Student Work

My teaching portfolio features samples of student work culled from my experience at Elon University, the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, and the Art Institute of Austin.

Student Work [URLs listed under each entry]

1. Course Title: Interactive Media Capstone

Media: Multimedia Website, Video

Date: May 2016

Assignment: Capstone Thesis Project. Students are asked to create an interactive experience that culminates their graduate school experience.

Student: Jordynn McKnight


Description: La Mezcla Africana is an interactive site exploring the history of the African diaspora in the Americas and showcasing how that has affected identity. Through history, spoken word, music, and art, visitors get a glimpse into the complexity of the Afro-Latinx identity today.

2. Course Title: Producing Interactive Media

Media: Multimedia Website

Date: October 2014

Assignment: How To. Students are asked to create a step-by-step navigable tutorial with transitional animation to show “how to…” perform a common task. Students used Adobe Edge Animate to create timeline-based animations using vector graphics.

Student: Brandon Frye


Description: How to Build a Bottle Rocket

3. Course Title: Writing for Visual Media

Media: Print/PDF; Design Documentation

Date: May 2017

Assignment: Final Project Design Documentation

Student: Alexandra Fung


Description: Don’t Blink is an anti-propaganda movement aimed at educating millennials about modern propaganda tactics and providing them with the tools to identify and resist. The project consists of a website and PSA with additional accounts on social media, united through the hashtag #dontblink. This hashtag serves as a means to spread the movement’s message and gain audience engagement. The PSA will drive traffic to the website, which includes pages on describing the mission, educating millennials about propaganda, reporting instances of propaganda as they appear in real time, and providing opportunities for the audience to generate content, fighting propaganda with propaganda-style art.



4. Course Title: Writing for Visual Media

Media: Website

Date: May 2017

Assignment: Final Project Website Information Architecture

Student: Alexandra Fung


Description: Don’t Blink is an educational movement aimed at educating young Americans about modern propaganda, providing them with the tools to combat fake news and alternative facts. The homepage features the PSA and the movement’s social media feeds, as well as a form to sign up for project updates via the “Join the Movement” button.

5. Course Title: Producing Interactive Media

Media: Website (WordPress Customization)

Date: December 2017

Assignment: WordPress Technology Blog. Students are asked to choose a topic area pertinent to their future career in interactive media and write eight blog posts of 350-500 words exploring that area. These weekly and/or regular reflections allow students to shape their own experience in how technologies can be used in their future work. Students host these blogs on their own server with full control of WordPress plugins, theme design, and functionality.

Student: Chandler Cates-Wessel


Description: Media Blog dealing primarily with targeted advertising and filter bubble theory

6. Course Title: Communicating Media Insights

Media: Print / White Paper

Date: December 2017

Assignment: White Paper. Students are asked to write a white paper that explores how the knowledge generated by your group can be translated into actionable insights for others to use in their organizations. Typically, white papers are used as a means of communicating how a business can provide solutions. In our case, take the position of outlining what’s at stake for clients like ours. Feel free to share insights gathered about various platforms being recommended for use.

Student: Meg Malone


7. Course Title: Producing Interactive Media

Media: Website

Date: October 2016

Assignment: Random Quote Generator. Students are asked to use Javascript to create a random quote generator and customize the interface to present information in an appealing and informative fashion.

Student: Noah Buntain


8. Course Title: Producing Interactive Media

Media: Interactive Prototype

Date: December 2017

Assignment: Design Sprint. This group project utilized Google’s Design Sprint Methodology (Understand/Sketch/Decide/Prototype/Validate) to move students from brainstorming to prototype in two short weeks. Students utilized methods like “five whys” and “crazy eights” to move their ideas from nascent thoughts to active prototypes, allowing each group member to draw on their strengths.

Students: Trey Caldwell, Case Gardner, Kelsey Lane, Arvanna Smart, Jon Wilkinson


9. Course Title: Mobile Application Design

Media: Paper Prototype

Date: October 2012

Assignment: Geolocation/Mood App Design Prototype. Students are asked to design an app that allows the user to input their mood, and the app will recommend a place to go or activity based on the input. Students worked out their ideas through paper prototypes and prototype testing, and then moved from low-fidelity to high-fidelity mockups using InvisionApp.

Students: Ben Mikiten, Jason Nallie


Description: Students came up with an app that suggests locations based on mood and provides reviews, social links, and maps.

10. Course Title: Introduction to Digital Media

Media: Video

Date: December 2012

Assignment: Final Project. Students are asked to choose their final project topic based on their interest and explore ways to produce media that makes a statement using filmmaking fundamentals of montage and remix theory.

Student: Katie Sheehy


Description: Montage and remix of film clips with girls and guns.