Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Making MOOCs work on campus

What can we do with MOOCs in 2014, after that bubble has popped? In “Interactive Online Learning on Campus: Testing MOOCs and Other Platforms in Hybrid Formats in the University System of Maryland” (pdf) Rebecca Griffiths, Matthew Chingos, Christine, and Mulhern Richard … Continue reading

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On the hope and hype of MOOCs

Last fall I participated in an OCLC panel on MOOCs. This week OCLC published an article on that panel in the new issue of their NextSpace journal. The article is called “The hope and hype of MOOCs”, and offers a … Continue reading

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How can we reform the adjunct system?

How can American academia’s adjunct situation be improved?  What’s the best way to address this humanitarian crisis?  Can we fix this labor disaster? This question surfaced during a Twitter discussion today.  Several of us were criticizing the increased casualization of … Continue reading

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A law school sacrifices the queen

An American law school has joined colleges and universities in making harsh cuts to its core academic mission. Cooley Law has announced its own version of what I call the queen sacrifice. This case has many of the queen sacrifice’s now-established … Continue reading

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One scenario for scholarly research

Here’s me talking about one possible way we can do scholarly research online. (larger size here) It’s only a couple of minutes, so let me add a few thoughts: I’m talking about an individual faculty member or two.  It’s not … Continue reading

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Hotel internet connectivity: how bad is it?

Frequent travelers know what hotel internet connectivity can often be frustrating.  But I hit upon a principle, many years ago, that lets us understand the connection between hotel and WiFi. I called it Alexander’s Iron Law of Hotel Connectivity, and … Continue reading

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Starting a business: one year of success

One year ago I launched Bryan Alexander Consulting and changed my life.  It’s been a wild ride, and a successful one.  Since I vowed to share this work through social media, I’ll use this post to reflect back on year … Continue reading

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Quinnipiac pares back, otherwise maintains queen sacrifice

Quinnipiac university has reduce the number of faculty layoffs from 16 to 11, according to a local update.  That’s good news for the five reinstated instructors (although see the article for a process problem). But the university is still axing … Continue reading

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The power of convenience

Make magazine cites me in a recent newsletter.  They liked one of my lesser-developed arguments: “We should never underestimate the power of convenience,” Alexander said. “Wearable computing can make things easier for users, and that’s enough to drive adoption.” True … Continue reading

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My monthly report: triumphs and questions

As of today I’ve been publishing my Future Trends in Technology and Education (FTTE) report for one year*.   I’d like to reflect on its progress here, then ask you all for advice on a two questions. To begin with, … Continue reading

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