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Yitna B. Firdyiwek

Unit: College of Arts and Sciences
Department: Technology Strategies
Office location and address
126 Randall Hall
1605 Jefferson Park Ave
Charlottesville, Virginia 22904

Yitna is an Instructional Designer in the A&S Learning Design & Technology group. From 1997-2009 Yitna was a technology advisor in the University's Teaching + Technology Initiative. He then moved on to work on the University's LMS, UVaCollab.  In his current position, he supports instructors in the College on the design, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to technology integration in undergraduate courses. Yitna has a PhD in Instructional Technology from the Curry School and two Masters, one in Linguistics and one in Creative Writing.

XHOS 1559: New Class in Xhosa
Credits: 1–4
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of Xhosa language or literature.
ELA 2600: Collect, Select, Reflect
Credits: 1
Transcripts and resumes in the 21st century have to be more than documentation on paper. This is not only because computers have become ubiquitous, but also because digital technology allows us to represent who we are to others and to ourselves in more multi-dimensional ways than print can. In this class you will assemble three e-portfolios. Together students will view, critique, and give feedback to each other's work.
LASE 3559: New Course in the Liberal Arts
Credits: 1–6
This course provides the opportunity to explore a range of topics in the liberal arts and sciences.
ISSS 3870: Eportfolios in Undergraduate Education
Credits: 3
Engages students in inventorying their interdisciplinary and extracurricular experiences, and assembling a digital narrative and collection of artifacts (eportfolio). Presents foundational learning experience for students to develop writing, graphic composition, integrative, and self-reflective and -authorship skills. Guides students in developing autonomy and agency, as they produce digital representations of themselves and their achievements.
ISSS 3888: Looking Through the Philosophic Lens of Technology
Credits: 3
Explores ways in which the history and philosophy of technology can inform today's liberal arts students about the role of technology in our society. Covers current and historical topics as well as explores and develops a personal philosophic approach to the application of technology.