Author Archives: Bryan Alexander

Thoughts on Earth Day 2023

On this Earth Day 2023 I’m thinking of many things.  My ongoing research into higher education and the climate crisis fills my mind with the sprawling dimensions of the problem: rising sea levels versus campuses, academic research and activist students, … Continue reading

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Instructors after AI

How will the current wave of artificial intelligence change college teaching? I’ve been thinking AI and education for years, and it’s all come into sharp focus lately, due to the advent of large language learning (LLM) bots like ChatGPT (previously). … Continue reading

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Come study with me at Georgetown University

Interested in learning more about education and technology? Today I’m taking in a gallery walk of student work.  This is for the academic program I teach in, Georgetown University’s Learning, Design, and Technology (LDT) master’s degree.  I’m busting with pride … Continue reading

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One small glimpse of upcoming campus climate change politics

I started writing this from the Denver airport, on the way to Colorado College, where I presented on colleges in the climate crisis.  I noodled further at different points on the next trip, to the University of Wisconsin-Stout, where I … Continue reading

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Digital storytelling with generative AI: notes on the appearance of #AICinema

Whenever we create a new communications technology, we try new ways of telling stories with it. That’s one of my long-running contentions.  I made it in digital storytelling workshops and my first book (ABC-CLIO; Amazon). My thinking is that humans … Continue reading

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My new book, Universities on Fire, is now in the world

Today is a good day for me.  My new book, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Climate Crisis, is now published.  It’s my Johns Hopkins University monograph on how colleges and universities might be impacted by climate change for … Continue reading

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How might higher education respond to GPT-4? A community conversation with Ruben Puentedura

What can colleges and universities do about generative AI?  How can academics respond to this fast-moving technology? Last Thursday we hosted computer scientist and ed tech leader Ruben Puentedura on the Future Trends Forum to explore the implications of large … Continue reading

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Imagining the climate crisis: notes on Extrapolations

How can we imagine the climate crisis in its full complexity, menace, and possibility? Answering this question is what climate fiction (never call it “cli-fi”) attempts to do. I’ve been exploring the field (some examples here), and wanted today to … Continue reading

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Slashing humanities degrees; preparing for a queen sacrifice?

Greetings from a rainy, chilly northeastern Virginia day. I’m buried on work, especially on climate change and AI, but wanted to note this story as I keep modeling post-peak higher education. In Minnesota is a pair of campuses, the College … Continue reading

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A flurry of AI releases now: GPT-4 and new educational projects

The generative AI world continues to develop at a very fast pace.  I’m buried in project work right now, but wanted to quickly note some developments. The big announcement today was OpenAI’s launch of GPT-4, the next version of its … Continue reading

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