Patrick Crispen, Senior Manager, Learning Design and Technology
Patrick Crispen is the senior manager for learning design and technology in the University of Southern California's (USC) Center for Scholarly Technology. His responsibilities include the expansion of the learning management system (LMS), assessment of enterprise-level instructional technologies, and the realignment of support for the LMS and related systems within a federated model.
Crispen is also an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at USC's Rossier School of Education's online MAT@USC Master of Arts in Teaching program where he teaches classes on the application of theories of learning to classroom practice. Crispen received a doctorate in educational leadership from USC in 2010, a masters degree in educational technology (online) from Pepperdine University in 2001, and a bachelors degree in economics from the University of Alabama in 1998. Crispen's research focuses are the effective and efficient use of cognitive task analysis in education as well as the creation of enterprise-level evaluative frameworks to align existing educational technologies with the pedagogical needs of research-intensive higher education institutions.
Crispen has 25 years of experience in the field of educational technology. He was a simulations director for and founding staff member of the Space Academy Level II Program (now called "Advanced Space Academy") at the United States Space Camp, has authored four titles for the lynda.com online training library, has co-authored two classroom technology textbooks, and has been a consultant for several organizations including PriceWatehouseCoopers and the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT). He is also an advisory board member for USC's Kortschak Center For Learning and Creativity and is an Adobe Education Leader.
In the fall of 1994, Crispen created a free, 27 lesson Internet training workshop called "Roadmap." Over 500,000 people participated in Roadmap, making it the most popular Internet training workshop in history. Between 1995 and 2008, Crispen co-authored a free, semi-weekly internet newsletter called "The Internet Tourbus" that was read by over 100,000 people in over 130 countries. Distributed via an email list, the Tourbus newsletter focused on technology news, tips, advice, and tours of new or unusual web resources.
Between 1997 and 2011, Crispen was also an invited, weekly panelist on a call-in radio show on WGN Radio in Chicago. The show, the "Website Wednesday Night" portion of the "Steve and Johnnie" show, was broadcast live to 38 states and most of Canada on AM 720 and was also simulcast over the Internet. Callers from around the country asked computer- and technology-related questions which Crispen, and a panel of two other experts, answered.