which he sold in 2010 and has been President of CourseShare since 1999 (see