Alan Levine


Alan Levine is an innovator in educational technology, currently working as an independent consultant under his firm, CogDog It ( His interests include web-based story telling, digital photography, web technology, blogging, and anything else that involves being creative online. He is widely recognized nationally and internationally for expertise in the application of new technologies to educational environments and was a pioneer on the web starting back to 1993. An early proponent of blogs for information sharing, in 2003 he started sharing his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog ( His recent interests has been on new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106 ( Most recently Alan was an Instructional Technology Specialist at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Beyond supporting faculty with use of online technologies, he taught a section of ds106, the open Digital Storytelling class, both in person and as a fully online course. His previous position was Vice President Community & CTO for the New Media Consortium (NMC), an international consortium of hundreds of world-class universities, colleges, museums, research centers, and technology companies, dedicated to using new technologies to support learning and creative expression. In his role, Alan infused the organization with applications of web 2.0 tools, including a new NMC web site as an online community featuring rich media, user-generated content, folksonomy tools, and social presence. He designed web and wiki-based systems for many NMC projects, and was a lead researcher for the NMC’s series of Horizon Reports. Before joining the NMC, Alan served 14 years as 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 promoted innovation and drove change, 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. Alan works from home in Strawberry, Arizona and sharing the amazing things that can happen from dipping inton the nearly infinite river of the internet.

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