Student Success, Digital Literacy, and Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Weber Curriculum Professor Todd Taylor, UNC Chapel Hill


2009 Resource Desert
2016 Resource Orchard
creativity + engagement + literacy = Student Experience

"Our Lives Together" is a documentary short film made by Carrie Lewis, who had never made a film before this class. The film tells the story of a family's poignant struggle with Alzheimer's disease through the words of loving, faithful wife and her thoughtful, caring son.

In what kinds of courses/departments might "Our Lives Together" belong?

From a Student Experience perspective, how might an assignment like "Our Lives Together" compare with a conventional research paper on such a topic?

From a Faculty perspective, how might an assignment like "Our Lives Together" compare with a conventional research paper on such a topic?


The purpose of the Weber State University General Education program is to provide students with foundational knowledge and intellectual tools that enhance and transcend their academic program of study. The big questions posed by General Education courses address significant issues about the world. General Education courses help students apply their learning and develop personal and social responsibility, which is demonstrated through signature assignments.

Sarah Oeschle Portfolio

Omni-Literate Students

Critical Literacy = From Knowledge Consumers to Knowledge Producers

Critical Digital Literacy = From Media/Information Consumers to Media/Information Producers

Adobe Creative Cloud is not just merely aesthetic; it's epistemological.

Adobe Creative Cloud is not just surface, it's substance.

1) First-year success and retention

a manifold to the undergraduate curriculum

2) Success across the curriculum and time-to-degree

3) Success on the job market

producing work that demonstrates capabilities

4) Success as life-long learners

"I thought of you because I am now in charge of my division's educational blog; I just utilized some HTML code that you taught me during my freshman year [2000]! When I reflect back on how I have used the skills you taught in that class, I am amazed by what a positive impact you've had on my life. By using multimedia, you helped me understand the importance of strong communication skills as well as given me unique skills [that others in my profession do not have]."

Flattening the Learning Curve

Adobe Creative Cloud apps, menus, and interfaces are increasingly simple, intuitive, and powerful.

The students are increasingly digital native.

Instructional and IT support staff are increasingly adept and experienced.

New-gen faculty are increasingly innovative.

Faculty Development and Support

free online textbook

Free Online Textbook: Adobe Creative Cloud Across the Curriculum


Todd Taylor Online Portfolio and this Presentation


Adobe Education Exchange "Turn-key" Teaching Modules


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Todd Taylor


Created with images by _Marion - "composing desert drought" • lumix2004 - "orchard apple apples fruit green nature tree" • Art Poskanzer - "heating manifold"

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