NITLE Fellows: Bryan Alexander
Bryan Alexander is senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He researches, writes, and speaks about emerging trends in the integration of inquiry, pedagogy, and technology and their potential application to liberal arts contexts. Dr. Alexander’s current research interests include emerging pedagogical forms enabled by mobile technologies, learning processes and outcomes associated with immersive environments (as in gaming and augmented reality), the rise of digital humanities, the transformation of scholarly communication, digital storytelling, and futurist methodologies.
Dr. Alexander is author of Future Trends in Technology and Education, a monthly report that surveys recent developments in how education is changing, primarily under the impact of digital technologies. Its purpose is to help educators, policy-makers, and the public think about the future of teaching, learning, research, and institutions. Dr. Alexander is also the author of The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, published in April 2011 by Praeger. He is active online, combining research with communication across multiple venues and tweets steadily at @BryanAlexander.
Born in New York City, Dr. Alexander earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan in 1997, completing a dissertation on Romantic-era Gothic literature. He taught English literature, writing, information literacy, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana from 1997 through 2002. He was a 2004 fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute. He lives on a Vermont homestead with his family, where they raise animals and crops, combining broadband with a low-tech lifestyle.
Selected Publications and Presentations
- (co-authored with Rebecca Frost Davis) “Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World.” In Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, January 2012.
- “Conference Report: The 4th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, July 11-13, 2011.” International Journal of Interactive Communication Systems and Technologies, 1(2). 68-71, July-December 2011.
- The New (In)visible College: Emergent Scholarly Communication Environment and the Liberal Arts. National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education. Spring 2011. http://www.nitle.org/live/files/34-the-new-invisible-college
- “The Future of Collaboration in Education.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 34, Number 3, 2011.
- The New Digital Storytelling. Praeger, 2011.
- “This Visible College.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 34, Number 2, 2011.
- “Future of Higher Education: The Future of Scholarly Publication.” EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Volume 34, Number 1, 2011.
- Keynote address, “The 2010 Horizon Report Symposium.” Co-sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium, Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP), and NITLE. April 8, 2010 (Norwood, Massachusetts).
- “Computer Games in the Liberal Arts World: Connecting with Peers.” 2009 NMC Summer Conference Proceedings. Based on top-rated conference sessions.
- Introduction to Tatyana Dumova and Richard Fiordo, eds., Handbook of Research on Social Interaction Technologies and Collaboration Software: Concepts and Trends. Hershey: Information Science Reference. Information Science Reference, July 2009.
- “Apprehending the Future: Emerging Technologies, from Science Fiction to Campus Reality.” EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 44, no. 3 (May/June 2009): 12–29. Accompanied by A Web Game for Predicting Some Futures: Exploring the Wisdom of Crowds, Web-only supplement.
- (co-authored with Alan Levine) “Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre.” EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 6 (November/December 2008).
- “Social Networking in Higher Education.” In Richard N. Katz, ed., The Tower and the Cloud: Higher Education in the Age of Cloud Computing. Educause: 2008.
- “Games for Higher Education: 2008.” New Horizons guest column, EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 4 (July/August 2008).
- “Deepening the Chasm: Web 2.0, Gaming, and Course Management System.” Journal of Online Learning and Teaching, Vol. 4, No. 2, June 2008.
- “Web 2.0 and Emergent Multi-literacies.” Theory Into Practice, Digital Literacies in the Age of Sight and Sound, Spring 2008, Volume 47, Number 2. Eds: Susan Metros and Kristina Woolsey.