Learning Journal Adobe Train the Trainer: Elvir Mandzukic

This Learning Journal is collection of assignments and posting in chronological order for the course Adobe Train the Trainer 2017. The latest reflection is posted below.


In week 8, I had opportunity to explore the mobius strip of innovation engine by Seelig's Graphic Organizer. I had opportunity to hear how Imagination and habitat, Knowledge and resources, Attitude and culture all play important role in supporting our creativity. both internally and externally these factors are pairs to show their interactivity and dependency that builds to our creative freedom. With Before session procedures as well as After sesion procedures list, i had opportunity to revisit what are some of my strategies for running a professional session and presentation. Most of things I do already based on my own experience and mistakes I have made in the past. This course offered me opportunity to review my learning objectives and stay focused. I had opportunity to look at the learning paths and plan for time as I did in the past. I do know that planning extra is good because we can always cut back or fill in the blank. I do know that think-pair-share is one of strategies for engaging learners. I do focus in my sessions on building teams and support among learners and be there for them as facilitator that learns as well. It is important to design great opening and closing. Thinking of fun icebreakers that focus on the topic and engaging your audience is critical for good start of the session where all participants feel engaged and contributing while learning. With multiple checkpoints of student understanding and engagement, we use formative assessment techniques to check along the way how the content resonates with the audience and where the bridges are made or broken. Keeping in mind adult learning theory and recognizing each individual knowledge, contribution, interests , and purpose. Have ability to recognize those personal benefits, experience, self direction, application and action, and learning styles. Our job is to be facilitators of learning. When I think of better practices about technology training, it is important to follow examples of others and learn on their experiences/mistakes. This course was very beneficial to me because it helped me to see how focused and well planned professional development based on empirical evidence may resonate and help others learn and improve their understanding and application of knowledge. I plan on using this course to share it with my colleagues at my university, as well as to teach my own 3 daughters on how to be even more creative in this time and age. I gained a new perspective on creativity and processes. I assured myself that some of my experiences are shared with others. I feel confident that I can continue learning and creating with Adobe and engage others. Thank you for a great participation and learning. To all course participants I wish all the best. Sincerely, Elvir.

Week 7 - AUDITION CC and Creativity and Assessment

On Creativity and Assessment I have learned in Unit 7 which made me think of one thing only - our points of reference - how do we value something. Using various examples we build those points of reference and put values onto something. We sharpen our saw and we communicate to the environment on what is the focus and purpose. Once we determine this framework we can work with the assessment. When thinking of Professional Development we may focus on formative assessment as ongoing dialogue among all participants. Learners get their questions answered and teachers get their clarity on what works for the given situations. I created the Audition file by clicking on red button to record my thoughts. Then I went to Bensound.com and searched and downloaded a piece of audio. After importing, I faded out the music and overlaped it with my audio recording. I also copied and pasted the music piece and placed it at the end of my recording. I made sure I overlap the ending of my recoding and the music piece. I know that I can go back and explore the Audition CC with ample possibilities. I feed accomplished that I can use the tool and start something better. I can use those short audio files for my podcast. In week 7 unit I have learned about SOLO Taxonomy even though I focus mostly on Bloom's taxonomy in my work. I also learned about Seelig's approach to creativity engine and how it works for us humans. The Formative assessment is crucial for ongoing dialogue - a message that resonates with me. Using exit slips, surveys or projects is a good way to end sessions. I like to use surveys also to start my sessions and engage with learners.


In week 6 unit I have learned about animation and character animator program by Adobe. This is a fun tool that helps us engage students. I am thinking of using this tool to build some short introductions to my language classes and work with my kids to teach them another language. It is full for adults and for kids any age. a) I decide to create a short animation based on video in the unit. I selected the character and pushed red play button. Then, i disabled all other options including camera and microphone. I left only dragger radio button red for hands motion. I click on play and record to record motion of hands. I used mouse move hands while talking. I decide to record something to invite others to try. b) I learner in this unit about Session opening: warm up, hook and engage, access prior knowledge and kwl. Also I learned about Session closing: assessment, Revisiting learning objectives, revisiting guiding questions, an answering any questions. These tips are very helpful. Outline for my lesson plan is linked here. I basically plan to teach Spark to faculty with quick introduction that should not take more then 10 min (maybe a 1 min video introduction followed by some examples). Guided practice will take most of my session. The independent practice will start after the guided practice is accomplished by teams. At the end of the session we will have a few minutes to share our experiences using Spark. The participants will continue building their Spark posts, pages or videos after the class and be encouraged to share with each other in a Canvas course.

Week 5 - Adobe Premiere - Video Project

A) Reflection about creating best practices for designing effective learning paths and grouping strategies. This course for week 5, I have learned about planning and engaging others. Be ready to have a teacher's toolbox ready when things go unplanned. Regarding the learning paths, I need to make sure that Direct instruction is minimized, Guided practice needs to include effective questions and allow group to progress at their own pace. The independent practice can extend post the workshop and encourage dialogue among participants. Grouping is important based on level of comfort, interest, or grade level and subject area. Activites for cooperative learning have to be incorporated such as round table discusions or jig saw to name a few. B) For the week 5, I made the above video fast in order to fullfill the requirement of the course. I do work with Adobe Premiere at work. I decided to make a quick video based on 1 min requirement to focus on overview of the Spark.Adobe.Com. I used Screencastify addon in Google browser to record audio and video. I imported the video directly to youtube. then I used keepvid.com to export it as an mp4 file. Finally I imported the video in Adobe Premiere, added fade to black and constant fade transitions and titles for the begining and the end of the video. In the end I used media to export video as a Youtube video 1080HD. Once the video was exported I dragged the video to my youtube channel and saved it as unlisted for the classroom purpose only. C) This week I have learned about Learning Pathways and importance of building a lesson plan that is meaningful with focus on learners. The two examples of learning pathways provided a good insight on lecturing vs. teaching. While one learning pathway was a "sage on the stage" type the other one demonstrated what an instructor should be -"a guide on the side."


