• Alan Levine

  • a.k.a CogDog

  • Here is His Dog House

Barks and Plays on the Web...


Meet CogDog

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visual thinkery graphic by @bryanmmathers

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 recent interests are new forms of web storytelling and creativity (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106, teaching and building sites for connected courses like Networked Narratives, and unleasing these strange things 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 Coventry University, the University of Guadalajara, Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, eCampus Ontario, 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 program for Creative Commons, and adjunct teaching in 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.

Past Work Lives
Other Stops Along the Way
On Stage (selected presentations)

See the full collection of presentations and workshops

In Print
In Video




Web Work

I've been making web sites since 1993, always climbing the learning curve. Much of the work below is built in Wordpress, with fair amount of custom coding. Also included are samples of digital storytelling sites, my interest in photography, and assorted bits of programming. Like the cobblers children needing shoes, my own web site portfolio is a bit bare because I am busy making sites for others, e,g, there's a lot of updates due here.

Ask About My Work

Got Idea?

These are a few of the organizations I have done work for lately... you know what to do if you want your icon up that row, correct?


Bark for Me!

Got something to say, ask? Want to run with the Big Dogs? Don't just howl wildly at the moon, reach out and contact me.

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