Adjunct Professorship at Ohio University
I have been fortunate enough to have the experience of teaching in the university setting.
My teaching philosophy boils down to doing > learning, and I structure my courses to mimic the output and expectations that students can expect to encounter in the real world. This is not to dismiss learning, it is just to say that learning all the things in the world is useless if you do not apply the knowledge and actually do stuff. My students were exposed to insights and experiences I have gleaned from working for myself, with clients, in a mid-size private company, and in a public institution.
Interactive Multimedia IIFall Semester 2016/17
This course was the second in the Scripps School of Visual Communication's "Interactive Multimedia" major sequence, and it introduced students to website development. The first course familiarized students with web design principles, information architecture, and what HTML and CSS are and how to read them. My course introduced students to the technical architecture of the internet and quickly threw them into topics such as the Document Object Model (DOM), understanding HTML code and document structure, CSS rules and inheritance, and culminated to building a full website for themselves.
Being my first experience in teaching a college course, it taught me a lot about myself and about teaching. I realized that even with a deep knowledge of the topic, if I could not relate it in simple terms and reinforce concepts with directed practice then students would struggle to actually understand what was being demonstrated. After guiding students through coding exercises as a class, it became clear that students responded better to recieving a task to accomplish using course concepts than they did to following along and copying code examples. It was humbling (to say the least) to read the anonymous course evaluations and it definitely gave me points to work on for the future.
This course gave me an opportunity to reinforce and expand my own programming knowledge. I'm a self-taught programmer and it was rewarding to see students gain a solid understanding of programming so quickly as a result of how I chunked the material and presented the concepts. I recieved very positive feedback from the students and stoked an interest in deeper web development for them.
Introduction to Publication Design (for non-majors)Spring Semester 2016/17 and 2017/18
The Scripps School of Communication offered their Intro to Publication Design to students not majoring in Visual Communication and I taught an online section of the course with between 12 and 18 students. This course introduced the fundamentals of design (contrast, repetition, alignment, proximity) through various design projects that also taught them how to use professional design tools like Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop.
It was challenging teaching an online course, and I learned how to give meaningful and valuable feedback in an entirely digital format. This amounted to me doing a screen capture while viewing student work and talking through points of their design while highlighting those things on-screen. It was a fun course to keep my design knowledge fresh and I felt like a creative director most of the time, coaching individuals to create their best work possible.