Alan Levine feels weird writing about himself in the third person.
Regardless, he is recognized for applying new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his interests are openness and sharing, strategies for connected learning, building tools for attribution, exploring new forms of web storytelling including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox, teaching and building sites for courses and projects like ds106, Networked Narratives, Ontario Extend, and unleashing these strange WordPress based tools called SPLOTs.
He typically consults with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web, working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as eCampus Ontario, Coventry University, the University of Guadalajara, Creative Commons, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, The Open University, Digital Media Hub, and Mozilla. Additionally, he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github. Sometimes people even invite him to visit to do keynotes and workshops.
Alan's recent major projects included facilitating/encouraging faculty participating eCampus Ontario Extend project, building and co-leading the Mural UDG project, developing a certification platform for Creative Commons, and teaching at Kean University. In 2015 and 2016 he developed the platform and faciliated activities (on-site and online) for the UDG Agora Project, a faculty development effort for almost 400 professors at the University of Guadalajara managed by the Justice Institute for British Columbia. From October 2014 - March 2015 Alan was an Open Learning Fellow at Thompson Rivers University where his portfolio included producing the You Show faculty development series and developing the suite of "SPLOT" tools. He has also been an instructional technology specialist at the University of Mary Washington, following leadership positions at the New Media Consortium and the Maricopa Community Colleges.
Alan's personal interests include digital photography, bending WordPress to his whims, and randomly dipping into the infinite rivers of the internet.
He is done talking about himself... but wait, like a Ronco TV commercial, there is more.
- Education Technology Consultant • (Aug 2012 - present)
- Instructional Technology Specialist • University of Mary Washington • (Mar 2012 - Aug 2012)
- Vice President Community & CTO • New Media Consortium • (Apr 2006 - Mar 2011)
- Instructional Technologist • Maricopa Community Colleges • (May 1992 - Apr 2006)
- Reclaim Hosting Fellowship (Apri 2018- present) • announcement
- International Specialised Skills Institute Fellowship Victoria, Australia • (Nov 2017) • portfolio
- STEMMED Fellow • (Feb 2016) • Universidad del Sagrado Corazón • portfolio
- Open Learning Scholar • (Oct 2014 - Mar 2015) • Thompson Rivers University • portfolio
- Visiting Fellowship • (May 2014) • The Open University
- ELI Fellow • (May 2011 - June 2013) • EDUCAUSE
- Flexible Learning Leader (Australia) (October 2007) • Blog
On Stage (selected presentations)
See the Best of Show collection of presentations and workshop materials and archives.
- Developing Digital Fluency through the Open Web & Connected Learning (April 2018) presentation and workshop for the Digital Media Learning Lab at Coventry University
- Staking Your Claim: How the Open Web is Won for Teaching and Learning (DML Workshop) (Oct 2017) Digital Media Lab Pre-conference workshop co-facilitated with Kim Jaxon
- About Those Flying Cars They Promised Us... (June 2017) keynote presentation for the 50th ASCUE conference
- In the MOOD: Building the Creative Commons Certification (November 2016) co-presented with Paul Stacey at the 2016 Open Education conference in Richmond, VA.
- This is Not a Blog (Dec 2015) invited talk for Justice Institute of British Columbia
- Ordinary/Amazing Stories of Connection (Oct 2015) keynote for K12 Online Conference
- +/- memorable (Oct 2015) TEDxUSagradoCorazon, San Juan, PR
- What The Web! (Mar 2015) Keynote for TCC 2015 Conference, Honolulu, HI
- Lockridge, R.L., Levine, A and Funes, M 2014. A DS106 Thing Happened on the Way to the 3M Tech Forum. Journal of Interactive Media in Education 2014(2):6, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/jime.ag.
- Levine, Alan, A MOOC or Not a MOOC: ds106 Questions the Form in Krause, S and Lowe, C, ed Invasion of the MOOCs: The Promises and Perils of Massive Open Online Courses (2014). Anderson: Parlor Press, http://www.parlorpress.com/invasion_of_the_moocs.
- Levine, Alan. ds106: Not a Course, Not Like Any MOOC. EDUCAUSE Review, January-February 2013., http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/ds106-not-course-not-any-mooc.
- Levine, Alan. Experiments in Web Storytelling. Journal of Museum Education, Volume 36, Number 3, Fall 2011, pp. 249–260.
- Alexander, Bryan and Levine, Alan. Web 2.0 Storytelling: Emergence of a New Genre. EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 43, no. 6 (November/December 2008), http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/web-20-storytelling-emergence-new-genre.