I have collected here a sample of class exercises, grading rubrics, and lectures that I have prepared for various courses. My hope is that these sample materials will give a sense of my teaching strategies, but also that they may help other instructors as they plan and prepare for their own courses. Except where noted otherwise, these materials are released under a Creative Commons License (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0) - please feel free to re-use and re-mix these, but please give me attribution and share under a similar license. Thanks!
Critical Internet Studies
September 1, 2023
In this activity, students learn about targeted advertising profiles that online companies like Google and Meta construct based on their online user activities. By exploring their own advertising profiles, students consider how these perceptions of their personalities are created as well as how well the profiles correspond to how the students understand their own identities. The goal of the activity is not to convince students to reject any platform that uses targeted advertising, but rather for them to understand more of the processes that are often hidden from the direct view of many users.Read More... Web Design
April 15, 2022
In this lab exercise, we work on a website that already has some basic CSS rules applied. We modify the existing rules and add some new ones as a way to practice some more advanced CSS techniques. The purpose of this lab exercise is to give students a chance to practice reading CSS code and understanding how to construct a CSS declaration. Additionally, the lab exercise demonstrates some additional CSS properties and concepts that have been discussed in passing in the assigned reading, but have not been directly covered in class yet.Read More... Web Design
April 15, 2022
In this lab exercise, we take some pre-existing HTML code and edit it to customize the display and layout of the page. We’ll do this by adding several HTML container elements and then using an external CSS stylesheet to control how each of those containers should be displayed.Read More... Web Design
April 15, 2022
I use this lab exercise during the last day of class that we have prior to the submission deadline. Ideally at this point in the project, students should be mostly finished with their websites and will soon be ready to export and submit their work. This lab exercise serves as an instruction guide for how to ensure that all of their web files stay together (by creating a .zip archive) and making sure that students know how to submit their work to be graded. Additionally, the lab exercise is an opportunity to reiterate the importance of writing accessible HTML code. Beginning coders often forget to include alt attributes on images, or may write incorrect code that ends up displaying okay in their own browsers—but may not work properly in all settings. This lab exercise asks that students submit their HTML and CSS code to the W3C validation services to identify possible errors and warnings in their code.Read More... Photoshop
March 15, 2022
I produced this introductory crash course video 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.Read More... Audio Editing
November 15, 2021
This lab activity is used toward the middle of our unit on audio editing and podcast production. At this point, many students have had a chance to begin experiment with basic editing in Adobe Audition - including cutting clips and re-arranging tracks. Many have also begun to try recording their own audio. This lab activity builds on this prior knowledge and showcases some of Audition's powerful noise-reduction tools. It walks through 3 methods for reducing un-wanted noise in an audio recording.Read More... Public Speaking
November 15, 2018
Objective: Provide students ideas for how they might choose to write and prepare their manuscripts for an upcoming speech assignment. In this activity, the focus is on the actual manuscript document that they will use for their speech delivery. The activity emphasizes formatting details such as font size and spacing, as well as delivery cues for the speaker. This activity also reminds students that although they may think otherwise, manuscript delivery is in many ways more challenging than impromptu speaking.Read More...