Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE). He researches, writes, and speaks about emerging trends in the integration of inquiry, pedagogy, and technology and their potential application to liberal arts contexts. Dr. Alexander’s current research interests include emerging pedagogical forms enabled by mobile technologies, learning processes and outcomes associated with immersive environments (as in gaming and augmented reality), the rise of digital humanities, the transformation of scholarly communication, digital storytelling, and futurist methodologies.

Dr. Alexander is author of The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media, published in April 2011 by Praeger. He is active online, combining research with communication across multiple venues. He runs the NITLE futures market, a crowd-sourced prediction game. He contributes to Techne, NITLE’s blog, and was lead author for eight years on it predecessor, Liberal Education Today (archive). He also tweets steadily at @BryanAlexander.

Born in New York City, Dr. Alexander earned his Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan in 1997, completing a dissertation on Romantic-era Gothic literature. He taught English literature, writing, information literacy, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana from 1997 through 2002. He was a 2004 fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute. He lives on a Vermont homestead with his family, where they raise animals and crops, combining broadband with a low-tech lifestyle.

  • Session proposal: prediction markets

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    What are prediction markets? How can we use them for education or analysis?

    I’ve been running a futures market game for education and technology since 2008. It’s been a learning experience, valuable research tool, and networking/ crowdsourcing platform.  It’s been playful and chaotic.

    When I show this to different colleges and universities, an interestingly diverse crowd gets excited.  That swarm includes sports fans, business-minded folk, and gamers.

    We can use this one as an example, and also point to others, like the classic Iowa Electronic Markets.  We can also explore the history and uses of prediction markets, from the Pentagon’s ill-fated attempt to Google’s quiet one.

    Here’s a little article I wrote explaining the NITLE game. This other piece situates prediction markets in the broader futures context.