teaching philosophy and selection of course stewardship
The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires. -Willliam Arthur Ward
I aim not only to empower students with an employable web design skillset, but to inspire them. My teaching style is hands-on and quick-paced. I try to avoid buzzwords like 'flipped classroom', 'hybrid', 'technology in the classroom', OER' etc. Being that I teach in a tech-heavy computer lab with devices that are constantly connected to the internet and software to boot, those teaching methods have always been part of my philosophy and style. My courses are very much interactive and project-based. Students actively work alongside me to learn the necessary skills for the demanding pace of technology.
I am somewhat informal in my teaching style and try to remain very open, accessible, and approachable for students. I encourage group work, collaboration and exploration through trial and error. I love being in the classroom watching the moment when a student grasps a new concept and the self-gratification they receive through the process of discovery and learning. I believe in the mentality that a great teacher helps students learn in a way in which the student feels like they've discovered or learned the concepts themselves. I try to give students all of the information necessary for success and let them discover and connect the last few dots.
I steward the following courses for the Visual Art & Design Department. This stewardship has come from my creation of the Web Design AAS degree and the Web Design CP, along with their accompanying PCO's and CCO's.
Students learn the knowledge and skills needed to build and manage professional websites using Dreamweaver and Fireworks. Students create interactive websites, graphics, animation, and advanced styling using HTML, CSS, and Java-script.
Continuation of web design principles to create advanced website designs by integrating animation, video, and audio along with CSS and Java-script libraries. Emphasis is placed on interface design principles and concepts.
In this capstone web design course students will learn the essentials of designing websites that have dynamically changing content. Basic knowledge and structure of database-driven websites with user-generated content using PHP and MySQL will be discussed. Foundations in validating and processing form data along with designing themes for open source content management systems are taught.
Students will develop the skills necessary to manage website development and design projects from conception to delivery. Students create project specifications based upon a client’s input and then write a project proposal, develop a project plan using the industry-leading project management software, manage a project, react to unexpected issues, and deliver a final product.
An Introductory course focused on using design software to create effective web page animation.
Covers the strategy and methodology in creating e-Commerce website designs. Topics include demographics of the Internet, opportunity and risk assessment, competitive analysis, current technologies, and e-Commerce trends.
Students will refine electronic, mobile, and web publishing techniques to create cutting edge publications and visual based applications for mobile devices and outlets such as the Apple App Store. This capstone course will review the latest trends in social media giving students exposure to many of the most popular trends in graphic arts, mobile publishing, and social media.
the web & creative software change fast, I keep pace
As an instructor of Web Design, I teach in a fast-moving world in both technological hardware and software. The pace at which the web evolves requires me to spend a great deal of time to keep current with industry trends and changes. The web has undergone a huge transformation with the onslaught of connected-everywhere devices and the myriad of form factors for viewing and interacting with web content.
I've kept pace with the changes that happen in the industry in the hardware and software realm. I try to do several professional development related websites and activities each year to ensure my curriculum and coursework is relevant and fits industry needs and trends. I've highlighted various projects, conferences, presentations, certifications and publications I've completed through my tenure at SLCC.
The Web Visions conference provided industry training, workshops, and break-out sessions during a four day period. I attended the entire conference and received training in Mobile web design trends and new industry technology.
The Consumer Electronics Conference is an annual conference where vendors introduce new, cutting edge technology. I attended the conference and several sessions, which gave me valuable insight into upcoming technologies, specifically in the Mobile Web and Mobile Publishing arena. I met several vendors, as well as many companies offering digital painting technologies.
This event was sponsored by Adobe. The event detailed creation of interactive e-Portfolios using Adobe’s PDF creation software. Interactive charts, web publishing, 3D model insertion, and form submission and data aggregation were among the topics covered.
This workshop was for faculty and students who want to learn basic principles of web accessibility. We discussed Section 508 and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and got hands-on practice applying these guidelines. Melissa Helquist of SLCC put on the workshop.
I completed the online workshop Video Series for an introduction to jQuery (by net.tutsplus.com's Jeffrey Way) over the course of 30 days. The course covered jQuery syntax and manipulating the Document Object Model (DOM) of websites. Form validation, CSS properties and jQuery-based animation were also among some of the learning outcomes of the course.
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I completed the iPad productivity workshop given at Professional Development Day.
I completed the Web Accessibility workshop given at Professional Development Day.
I completed the 25 hour course from Greg Hodgson offered through the Adobe Professional Exchange. The course featured designing and building a mobile application using Adobe Cordova.
I completed the 25 hour course from Greg Hodgson offered through the Adobe Professional Exchange. The course featured designing and building a website using the Adobe Muse software package.
