KEYNOTE ADDRESS and Q&A: Teaching Towards the Future (90 mins) with remarks from GMU President Washington


  • Bryan Alexander



Watch the full Keynote Address w/ Q&A via this link.

How will higher education change over the next generation? In this session we begin by exploring the major trends reshaping colleges and universities, from demographics and enrollment to technology and policy. Next we share several scenarios of potential campuses of the year 2035, each changed from today's institutions thanks to one or more of these forces.


Author Biography

Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is an internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.  Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana.  There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.

From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies.  With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow.  Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.

In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC.  Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad.  Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, Inside Higher Ed.  He has been interviewed by and featured in the Washington PostMSNBC,  US News and World ReportNational Public Radiothe Chronicle of Higher Educationthe National Association of College and University Business OfficersPew ResearchCampus Technology, and the Connected Learning Alliance.

Bryan is currently a senior scholar at Georgetown University and teaches graduate seminars in their Learning, Design, and Technology program.

He recently finished Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education for Johns Hopkins University Press (January 2020).  His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition).

You can find his c.v. here: BryanAlexander_cv 2018