Reawakening the Monster Syllabus for Spring 2017: Emerging Learning Technologies for All

December 30, 2016

As per usual, I've been working a bit during winter break. Good news....I guess. The spring of 2017 version of the famed "Monster Syllabus" for R678 Emerging Learning Technologies has been reawakened, revived, and rejuvenated, is now available for anyone to explore, use, share, expand, debate, etc. While it had expanded to 75 pages a few years ago and then contracted to something much more reasonable last year. Much has been added in from the happenings of the past year and a few things revived from prior semesters. For the spring of 2017, the monster now stands at a mere 63 pages.

I added back in augmented reality, virtual reality, and gaming; which I had deleted a couple of years ago. I also found many new research articles and news items (i.e., tidbits). And I included a bit on artificial intelligence to the end of the course (for possible mainstream addition next time). See below for links to the 16 designated weeks of the course.

Direct Navigation Links:
Skip to Week 1. (January 9) Introduction to the Open World: Visionaries and Visions
Skip to Week 2. Alternate Reality Learning: AR, VR, Gaming, and Simulations (Explore Week #1)
Skip to Week 3. The Sudden Explosion of E-Books and E-Book Readers
Skip to Week 4. The Expansion of Blended and Fully Online Learning
Skip to Week 5. Extreme, Nontraditional, and Adventure Learning
Skip to Week 6. Open Educational Resources (OER) and OpenCourseWare (OCW)
Skip to Week 7. Open Education and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
Skip to Week 8. More MOOCs and Open Education Around the World
Skip to Week 9. Motivation in Informal and Self-Directed Online Learning Environments (including online language learning) (Explore Week #2)
Skip to Week 10. Connectivism, Social Media, and Participatory Learning
Skip to Week 11. Wikis, Wikipedia, Wikibooks, and Collaborative Writing (Explore Week #3)
Skip to Week 12. Shared Online Video and Audio (Explore Week #4)
Skip to Week 13. Flipping the Classroom
Skip to Week 14. Interactive, Global, and Collaborative Learning (including learning spaces, etc.)
Skip to Week 15. Mobile, Wireless, and Ubiquitous Learning
Skip to Week 16+. Networks of Personalized Learning and AI Agents

I have been teaching this course for more than a quarter century. It has evolved from a course mostly about the psychology of learning with technology to one that discusses a series of prominent technology tools and resources. There are dozens and dozens of articles, videos, websites, technology tools, e-books, etc., just waiting for you to explore in the spring 2017 syllabus. In addition, you can explore every prior syllabus (see the Web links below). Much more is in the monster syllabus itself. See first link below for the latest incarnation of the monster.

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I look forward the spring class. Anyone is welcome to sit in. It is on Monday nights at 7:00-9:45 pm in Room 2101 of the Indiana University (IU) School of Education. Stop on by. If you do, perhaps you will be seeing monsters in your sleep.



Sample Prior P600/R685/R678 Syllabi:
  1. Spring 2017: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spri ng_of_2017.htm
  2. Spring 2016: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spri ng_of_2016.htm
  3. Spring 2015:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R678_Spri ng_of_2015.htm
  4. Spring 2013: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spri ng_of_2013.htm
  5. Fall 2012:  http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_o f_2012.htm
  6. Spring 2012: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Spri ng_of_2012.htm
  7. Fall 2011: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_o f_2011.htm
  8. Fall 2010: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_of_20 10.htm
  9. Fall 2009: http://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus_R685_Fall_o f_2009.htm
  10. Fall 2008: http://mypage.iu.edu/~rwadholm/R685/Syllabus_R 685_Fall_of_2008.htm
  11. Fall 2007: htt p://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/R685-Fall-2007.htm
  12. Fall 2005: http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/syllabus_p600_a nd_r685_fall_of_2005.htm
  13. Fall 2003: http://ph p.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/p600syl2.htm
  14. Fall 2002: http ://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/Syllabus--2002.html
  15. Fall 2001: htt p://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-2001.htm
  16. Fall 1999: htt p://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1999.htm  
  17. Fall 1997: htt p://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1997.htm
  18. Spring 1995: htt p://php.indiana.edu/~cjbonk/P600-R685-1995.htm
  19. Fall 1990: http://travelinedman.blogspot .com/2012/09/the-evolution-of-monster-22-years-of.html&n bsp; 
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Final Note:
By the way, back in September 2012 (a little over four years ago), I made a blog post that included more of the history related to this course. Feel free to explore it. If you do, you can see what topics were hot back in 1990…some of which remain important today. Perhaps in three or four more years (i.e., the Year 2020), I will provide another glimpse of the history of this course. Perhaps it will have a another new and improved title. And perhaps someone else will be teaching it. Time will tell.

 
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