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
- 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)
- 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
- The BS of Storytelling (Jun 2015) keynote for Computer Assisted Law Instruction (CALI) conference, Denver, CO
- What The Web! (Mar 2015) Keynote for TCC 2015 Conference, Honolulu, HI
- Shar-E-Fest (Oct 2014) Keynote and 10 day speaking tour, New Zealand
- Do You Every Wonder What Happened to Wonder? (Sep 2014) invited presentation University of Texas Arlington
- Picture This (Jul 2014) Arizona K12 Center Camp Plug and Play, Tucson, AZ
- Storythinking > Storymaking > Storytelling (May 2014) keynote for Riding the Wave of Change Conference, Gimli, Manitoba
- Enquire Within Upon Everything: True Stories of the Wondrous Web (Apr 2014) keynote for eLearning Consortium of Colorado
- Making / Telling Stories That Matter (Mar 2014) invited talk, Skidmore College, NY
- 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.