Bryan Alexander

Futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher at Georgetown University

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Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry. Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.

From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including the Atlantic Monthly and Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in the Washington Post, MSNBC, US News and World Report, National Public Radio, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance.

His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition). He is currently writing Transforming the University in the Twenty-First Century: The Next Generation of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (forthcoming 2019).


Date Time Session
August 8, 2019 1:00 – 2:30 pm Conference Closing & Keynote

Brilliant Technologies and Challenged Campuses: What’s Next in Ed Tech


Where is educational technology headed? How can we best grapple with emerging trends to enhance teaching, learning, and research? We begin by surveying where things stand, nearly 20 years into the 21st century. Some technologies and practices have become mainstreamed, including the learning management system, administrative systems, and office productivity apps. Others are still in the process of ingestion, such as social media, open education, and mobile devices. We will also consider emerging trends and redesigned academia.