Course feedback surveys.

May 31, 2013 in News/Updates

Another year has come to an end. For some of you in these classes, this is a welcomed relief. For others, maybe you will miss the class, the projects, or maybe just being with friends. I’m hoping I will see some of you next year or in future years in one of my other higher elective courses:

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-Digital Design II

-*NEW* 6055 (CIT112) Introduction to Gaming and Simulation

-*NEW* 6060 (BIM100) Interactive Media in the Digital Age

As our time together draws to a close, I’ll let you in on a little secret. Your opinions matter. Your feedback matters. The very projects you completed this semester were born out of suggestions and feedback from your peers that passed through before you. Just like them, your feedback will also have an impact on future students taking my courses. Because, frankly, you (the students) are on the receiving end of every aspect of these classes, and I’m sure there are things you like, things you didn’t like, things I did as an instructor you didn’t like, and maybe…hopefully, things I did as an instructor that you liked. Here’s your chance to let me know how I did…and let me know what you thought about the course in general.

Remember…this is completely anonymous, so BE HONEST!

 

In conclusion, I would like everyone to complete the end of the year evaluation/survey found here.

 

Enjoy your summer everyone!

Digital Design II Feedback Blog Post

May 29, 2013 in Uncategorized

We’re nearing the end of the year (finally for some you), and since you are the second class to officially complete this relatively new program, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this class format. I asked the same thing of my first class last year, and I was able to take their feedback and apply it this year with the hope of bettering the class for everyone. I’m a firm believer in listening to the students who experience the curriculum day in, day out. You know what you liked, what you didn’t. You also know what you would like to see done differently, or what COULD have been done differently to make your experience better.

Your final assignment is to create a course evaluation blog post detailing your thoughts on the course. Include the good and the BAD. What you earn will be reflected on the quality of your suggestions. Telling me things you didn’t like about the course will not negatively impact your grade. This is the type of feedback that can make the course better. It can make me better. Below you will find a talking points list of the items I want you to address in your final post:

-What were your overall thoughts on the course?

-Did you experience what you anticipated entering the course at the beginning of the year? Why or why not?

-Which format did you enjoy more? The more directed format during the 1st semester, or the self-guided format during the 2nd semester? Why or why not?

-How would you rate me as an instructor (feel free to use your own scale, but EXPLAIN why you rated as you did.

-What things do you think could be changed with regard to the course to make it better?

-Knowing what you know now, would you take the course again? Why or why not?

Again, being honest is the best for everyone with this. I want to hear the good and the bad. It’s the only way we as educators, and you as students, can improve.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable year. Have a great summer!

Best Practices in Web Design

March 15, 2013 in News/Updates

As many of you are beginning the initial layout stages of your sites (digital wire frames), it would be smart to review example sites (remember the question on your planning sheet) that you visit frequently to get some inspiration and to also view the site from a design point of view. What design items stand out to you? What do you like about the site design wise? Colors? Fonts? General layout?

There are certain design guidelines considered “best practices” among the web design community. As you make your design choices, you should be fully aware of these, and more specifically, what you should and should not do from a design standpoint. Take the time, and visit the following sites that cover these concepts pretty thoroughly (look at the examples), and be sure to consider them when beginning your layout work.

-Current Style in Modern Web Design

-Web Design Best Practices Checklist

Creating a customizable menu using CSS and the unordered list tag.

March 15, 2013 in Uncategorized

As we progress away from our digital wire frames, the next stage involves adding functional navigation into our sites. The goal of navigation within a site is twofold. For one, the navigation should be functional and organized. Placement of the menu and the wording your choose to label your links play a major role in the usability and organization of your site. You want the navigation to be easy to use, and in place that is noticeable by your users. The second goal revolves around aesthetics, or general appearance. You want the menu to look clean, well spaced, and using a color scheme that matches the colors within the site, but while still maintaining an easy to read appearance (AVOID BRIGHT/NEON COLORS).

To accomplish these goals, we are going to be using the unordered list tag. We will be covering this in class, but for additional resources on the subject (highly recommend reading these while you design and lay yours out), I’ve included a series of links that further expand on customizing an unordered list:

 

-Basic unordered list tag explained

-Unordered List vs. Ordered List Explained (also includes a completely setup unordered list in html format

)-List Tutorial (Step by step tutorials on creating vertical lists, horizontal lists, and rollover effects).

-Advanced menus created using CSS and the unordered list (Creating rollover effects, stylizing the list, etc.).

 

Removing boundaries…almost.

February 20, 2013 in News/Updates

We’re at a point in the year where you are ready for some self-chosen direction. Some of you have stuck with the class format pretty religiously, and some of you haven’t. For some, you’ve watched the videos, asked questions, researched, designed, redesigned, became very specific in your self-critique, etc.., and as such, the quality of your work has improved noticeably. Most of you have probably started to develop a feel for what type of design work you prefer, or more importantly, what type of work you feel allows you the most creativity. I’m going to break the traditional mold of our classroom a bit, and we’re going to expand on this self-directed format a bit more. I’m going to remove specific project topics for the time being, and have each of you CHOOSE a direction you want to go within the class. If you want to focus on specific poster designs (PSA’s, Movie Posters, Advertisements, etc.), go for it. If you would like to focus on illustration work (Portraits, Logos, Vector Illustrations, etc.), you can. There will be SOME resemblance of requirements within this new format (hence the title of this post), but just enough to keep you on task, an no more.

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