I used this Photo Journey as my inspiration for the Week 4 Xd project.

In week 4, I have learned how to use Experience Design tool. This is a creative way to help us navigate through the process of designing prototypes for our ideas. I used my pictures from the trip to Istanbul. This was a fun project. I have learned about how to navigate through the assessment and use the speed and transitions to indicate to users when the answer is "correct" and when another question starts. It took me some time to figure out the functionality of Adobe Experience Design. I had to use the C.R.A.P model again when creating a prototype.

Xd Prototype

Here is the link to my Experience Design prototype of an assessment. Please take a quiz and enjoy. I hope you like the experience I captured in those photos.

In Lesson 4, I have learned about the Effective learning Paths and I have reviewed my lesson plan from week one.I have gone through each section; beginning, middle, and end and used the model from the Unit 4 to check for questions I should be asking myself when conducting a training. I have discovered that some of the things I have already done. The questions in Unit 4 help me not to forget other aspects of Designing Effective learning Paths. I have realized that timing is very limited for all I am trying to accomplish and this is an indicator for me to change the course of direct instruction and guided practice by providing fewer steps and focusing on mastering a few.The independent practice is an opportunity for the individual work and self-paced learning.This time crunch awareness saves time and diffuses tension for both the instructor and participants. It helps improve the timing of the session segments. ‚ÄčHere is my lesson plan outline (updates) with Effective Learning Path application . elvirm31@webster.edu (July 26, 2017)

Week 3: I created the lesson plan using the InDesign Video from the course. It was very helpful to have the video that shows step by step how to use various tools to build an InDesign document (this lesson plan). I watched the video several times and returned to various points in the video to learn tools. Here is my lesson plan using InDesign https://indd.adobe.com/view/d5a7c000-bf1d-4626-9d6d-1826f3c66b2c. In my week 2 submission, I have included the structure for my lesson plan https://indd.adobe.com/view/cd21fc79-207f-479a-91b3-486e0c154b4a. My InDesign lesson plan is taking a new shape now. I need to fine tune all elements in the lesson plan by focusing on 3 learning outcomes: participant-centered, achievable, and measurable. It is very important for the basic design to apply C.R.A.P model (Contrast, Repetition, Alignment, and Proximity). elvirm31@webster.edu (July 25, 2017)

I used Adobe Illustrator to create my first badge for my class assignment. I wanted to be something simple yet to demonstrate the Adobe Education Trainer status upon the completion of the training. I used layers and shape tools to create the zig-zag circle. I added color grading. I typed the text and spaced it for the check mark. The paintbrush was used for the checkmark. I searched online for Adobe Logo to embed and relate to the training company and products. After moving around layers and repositioning (centering each layer objects on the Art Board), I decided that the "v" shape of the composition is opposite in shape to letter A for Adobe. I liked the design relative simplicity and the message.
This image I created with the Adobe Illustrator as a part of my practice in using the tools and thinking of my workshop at the Webster University for the Faculty Development Center Workshop Series. The image has Gorlok Mascot and Arc-ed text to indicate the organization which issues the badge to learners. The Adobe Spark is the workshop that learners attend and receive the start upon the successful completion of the workshop.

The above link on Updated Lesson Plan for Adobe Spark Training is a revised version of my lesson. I focused on the Overall Aim after learning from better practices of the presenters in the course I am taking this Summer 2017. I have learned in Week 2 that Creativity is something that has a value and we have to provide an opportunity for learners to explore and reflect on existing knowledge while connecting with the new one. By using Adobe Illustrator, I have learned that by exploration of the tools (trial and error), I was able to create badges above (one for the assignment, the other for my own workshop at my work). This process was a bit painful, yet the reward of seeing my own design and creativity is priceless. Providing space for learning in this synchronous/asynchronous classroom(this course) is in itself a lesson on how we as instructors can guide others to learn and create. (Tuesday, July 4, 2017)

Creativity is a spark hidden in each of us. It might take us on a journey to help ourselves and others reach out to our full potential as humans - in search for happiness. Engaging learners based on their point in time and development is critical when building opportunities. Providing resources, tools, and examples we invite others to build on our modeling. Please take a look at one way to engage others on how to recreate my experience in this Learning Journal. elvirm31@webster.edu (Monday, June 26, 2017)

I am learning from you all about creativity and I appreciate this from the moment I landed to the U.S. from Bosnia and Herzegovina "The Heart Shaped Land." I love Spark and other Adobe products that helps us be more expressive and creative. While supporting Teaching and Learning at Webster University as a Faculty Development Coordinator, I am exploring new horizons and searching for doors to engage learners with Adobe Creative Cloud and to give back to the world as Global Citizens. elvirm31@webster.edu (June 14, 2017)

Bosnia and Herzegovina "The Heart Shaped Land" http://www.bhtourism.ba/eng/

Creativity is a spark hidden in each of us. It might take us on a journey to help ourselves and others reach our to our full potential as humans - in search for happiness. Engaging learners based on their point in time and development is critical when building opportunities. Providing resources, tools, and examples we invite others to build on our modeling. Please take a look at one way to engage others on how to recreate my experience in this reflective journal. elvirm31@webster.edu (Monday, June 26, 2017)


Images: Google Images and Elvir Mandzukic

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