Yitna Firdyiwek, Ph.D.
Instructional Designer
Learning Design & Technology
College of Arts & Sciences University of Virginia
Tel: (434) 924-3383

Yitna Firdyiwek is an Instructional Designer in the Learning Design & Technology group in the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia.

From 1997-2009 he was actively involved in the University of Virginia's Teaching + Technology Initiative supporting faculty projects. He went on to work with UVaCollab, the University's Learning Management System, where he focused on integrating external applications and also developed the "interactive syllabus" project. He is currently involved with learning technology initiatives in the College of Arts and Sciences and works with instructors on the design, development, and implementation of innovative approaches to technology integration in undergraduate courses.

Yitna is interested in the use of electronic portfolios for reflective learning and authentic assessment, and has published collaboratively on these topics. He is also interested in deisnging for learning management systems, as well as technology enhanced classroom environments in general.

Yitna has a PhD in Instructional Technology from the Curry School and two Masters, one in Linguistics (George Mason University) and one in Creative Writing (Brown University).

When he is able to, Yitna keeps one foot in the undergraduate classroom developing "anchor courses" for e-portfolios, and teaching a reading and writing course in the history and philosophy of technology.

Yitna is a naturalized US citizen (native of Ethiopia), and lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.