Join the Secret Revolution!
Wednesday June 23
9:00 - 10:30
Room 150, TEL
Perhaps you’ve attended some high brow conference that produces 10 bullet points on “How to Change Education”– and not much happens. Maybe you work an at institution that restricts you from using a certain technology or forces you to use another. And while the image of a revolutionary edupunk is charming, most of us are not ready to burn down our organizations- we believe in their purpose. Despair not! There is something out there– an approach of creatively side stepping what limits us, to exploiting what we are forced to use in new ways, to sneak innovations in the back window that don’t rock the house.
You are invited to join the Secret Revolution, a movement of experimentation in new technologies, one of sharing what we do, connecting to others, all operating just below the radar. Collectively, we can generate more change in our educational system than any glossy white paper. And… it’s really not much of a secret!
Alan Levine is Vice President, NMC Community and Chief Technology Officer for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of learning-focused organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new technologies. Its hundreds of member institutions constitute an elite list of the most highly regarded colleges and universities in the world, as well as leading museums, key research centers, and some of the world’s most forward-thinking companies.
Alan is widely recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in the application of new technologies to educational environments and was a pioneer on the web going back to 1993. An early proponent of blogs and RSS for information sharing, he shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog (cogdogblog.com). More recently, he has been interested in new forms of web 2.0 storytelling, such as his 50 Web2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, as well as the ever expanding range of social/professional networking tools for connecting and sharing what we do online.
In his current post with the NMC, Alan has infused the organization with applications of web 2.0 tools, including re-making the NMC web site into an online community featuring rich media, user-generated content, folksonomy tools, and social presence. He has established web sites for all NMC projects, usually using open-source software. In addition, he runs activities such as the Connect@NMC webinars and the NMC Two Minute surveys. Before joining the NMC, Alan spent 14 years as an Instructional Technologist at the Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, Arizona where he was actively engaged in research and development of learning technologies. Alan was a key contributor to significant efforts such as Ocotillo, a faculty-led initiative that promotes innovation and drives change, he created the Maricopa Learning eXchange (MLX), a virtual warehouse of innovation that pioneered the use of RSS in syndicating learning object content, and developed Feed2JS, an open source software shared for allowing people to easily incorporate RSS content into web pages.