Creativity and critical thinking are core values that are central to my teaching practice. Technology is constantly evolving and students need to adapt to current trends in order to adjust to the changing artistic, cultural, and social climate. Teaching basic skills and techniques, while drawing upon historical and theoretical examples, provides students with a strong foundation for developing their own ideas. As an educator, the main challenge for me is to teach technical mastery while encouraging and nurturing a creative and critical mind.
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Research & Thesis
“The Use of Non-Speech Audio to Enhance Online Learning Experience” – co-author – Edu Psych PhD Co-Chair – Yun Li – (2019 Spring)
This project included 2 undergraduate teams in a course called Vertical Studio and involved development in web audio api. Research will be presented AREA Conference in April 2019.
“An Interactive VR Experience With A Bifurcated Perspective ” – Undergraduate Scholar Program – BFA Thesis Chair – Sarah Brown – (2018 Fall)
This included 1 undergraduate team in a course called Vertical Studio along with development in three.js and voice synthetics.
“A Proposed Model of Character Progression Taxonomy in Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG’s)”– MS Thesis Chair – Daniel House – (2018 Fall)
“Exploring new training applications for educators teaching students with Autism Spectrum Disorder”– MS Thesis Chair – Alyssa Besly – (2018 Summer)
“Gaming and Teaching Children Mindfulness”– MS Thesis Chair – Lexi Mitchel – (2019 Fall)
2018 Vertical Studio, work selected for time-honored tradition: Aggie Muster
Students’ work was selected to be included in Aggie Muster, an annual tradition honoring Aggies who have passed away. Along with the campus Muster in Reed Arena, there are over 300 annual Musters held worldwide.
2017 Vertical Studio, Texas Bullet Train Short Film Competition
Three student teams were finalists out of 50 submissions and two of these teams won awards in the areas of Live Action and Creativity, amounting to $14000.00 in total awards. The work was judged on adherence to the topic and technical use of video design and creativity. See videos here
2017 Senior Interactive Design Project, featured in campus news
As part of a collaborative project with Taekyeom Lee and Appalachian State University in Vertical Studio, student’s work was featured on the College of Architecture’s news feed. See Images of installation here
2016 Eman Al-Zubeidi & Amy Self, Diversity Award, College of Architecture
The Diversity Council for the College of Architecture awarded a film that was developed in my first graphic focused Vertical Studio course. The contest recognizes excellence in diversity across campus. This project was also a finalist for a mural in the 2018 SXSW outstanding thought, leadership, research, and innovations exhibition. See animated short here
2014 Rachel Mayer, Aggie Voice Contest, Texas A&M University
Mayer created an assignment in my class that won First Place Honors in the video division of the University Writing Center’s Aggie Voices Contest. The contest recognizes excellence in undergraduate communication by honoring outstanding projects in writing and video.
2013 Gerard McGarity, Philadelphia Magazine featured videos, Philadelphia University
Kinetic Type Diversity project which features Harvey Bernard Milk, an American politician who became the first openly gay person elected to public office. This class project was selected to be featured in an online magazine which has received over 77,410 views.