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Challenges and Opportunities with WordPress in Higher Ed

Trip Kirkpatrick
Trip Kirkpatrick is a digital scholarship technologist in the Yale University Library, with primary experience in Humanities. He has co-coordinated the Digital Humanities Working Group of the Whitney Humanities Center, and led the Collaborative Learning Center, a joint project of Yale University Library, ITS, the Center for Language Study, and the Graduate Teaching Center. He has also been seen leading a hands-on media lab for Yale’s node of the FemTechNet DOCC. His interests include online exhibits, digital scholarly communication with WordPress, plurilingualism and pluriculturalism in Digital Humanities, and historical irreproducibilities such as unrecorded sound or other sensory phenomena, as well as issues in introducing digital scholarship in a highly traditional research institution.

Alyssa Marinaccio
Alyssa Marinaccio is an Academic Technologist in Information Technology Services at Wesleyan University. She supports faculty, students and staff with Wordpress websites. She received a B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematics from Keene State College and a M.Ed in Online Instructional Design from Plymouth State University. Prior to Wesleyan, she worked as the Assistive Technology Coordinator in the Center for Students with Disabilities at the University of Connecticut and the Assistive Technology Coordinator in the Office of Disability Services at Keene State College. She brings over seven years of experience in Assistive Technology and Accessibility. In addition, she has been teaching for six years as an adjunct in a variety of Computer Science and Mathematics courses.

Michael McGlynn
Michael McGlynn is a web developer and project manager who lives in historic Providence, Rhode Island. He's been building websites professionally since 1994 and is passionate about the web and the technologies used to build it.

Michael has owned Reignition LLC, a small design, development and project management firm since 2002. He's been working in higher education since the mid-2000s.

Patrick Murray-John
Patrick received his Ph.D. in Early English Medieval Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After serving in a variety of teaching roles at the University of Mary Washington and the University of Richmond, he moved to a new role in educational technology at UMW, where he worked with WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, and developed new technologies for innovative teaching. Following that position, he was a developer and Director for Developer Outreach for Omeka at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University. In October 2018, he joined the Digital Scholarship Group at Northeastern University, where he currently guides the technical development of various projects serving the university and broader community.

Pam Patterson
Pam Patterson is a digital scholarship technologist in the Yale University Library. She’s been providing technology support for faculty and students for over 20 years. Her focus has been on creation, management, and presentation of digital assets in the classroom and in research workflows. For the past 10 years, she’s been the primary support and lead on the use of WordPress at Yale, for courses, professional identity, and research. She also engages in the support of other web-based tools for teaching and learning and has a strong skill set in using web technologies to promote active learning and digital citizenship.

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