I attended a two day comprehensive workshop in late February. The workshop was titled “Lightroom 3.0 START to FINISH WORKFLOW FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS Workshop with Jerry Courvoisier.” Lightroom is a photography workflow application in which I had little previous training.
I presented a workshop on Web design to concurrently enrolled students from local high schools interested in entering into the digital field. The presentation itself was two hours, and required four hours of prep time. The students leared how to embed virtual panoramic images into web pages.
I presented a three hour workshop during the concurrent enrollment workshop day entitled “Mobile App Publishing”. The workshop covered designing and building a simple mobile app game using Adobe Flash and then publishing the game to an iPad tablet device. Roughly twenty students enrolled in the workshop.
I wrote a tutorial on custom designed animated pre-loaders for use in Web UI projects for a large web design tutorial site. The article was published on September 11th 2012 in a leading web design online magazine.
I wrote a web design tutorial that is published at studentwebhosting.com. It covers how to use some of the latest CSS3 selectors for advanced web design students. The tutorial includes many of the new features that are present in the CSS3 working draft specification.
I published a web tutorial on StudentWebHosting.com for CSS3 selectors.
I rewrote a different version of the animated pre-loader tutorial for the Adobe Educators 2012 Choice Awards. The submission was submitted under the category "Technical CS6 Tutorial".
Chris Manfry, of Spy Hop, asked me to give a presentation on the current state of web design. The presentation was one hour along with two hours of slide/presentation preparation time. I overviewed the workflow for web designers, current web design trends, and the job prospects for budding web designers.
I oversaw internships with students at the following web design firms: Full Service Web Design, Cumulus Media, Vox-Creative, and Sawgrass Shack.
I judged the web design category at the Utah Digital Media Arts Festival held at the UVU campus.
A professional organization for educators in the digital arts. I actively participate and share resources and am in the top 5th percentile for points among members.
An association for web professionals in Higher Education. The association features conferences and many other resources for web professionals in education.
Attained this industry certification from Adobe.
Attained this industry certification from Adobe.
Attained this industry certification from Adobe.
In conjunction with Svetlana 0’Meara (the Webmaster for Salt Lake Community College) I worked with a small group of students to propose design changes to the SLCC.edu homepage as part of the vendor CMS change.
I completed the FTCL course offered by Salt Lake Community College to advance my knowledge and skillset in teaching methods and college support offered through FTLC.
I joined the Utah PHP User group to network with web professionals in the Salt Lake valley.
I created and filmed an entire six hour course about animation with Adobe Flash CC. This course featured over 200 multiple choice questions and was aimed at getting students ready for the ACA Adobe Exam.
I completed a project for fellow faculty member Ed Rosenberger to redo his current website. The new website is fully responsive and works on all devices using HTML5. The site is built on top of the WordPress CMS.
I contracted to build a website for a veterinarian specializing in Equine rehabilitation and diagnosis. The site features interactive Google maps, a Google docs powered new client form and responsive design.
I built a website for parents of young children to post and get ideas for fun family-centered activities for children.
I built and launched an online submission system for Art Galleries, Curators, and Art Directors. The system features the ability to accept submissions for juried art shows via web submission and file upload. The system also features online jurying of submissions along with optional payment and entry fees. The system required hundreds of hours of development time.
EnterZenHere.com required an update to their self-paced Yoga video instructions website online. I contracted with them to update the video player and provide several other features to their website. The new media player allows for videos to be displayed in either Flash (FLV) format for desktop browsers or HTML5 (h264) format for tablet and mobile devices.
I contracted with UtahDefenseCounsel.com to provide an update to the website in order to improve SEO and reduce redundant information spread from former associates of the business. I updated much of the website's WordPress theme and dramatically simplified the HTML & CSS code to ensure faster page load times and more standards-compliant HTML. Many of the effects that were previously created with images were updated to use CSS instead.
I created a video-based web design tutorial website where users can subscribe to education series in order to learn web design in a self-paced environment. The website is built on top of WordPress and features a custom responsive theme. Videos were recorded in high definition format and are delivered through an HTML5 video based player. Currently the website features four series: Photoshop for Web Design, HTML Essentials, CSS Essentials, and Practical HTML & CSS.
I created a hosting service geared towards students and teachers. The project included a custom-designed WordPress theme. The site features full-range professional level hosting, with educational videos geared for web design students.
I created a product called GRP.EMAIL aimed at making sending and receiving group emails a painless task. The project featured a database and HTML email design for various mail applications.
I developed on online registration system for AlpineNavigator.com. The system features payment details and service ordering along with custom email notifications, Google calendar event generation and custom jQuery based web forms for service selection.
