Students at San Jose State University

My inclusive teaching pedagogy derives from various approaches, including developing practical modules, building student engagement, facilitating discussions, working in partnership, and implementing learning. In addition, I collaborate with my students to create an environment based on active learning, equality, diversity, and friendship to explore, articulate, and understand different ideas.
In my classroom, I have students from freshman to seniors from different areas of practice who all share the common goal of using digital applications as a medium for art and design. I encourage them to analyze and incorporate technology in their practice through a nontraditional and a nonwestern perspective. I start the class by giving lectures on the history of new media and the field's different tools and influential artists and techno-creatives.
I also believe students must develop their communication and critical thinking skills. I assure that they understand the relevant terminology to determine the suitable medium to bring their ideas to life. Therefore, I give lectures ranging from excerpts from early New Media history to more contemporary trends in the field. I assign research papers to students, and I ask them to post their responses in a group discussion area and respond to each other's thoughts. This approach allows them to understand the importance of peer review and openness to different points of view.
Santa Clara University Digital Media Lab
Santa Clara University Digital Media Lab
San Jose State University Digital Media Lab
San Jose State University Digital Media Lab
Presentation day at Santa Clara University
Presentation day at Santa Clara University
I grade my students' work based on their research, inspiration, concept, aesthetics, and techniques. In most sessions, when covering new content, I provide them with the perfect example of a professional using similar tools or techniques to help them add more inspiration to their list of resources. In addition, before every project deadline, I share examples of previous students' projects to give students an overview of the expectation based on their skills. Hence, they are not only overwhelmed by the work of professional artists. I plan my syllabus with the goal for my students to create a dynamic portfolio. At the end of each class, I ask my students to develop their portfolio website to learn the fundamentals of web design and as an archive containing finished works representing potential employers. 
As a teacher, I understand that some students make fast progress and others need more attention and time to grow. For example, first-year students need to be introduced to fundamental skills, while senior students need to acquire more specific skills. To keep the class balanced and engaging for students, I believe in having one-on-one conversations, pairing students with complementary backgrounds in a group, and carefully monitoring their progress. 
I believe in putting the necessary resources and guidance in the hands of students to be sure that they are well equipped to learn and grow. I understand mastering computer applications requires a long journey of learning and practicing. I believe that digital media courses should eventually connect students to the real world; thus, I actively devise practical experiences and inspire them through various activities such as field trips, workshops, and inviting guest speakers.​​​​​​​
Students try a VR game at Cinequest Festival, San Jose
Students try a VR game at Cinequest Festival, San Jose
Students at field trip to San Jose Museum of Art
Students at field trip to San Jose Museum of Art
Students 3D scans objects in Imaginarium Lab at Santa Clara University
Students 3D scans objects in Imaginarium Lab at Santa Clara University
I consider being in the classroom as analogous to being involved in a large-scale collaboration; I share my knowledge and thoughts with my students, and I learn from them. Students also identify their strengths and support each other to complete the project successfully. I want to be a part of that process that gives students encouragement and guidance to return to their workspaces filled with ideas, inspired, and ready to bring them to life!
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