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2024 Virtual Teaching and Learning Symposium
“The Futures of Higher Education”

Thank you all for your interest in the UWM Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s 9th Annual Teaching and Learning Symposium held virtually, Thursday, 11 January 2024. Information about the keynote, as well as a recording, and slides are available below.

Keynote Address:
“The Futures of Higher Education”


Dr. Bryan Alexander

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Bryan Alexander, spoke on “The Futures of Higher Education” and offered tangible steps we can take to enhance teaching, learning, and student support.

Over the past two decades, the academic landscape has been forced to adapt to rapid technological developments, shifting market forces, a worldwide pandemic, and declining enrollment. Dr. Alexander’s keynote will delineate important educational trends to watch, tangible responses to challenges we can apply, and opportunities afforded by the evolving technological landscape.


Keynote Recording


Keynote Slides


About Dr. Alexander

Dr. Bryan Alexander is an award–winning, internationally known futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of higher education’s future. 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.

Dr. Alexander then 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 speaks widely and publishes frequently, with articles appearing in venues including The Atlantic Monthly, and Inside Higher Ed. He has been interviewed by and featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, the Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report, National Public Radio (NPR) (2017, 2020, 2020, 2020, 2020), the Chronicle of Higher Education (2016, 2020), the Atlantic Monthly, Reuters, Times Higher Education, the National Association of College and University Business Officers, Pew Research, Campus Technology, The Hustle, Minnesota Public Radio, USA Today, and the Connected Learning Alliance.

Bryan’s book Academia Next: The Futures of Higher Education (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020), won an Association of Professional Futurists award. His latest book, Universities on Fire: Higher Education in the Age of Climate Crisis, appeared from Johns Hopkins in 2023. His other books include Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling (second edition).

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



Please direct any questions about the CETL 2024 Symposium to Adam Fehring, afehring@uwm.edu.