I developed and distributed an iPhone and iPad application using Adobe Flash. The app is called Actionary and is available for download on the Apple App Store
As part of an initiative to simplify the submission process for the Student Art Showcase, I developed an entire online-based submission website for our department.
I developed and distributed an iPhone application using Adobe Flash professional, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator. I created all of the graphical assets, designed the user interface and animated all of the application. The iPhone application has thousands of lines of Action Script 3.0 programming language, with interactive menus, sound, and animations. This application received the honored "New & Noteworthy" category feature from Apple
I completely redesigned the website MuleyMadness.com. I ported the entire codebase which was written in a custom PHP script to run on the open source Wordpress CMS. Along with these changes, I created a states outfitting searchable service with interactive Google Maps overlaid on hunting areas for Colorado. Thousands of lines of PHP code and many design files were used over the course of several months. The new site is live and can be found at MuleyMadness.com.
Blackgreen hired me to do consulting & design work for their new startup. I developed a company website and did marketing and corporate identity research along with web consulting.
As part of the 3.5 million dollar grant won by the college for Solar Energy Training from the Department of Energy, I oversaw and managed the entire project website, including putting together a student team consisting of three students.
I created a dedicated website for students completing the web design courses at SLCC. The site features video-based lectures, course content, and sample student design websites.
school, department, and college committees and service
You are what you do, not what you say you'll do. C.G. Jung
Service is a key component to a successful tenure in one's society and professional life. I often stay after class late, schedule one-on-ones with students, and tutor and mentor past graduates through email and other means.
I've played a role on many committees and organizations both within Salt Lake Community College and the community at large. I've represented the Visual Art & Design department through various college and service committees. In addition to the committee work, I've actively developed many new course offerings and degrees and certificates within the VAD department. A sampling of this committee and serve work is outlined below.
I joined the eLearning and Educational Technologies committee.
I served as a member of the Faculty Load taskforce, which is an SLCC committee set up with the charge of finding inequalities throughout the entire college in regards to faculty load and compensation. The committee meets twice a month and is charged with finding inequalities and also recommending possible resolutions.
I served on the Faculty Senate as the Visual Art & Design Department representative. This committee is a SLCC committee and meets twice per month.
I served on the Quality Higher Education Council. This committee is a SLCC committee and meets twice per month.
Served on the merit ranking committee charged with assessing merit to the entire school's applicants
I served on the hiring committee for a new Web Design instructor as part of the CBJT Department of Labor grant. I worked work closely with the newly hired faculty member on curriculum and program development and served as her faculty mentor.
I served on the building committee for the new Center for Arts and Media at South City Campus.
I serve as the web design representative and oversee advising, curriculum, and assessment for the VAD AAS Web Design Degree.
I accompanied and advised the Visual Art & Design department winners to the national SkillsUSA competition held in Kansas City.
I am the web design advisor for the students competing from our department in the Web Design category of Skills USA. Over the years my teams have had 1st, 2nd, and 8th place finishes at the national competition and 1st and 3rd at the state level competition, boosting SLCC's brand as a top web design school.
I chaired the 2012 Student Art Showcase and was responsible for overseeing the entire production. As part of the duties I revamped our online submission website and coordinated and handled all show related details. The project spanned several months of planning, preparation, and execution.
I co-chaired the Student Art Showcase committee with Ed Rosenberger as Chair
I serve on the Student Art Showcase Committee and run the entire online submission process as well as name plate generation, and winners' certificate generation.
I served on the Computer Lab Committee. This committee is a Visual Art & Design Department committee tasked with managing and overseeing the many computer labs within the VAD.
I created the The Web Design Certificate of Completion in conjunction with Jessica Curran within the Visual Art & Design Department. It is officially listed on the college catalog.
I created the The Web Design AAS degree within the Visual Art & Design Department which is officially on the college catalog.
I created the The Web Design Certificate of Completion within the Visual Art & Design Department which is officially on the college catalog.
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "Mobile Publishing Seminar", which became part of the AAS in Web Design. This was done in conjuction with faculty member Jessica Curran
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "Dynamic Web Design", which became part of the AAS in Web Design.
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "Web Animation", which became part of the AAS in Web Design.
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "Web Project Management, which became part of the AAS in Web Design.
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "e-Commerce Design", which became part of the AAS in Web Design.
I created the CCO and course curriculum for a new offering titled "Web Design II", which became part of the AAS in Web Design.
referenced resources of accomplishments, credentials, memberships, etc.
Official rank application. Click the PDF icon to view PDF.
Official letters of progress. Click on the PDF icon to view PDF.
Official application cover leter. Click the icon to view PDF.
Sample of Tenure Form II Scores. Click the icon to view PDF.