About

Welcome! I’m denoted as a Digital Scholarship Technologist in the Digital Scholarship Services group of the Yale University Library, but I’m oh so much more than that. My home at Yale from December 2011 to August 2018 was, in various iterations, the instructional technology group (even with a name of Instructional Technology Group when I joined it), and from February 2004 to December 2011 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 (including co-construction of courses), and learning new things to give me new perspective on the Yale teaching and learning ecosystem. For a while I was walking through the UT Austin Foreign Language Teaching Methods course at a snail’s pace of one session weekly, 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).

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.