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Sunday, August 23, 2009

Training Share and The World Is Open

The World Is Open is an excellent book that I've mentioned in a couple of recent blog post. Friday evening I exchanged emails with the author of The World Is Open, Curtis Bonk. He told me about Training Share which is his website where you can find numerous resources about open education. Prior to the release of The World Is Open, Professor Bonk co-wrote Empowering Online Learning which contains more than 100 activities related to online learning for reading, reflecting, displaying, and doing. All of the resources for Empowering Online Learning can be found on Training Share. To don't need to read the book to benefit from the resource links, but it certainly would help.

I'm roughly 100 pages through The World Is Open and I've thus far found it well written and thought provoking. One of the great things about the book is that you don't have to be "a techy-type" to understand or benefit from the book. In fact, it may be just the book to give to the school administrator in your life that you're trying to convince that open access to the web is a necessary part of education today. If you'd like to read a short "Cliffs Notes" version of the book, read this 20 item list created by Curtis Bonk.