Hello, I'm Heidi. I live in Juneau Alaska. I work for the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a Learning Design Coordinator for an eLearning Instructional Design Team. I work with a bunch of creative and really smart people who are very inspirational. I also teach an online class called Desktop Publishing which uses Adobe InDesign as the tool of choice. Most of the class involves creating different design products with some basic graphic design principles threaded throughout the semester.
This site will be the home for my Adobe in Education course reflections. I see no reason to create separate space for the separate classes that I might take.
- Digital Magazines in the Classroom
- Graphics and Illustrations for Educators (scroll down)
- Infographics in the Classroom (keep scrolling downward)
Digital Magazines in the Classroom
Class 1: Travel Brochure
Here's my travel brochure for the first class lesson. I ran out of time to write the copy so it is nice to have filler text option build into InDesign. The project came together easily, none of the skills that were needed were new. I did spend some time going through the tutorials. I have been using a book for my class but I think I might be able to put together enough video tutorials (thank you Adobe) to replace the book. My only concern is that having a printed reference to keep while you are while in InDesign on the computer came be better than going back and forth between different windows. This can be extra tricky if you are working on a laptop and don't have two monitors. Here's my online brochure.
Class 2: Magazine Cover
Here is my Final Project, a magazine cover plus additional articles. This was fun to put together. It made it very clear that working together on separate elements needs to be a coordinated using color libraries, master pages, etc. There wasn't as much control on individual articles since most of us posted PDF files which are harder to edit.
End of course reflection
This was a fun refresher. I learned a few new tricks and was reminded of some features I don't use very often. I'm at that stage where I've been using InDesign for so long and I haven't kept up with a lot of the new features and workflows. My productivity suffers because of that. It is great to spend some time poking around.
Next steps in using this experience in teaching
I will definitely be revisiting the activities and resources I share with students when I teach class next spring. Probably replacing my main text with a series of videos and other resouces.
Think about how your students might learn.
I like the idea of creating templates and having students manipulate agreed upon elements. I also like the publish online feature. I'll be using both more.