Monthly Archives: January 2012

Hi There

Since I’m the new member of the ITG troupe, I thought I would give a brief introduction of myself to those whom I didn’t meet in my previous position.

My name is Trip Kirkpatrick and I’m denoted as a Senior Instructional Technologist. My home at Yale from February 2004 to December 2011 was the Center for Language Study as an Academic Technology Specialist, where I worked with language lectors in exploring language technology and pedagogy and their intersections. In particular, I worked on examining how learning writing in a foreign language could be done through blogging and the conversational affordances of blogging. In addition, I led sessions on editing video media, on using place-based instruction, and using WordPress for writing of all types.

There are too many things interesting in the world for me to have a short and fixed list of professional interests, but among my current or lasting ones are writing (especially reflective writing), digital humanities as embedded in the peculiar Yale world, increased student participation in Yale courses (even to the point of helping work out the course direction), and learning new things to give me new perspective on the Yale teaching and learning ecosystem. More specifically, I’m walking through the UT Austin Foreign Language Teaching Methods course at a snail’s pace of one session weekly, I’m teaching myself python with the help of Learn Python the Hard Way and Yale library electronic resources, and doing work on some interesting projects including the Yale Himalaya Initiative (not Himalayan as that news item says).

After too long talking to others about blogging, I finally got my own professional blog off the ground, though I’m setting a low bar for myself right now. I can assert, however, that it will likely always be in flux. I spend a little more time on Twitter than with the blog, but publicizing it should help me keep on track. For my own learning and performance, like students I see (and professors/instructors, for that matter), putting my writing out into the public eye serves as a goad to continue writing.