From teacher to content curator


In this interview, Curtis Bonk discusses how a new breed of teacher is set to emerge; what he refers to as a ‘super eCoach’, or ‘super eMentor’. These people, he says, will have three skills: (i) domain expertise, (ii) an understanding of how to use the Internet for learning, and (iii) counselling skills that further human development. These people will be in high demand, Bonk opines, because not many people are ‘thinking about Google from an educational point of view’. Educators need to become content curators, re-purposing and remixing material, to help learners navigate their way through the content without becoming overwhelmed by the huge volume of information. In other words, it is about guiding learning so that students can process the plethora of information in an orderly fashion, to convert it into knowledge and understanding.