Not drivers, but openers: overview of what Curtis Bonk thinks will transform learning

I read the “sampler” of Curtis Bonk’s The World is Open ( on a Kindle. The ideas/words ratio seemed too low for me to consider reading the book in full. However, I like the idea that what’s changing the learning landscape is not so much a set of drivers as “openers”. These are technologies and practices that make it impossible to maintain control over learning pathways, and thus open out new ways of accessing and enjoying learning. Bonk summarises them as WE-ALL-LEARN — just imagine his joy when he plugged the initial letters of these terms into an anagram server and out popped this snappy acronym…!

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The 10 openers of the WE-ALL-LEARN model are outlined below. They
are discussed in detail in Chapters 2-11. The Introduction plus
Chapter 1 kick off the journey into the Web of Learning and unveils
the WE-ALL-LEARN model. Chapter 12 recaps the book and push toward
future visions as well as reflect on the past century of distance

Ten Openers: (WE-ALL-LEARN)

  1. Web Searching in the World of e-Books
  2. E-Learning and Blended Learning
  3. Availability of Open Source and Free Software
  4. Leveraged Resources and OpenCourseWare
  5. Learning Object Repositories and Portals
  6. Learner Participation in Open Information Communities
  7. Electronic Collaboration
  8. Alternate Reality Learning
  9. Real-Time Mobility and Portability
  10. Networks of Personalized Learning


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