• 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 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.

On Stage (selected presentations)

See the Best of Show collection of presentations and workshop materials and archives.

In Print
In Video



Work Portfolio

Sample Projects

I've been making web sites since 1993 and am always climbing the learning curve in both design and technology. Much of my recent work is via Wordpress with fair amount of custom coding, but also I do static HTML site work today, having done hand coding way back when. While most of my clients are in higher education, I also do work for not-for-profit organizations and local businesses too, and also donate web development time for community organizations.

My living depends on contract work that comes my way. If any of this catches your interest, there's a contact form below waiting for you.

Below are examples of my most recent work.

Ask About My Work

These the people, organizations, projects, business I have done work for... how about adding yours to the list?

Arizona K12 Center, Arizona Technology and Information Council, Baruch College, Claire Major, Coventry University, Creative Commons, Digital Media Lab, eCampus Ontario, Edible Garden Project, Emilio Vavarella, Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race, Full Circle Associates, George Veletsianos, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Hong Kong Knowledge Management Society, Honk Kong Institute of Science and Technology, Justice Institute of British Colombia, Kamloops Food Policy Council, Mariana Funes, Mindtouch, Mozilla, Open Learning Hub, Orton Family Foundation, Pine Farmers Market, Pine/Strawberry Fuel Reduction, Powerful Learning Practice Reclaim Hosting, Skidmore College, Society for Learning Analytics Research, THAT Brewery, The College of Wooster, The Doug Engelbart Institute, The Hague University of Applied Sciences, The Open University, The Randall House, Thomson Rivers University, Trinity Western University, United World College of Southeast Asia, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, University of Guadalajara, University of Saskatoon, University of Texas, Arlington, Vermont Trust, Virginia Commonwealth University, Wagner College, Yavapai Community College, Yokohama International School

You can also support my independent work via patreon


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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