Michael Scalero – Director of Learning Technology
Bryan Alexander – Educational technology futurist, researcher, consultant, and teacher
John Nastasi – Director of Product-Architecture Program, SSE
What is the role of higher education in a digitally rich landscape? Digital and networked technologies have challenged the traditional university framework. Increasingly, we are embracing new designs for virtual learning spaces in a highly-connected age, an age in which the hierarchies and gatekeepers of the old world have been flattened. While visual analysis has informed educational theory and design, there remains a need to understand the interface of the digital and the pedagogical (Bayne, 2008). In this digitally rich landscape, Stevens seeks to embark on new forms of scholarship in virtual learning spaces, hybrid course design, and learning analytics. The VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) will help Stevens move to a BYOD (Bring your Own Device) environment allowing students to access the newest versions of their programs anytime and anywhere, which will prevent redundancy in managing the learning space. The VLE will also promote learning by providing a dedicated space for students to save coursework and projects.
The goal of the Learning Tech Expo is to explore the way the new, connected learning environments can be used to enable modular and personalized learning. It is the opportunity to explore the intersection between technology and pedagogy as well as the changing trajectory of higher education. To explore these questions and more, join other members of the Stevens community for the 2015 Learning Tech Expo, which will feature interdisciplinary perspectives on teaching and learning with technology at Stevens.
Bryan Alexander is a 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. 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.