I make websites.
I really appreciate the challenge that designing in a digital environment and coding give me.
When I have fiddled with a piece of code for hours and it finally works how I want it to, and I finally understand what wasn't working before, that AHA moment is just glorious. These moments are my reward for not giving up.
I make instruction.
Last year I worked as an Instructional Design GRA for Hale Library within the New Literacies Alliance, a consortium of librarians and library staff who are working to create open-source online lessons based on the Association of College & Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. I was chiefly a multimedia designer, but also worked as an instructional designer alongside other instructional designers and content creators.
One of my last tasks was to review and create prototype lessons in a new open-source authoring tool called Adapt Learning; as the current tool used by K-State University Libraries was not as functional as we needed it to be.
I taught myself how to setup a virtual machine, use GitHub to download and fork code, install Gnome OS on the virtual machine, install the Adapt software, and began developing themes and plugins for Adapt Learning using LESS. It was an absolute blast, and I love being put in situations where I have to learn new things to solve a problem.
One of my other responsibilities was to completely redesign the Student Orientation and transfer the instruction from a traditional, in person orientation to a self-led online module complete with a signable electronic form upon completion.
This is an example of one of the multimedia assets I created for the NLA.
I make food.
Assisting students in writing, memorizing, and performing original plays and teaching them avant-garde theater history and movement is something I look forward to every summer. Facilitating intellectual, social, and emotional growth in others is very fulfilling.