Why Use a Teaching Wiki?

I use the open-source MediaWiki to keep track of my courses, syllabuses, lessons, and other teaching materials. It’s installed on a subdomain of this website, and students visit regularly. When I began teaching technical writing, I decided to open select pages for student contribution. Allowing students to use wiki software not only teaches collaboration, it facilitates public and community discourse. Essentially, a … Read More

Intro to Arboriculture

I spearheaded the HTML5 update to ISA’s award-winning award-winning, interactive training series (“Intro to Arboriculture”), which was previously only available through CD-ROMs or in Flash format. Before I came to the project, the ISA had been struggling to update their legacy content. They had tasked a handful of instructional designers who failed to clean the Flash code. With proper planning … Read More

HS Student Book Trailer

I am very happy to have helped Nick E. create an awesome “book trailer” for his high school English class. Nick is a super-bright boy, and his creative energy shows in the final draft. Nick and his mother envisioned their own movie studio which would produce the trailer for James Dashner’s Scorch Trials. Nick and I brought the studio to life … Read More

ISA Safety Workshop

The International Society of Arboriculture asked me to develop and design a slideshow for their Z133 workshop. The wanted a template that could be used in both PowerPoint and Articulate Storyline. The theme of the presentation was “Arborist Safety” — the project was built around the orange, black, and white color scheme of the Z133 Safety Manual. Managing the demands … Read More

360 Degrees of Arboriculture

The International Society of Arboriculture asked me to create a prototype quiz in augmented reality. The point is to teach arborists about the benefits of trees by having them take tests in virtual space. 

Founding a Design Lab

I helped to kickstart the Rutgers Writing and Design Lab (RWDL), a forward-thinking multiliteracy center with a focus on digital composition. The RWDL offers face-to-face tutoring for a population of nearly 6,000 students, as well as workshops in document and instructional design.  As a senior consultant, I helped create student videos, craft effective presentations, podcasts, and web publications. We also … Read More

Kickstarting a Digital Studies Center

I helped to kickstart and grow the Rutgers-Camden Digital Studies Center (DiSC), an interdisciplinary, collaborative research, development, and education center. DiSC helps facilitate, support, and promote projects made possible by the convergence of digital technologies within the humanities as well as the arts, natural, and social sciences. Since I was was there at the beginning of the DiSC, I partnered with … Read More

Russo | Wiki

My teaching wiki provides a lot of room for getting creative with syllabuses. I can add images, bits of color, and adjust the fonts to fit class themes. I try not to go overboard, since syllabus documentation needs to be information forward. I simply paste the template into markup, then fill in the relevant data. The Infobox renders automagically.  I … Read More