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In tandem with my commitment to use design and education as a means for fostering authentic connections between humans, I am also committed to integrating technology seamlessly into the graphic design learning experience. Embracing the dynamic nature of our field, where proficiency in innovative design tools is paramount, my approach is multi-faceted. My goals are to leverage technology to increase student engagement, encourage collaboration and group discourse, and ensure student proficiency as they navigate the suite of innovative design programs. Students will receive comprehensive guidance in mastering the latest software and applications, and they will be provided with tools that will encourage active and hands-on experimentation, allow for numerous means of communication, and offer several paths to success throughout the learning process. This UDL approach provides students with multiple modes of engagement, representation and expression during their journey, allowing them to discover their personal strengths, passions and interests throughout the learning process.

Philosophy

Teaching with Technology

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Students require multiple modes of engagement, representation and expression throughout their learning journey. 

Staying Relevant and Responsive
Recognizing the importance of adaptability in a rapidly evolving industry, I am committed to staying abreast of emerging technologies and acknowledge that the learning process is never-ending. While I am an expert in Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator, I am constantly inspired by my peers, colleagues and most importantly, my students. Their insights introduce me to new and exciting ways of utilizing these powerful tools. It is essential that the learning process remains dynamic and interactive for everyone, which can be achieved by leveraging tools that enable real-time participation and collective brainstorming. Platforms like Miro serve as virtual whiteboards, allowing student to actively engage with design systems, problem-solve together and receive instant feedback from myself and their peers. Further enhancement comes through interactive teaching tools, such as live polling during class sessions. Resources like Poll Everywhere empower students to become an active part of the curriculum progression, and enable me to gauge student comprehension, make adaptations to the pace of instruction as needed, and tailor the learning experience to the unique needs and desires of each student.

Mirroring Professional Experience
Having spent over twenty years in the professional sector, I am dedicated to imparting real-world challenges and hands-on learning to help students master new design software. The integration of virtual labs and practical exercises into the curriculum serves as a bridge between theoretical knowledge and practical application, enabling students to navigate complex design systems with confidence. Online discussion boards and interactive project-management tools also play a pivotal role in extending learning beyond the classroom. Through these platforms, students participate in meaningful discussion, share fresh insights, critique each other’s work and maintain creative momentum. When undertaking group projects, students have the option of using tools like Notion to streamline workflow, assign roles and responsibilities, share resources and actively contribute to project timelines and milestones. This collaborative process fosters a sense of community, encourages collective problem-solving, and aligns students with common goals, mirroring the dynamics of the professional design industry. The use of such adaptive and innovative tools not only direct students towards technical proficiency, it allows them to make long-lasting connections with their peers that will be invaluable to them as they transition into the professional sector.

I created this video demonstration as an example of how I would use technology to walk students through design applications like Adobe Photoshop. Recorded tutorials allow students to practice skills in complex software at their own pace and flow, and serve as a resource to come back to as needed. Students are given a wealth of assets to experiment with, in hopes that they will find ways to infuse their personal design techniques into the end product. The assignment is structured enough to create clear metrics of success and loose enough to allow for personal interpretation.

Sample Video Instruction: Photoshop Tutorial

The assignment below was developed for a Senior Portfolio course, which allows students to showcase their unique body of work through various modes of expression, with emphasis placed on their portfolio website, resume, cover letter and social media presence. Another primary goal of the course is to find ways for students to confidently present their work and process through written, verbal and digital communication, which is what this assignment is geared towards.

The Assignment: A Quick Digital Intro
As you begin to look for work as a professional designer, you will be faced with the frequent task of having to introduce yourself in the digital space to an array of people you’ve never met before. These introductions could be part of a job application process, the result of being referred by someone in your network/member of the faculty, or it may be a ‘cold call’, or blind communication as you are trying to meet people within an organization that you are interested in learning more about. Your assignment is to create an introduction using digital tools which are easy to access and free to use. Your introduction should feel unique and true to your personal design approach. Consider this an elevator pitch with wings: it should be concise and direct, but give your audience the chance to see your design in form/action.

Choose one of the following:

1. A direct message on social media
Choose your preferred channel (Instagram, LinkedIn, TikTok or another platform you are familiar with) and create a short written introduction which includes supplemental visual references through that channel. This could be a case study that you have shared with your network or a specific post on your feed that feels relevant to your intended audience. Be clear about why you’re sliding into their DMs and what kind of follow-up you are looking for. Try to keep this under 120 words.


2. A short video/animation
With the intent on sharing on platforms like TikTok or Instagram Reels, create a short video which speaks to your personal design aesthetic, your career ambitions and/or your design approach. Keep this under 30 seconds.
 

3. A direct referral
There will be times when someone you already know is connected to a person you are hopeful to meet. Using one of two the methods above, draft your introduction with the intent of someone else passing your information along. Give them as much context as possible so that they have to do little more than taking what you have provided and sending it to the person you have requested, ideally with some positive words of their own. Try to keep this under 120 words.

Sample Assignment: The Digital Introduction

The Grading Rubric

More Case Studies

The slideshow/lecture below was also developed for a Senior Portfolio course, with intention to . Another primary goal of the course is to find ways for students to confidently present their work and process through written, verbal and digital communication, which is what this assignment is geared towards


The Interactive Slideshow:
 

Sample Presentation: Portfolio Research

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