Since 2013 I’ve been producing online courses for Aquent Gymnasium, a division of Aquent- one of the largest creative staffing agencies in the world. As Academic Director, my role is to stay current on industry trends and produce high-quality educational content to help web professionals advance their careers.
In 2005, I was the founding program director for a unique, 9-month Graphic and Interactive Design certificate program at the Center for Digital Imaging Arts at Boston University.
In addition to learning the fundamentals of design and teamwork, students were taught to hand-code HTML & CSS, resulting in a placement rate of over 90% for web design graduates.
In the early 2000s I trained individuals and companies how to build websites as well as how to use programs such as InDesign, After Effects, and everything in between.
Along the way I became an expert in instructional design, writing curriculum for Adobe and Microsoft and creating over one hundred video tutorials.
My teaching philosophy centers on reinforcing fundamental skills and pushing students to think critically and solve problems: to understand the “why” and not just the “how”.
In my physical (and virtual) classrooms I encourage students to explore different ways of doing the same thing or to explain a concept to someone else to ensure they understand it themselves. These are the attributes that make great web designers, developers and creative individuals, and the more of them there are in the world, the better our world will be.