- President's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Learning Technology (2020)
Known for his extensive and ever-evolving instructional skills and innovation with technology in the classroom, Curtis Bonk has served as a model for pedagogical approaches in both online and classroom settings. He received his B.A. from the University Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1981 and received his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1987 and 1989 respectively. Curtis Bonk joined the Indiana University faculty in 1992 and was a founding member of IU's Center for Research on Learning and Technology (CRLT), which opened in the late 1990s.
Bonk leverages teaching and learning technologies to provide cutting-edge, hands-on learning opportunities that are deeply valued by his students. Bonk has written two books on using technology in online learning (the second has been downloaded more than 200,000 times). Bonk utilizes many of the included 200-plus pedagogical activities in his own classroom. Students gain insights on their own learning style, today's cutting-edge learning technology, and adapting to advances in the learning technology field.
An international expert on emerging technologies for learning, Bonk has given more than 1,500 talks around the globe related to online teaching and learning. He has over 300 publications on topics such as online and blended learning, and massive open online courses. In 2009, he served on the Bloomington Campus e-Learning Taskforce to chart a course for the campus to increase online programs and degrees, which later became part of IU Online.
Bonk offers unique insights into the intersection of business, education, psychology, and technology through an expert lens of instructional systems technology. In teaching pre-teachers technology in the classroom, Bonk has truly contributed significantly to the enhancement of teaching through the innovative use of technology.