Raconteur for Education’s Digital Age to Speak

| October 4, 2011

Bryan Alexander, senior fellow at the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education, known as NITLE, will present “The New Digital Storytelling: Narratives for Education,” at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the 1948 Theater at the Sweet Briar College Fitness and Athletics Center.

Alexander, an expert in applying current and emerging technologies to enhance liberal arts education, will discuss the many ways digital technology can be used for effective communication. He has recently published a book on the subject, “The New Digital Storytelling: Creating Narratives with New Media.”

The book surveys the array of options that are readily available, including blogging, gaming, social media, podcasts and Web video. While digital media isn’t new, access to so many mediums by the general public is, Alexander says, and it is no longer necessary to be “tech-savvy” to use them.

Alexander’s book puts the “modern expression of the ancient art of storytelling” into historical context, in addition to illustrating how everyone can learn to make creative use of new media.

During the presentation, he will talk about the book, drawing on his own experience and research to describe how these various media offer “pathways for creativity, interactivity and self-expression.”

Alexander, who has a doctorate in English, has taught English, writing, information literacy and information technology studies. In addition to his ongoing research, he runs the NITLE futures market, a crowd-sourced prediction game. He contributes to Techne, NITLE’s blog, and was the lead author for eight years on its predecessor, Liberal Education Today. He tweets at @BryanAlexander.

For more information, call (434) 381-6205.

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