Batson was President of the Association for Authentic, Experiential and Evidence-Based Learning until 2017.He has served as either a professor of English or in a lead role for academic computing at 8 different universities, the last of which was MIT. Batson has been a national leader in educational technology since 1986.
Over the past two years, he has been working on a book that interprets what we know about human evolution to better guide higher education as it re-shapes itself. If we want to know where we go from here, it is good to know how we got to where we are now. What are the salient strengths of humans and how can we develop those strengths in students? This is a surprisingly rich way to plan the transformation of higher education.