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Crash Course to Photoshop


Posted: March 15, 2022

A screenshot of a computer screen with a Photoshop document open. The center of the document has a black background, and there are several shapes and lines crudely drawn in. In the top right corner of the image there is a picture-in-picture view of a person sitting at a computer looking toward the camera

I produced this introductory crash course video to use in a class I was teaching as a way to provide to students as a supplementary resource. The goal was to include just enough information for them to get comfortable with the interface and begin experimenting with the tools they would need to use for the project. Additionally, I wanted to design the video so that it would be easy for students to skip back and forth to the sections they are most interested in.


The Tumblr Porn Ban


Posted: June 1, 2020

A photo of Ben Pettis standing in front of a blank wall with a confused look on his face. There is photo over the image which reads 'Female-Presenting Nipples'

I spent about a year of my life researching and writing the thesis for my M.A. in communication studies. In the interest of making my research a bit more accessible, I wanted to explain my thesis in a shorter form. In the thesis, I examine the social network site (SNS) Tumblr and the controversy that surrounded its recently amended community guidelines and adult content policy. Tumblr had previously had somewhat of an 'alternative' identity as compared to mainstream SNSs such as Facebook or Twitter. This identity had largely resulted from its previously lax policy toward pornography and other adult content. Such content had previously been allowed on the website, which enabled a wide degree of personal freedom and expression.


Public Speaking - Online Review Videos


Posted: May 1, 2020

A black screen with title text on it. There is white text on a green rectangle which says 'Parts of an Introduction' and white text on the black background which says 'SPCM 200 - Final Exam Review'

During the Spring 2020 semester, I taught multiple sections of SPCM 200 - Intro to Public Speaking. Each section had approximately 20 students, and the course covered basic principles of public speakig, along with fundamentals of research, writing, and argumentation. In March 2020, Colorado State University—like many others—transitioned to fully remote instruction in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We transitioned SPCM 200 to an asynchronous format, and began delivering course materials primairly through pre-recorded videos. At the end of the semester, I produced many short videos such as these to help review various parts of course content before the final exam.