Portfolio

I’m in this sweet spot where I do the cool interesting jobs in the department. Right now I’m working on designing (Adobe XD) a space for Kent faculty and staff to use when they have decide to retire. I am also helping the office of global education build training for their advisors. And I’ve just finished up building a prototype module for Kent’s Liquid Crystal Institute which will be marketed to companies home and abroad that make liquid crystal displays.

How is your grammar? Click here to find out. I created 27 exercises like the abridged version, below, from Wilson and Glazier (2018) to help students practice their grammar. The actual exercises have 5 banks of 10 questions.) This project was created to make it easier for students to practice the exercises with the expectations that students would perform better on the tests. The exercises were developed using Articulate Storyline software.

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Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor

Wilson, P., & Glazier, T. F. (2018). The least you should know about English : writing skills. Cengage Learning.


The Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University wanted a sample of an online course they plan to market to manufacturers. Cool huh? This sample course was developed in Articulate Storyline. To see an abridged version in action, click here.

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The interactive activity, below, is available for students to practice dating the design of chairs. See the activity by clicking here. It was created using Articulate Storyline.

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This interactive activity, below, walks students through examples of plagiarism to see whether they understand the rules of citing works. To see for yourself, click here. It was created in Articulate Storyline.

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This video walks students through the plagiarism policy at Kent State University. To view the video, click here. It was created in Adobe Premiere.

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Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor


Below is a mock-up webpage for Kent State faculty looking to retire. The mock-up was created in Adobe XD.

Screen Shot of a mock-up of a retirement website for Kent State.

Videos, Presentations, Projects

In this very short video, below, I explain the role as an instructional designer. It was created using the software, Camtasia and Videoscribe.


Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor

In the video, below, I explain alignment and backward design from Wiggins and McTighe (2005). This instruction was created in a program called VideoScribe.

Wiggins, G. P., & McTighe, J. (2005). Understanding by design. Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor


The video, below, describes how and why to create a rubric. This instruction was created in Camtasia.

Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor


The video below explains how instructional designers can help faculty build courses. This video was created using Adobe Premiere.

Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor


Direct Instruction for students.

The following videos were created in Camtasia using basic stock art.


Direct instruction on creating PowerPoint presentations.

These videos focus on designing PowerPoint slides for learning. Although it is possible to present a PowerPoint presentation for entertainment only, the goal of PowerPoint presentations is usually to express an idea or information to an audience. As presenters, our intent is that our audience will make sense of and remember the information we provide. In the educational setting, we are hoping that they will learn something. Therefore, we are or should be, interested in creating PowerPoint presentations that help our audience learn.

There are two hurdles in meeting our goal of effective PowerPoint presentations. The first one is breaking away from what we have always done and have always seen and embracing the empirical evidence of researchers who tell us to design our presentations differently. Change isn’t easy.

The video, below, provides information on creating a powerful PowerPoint presentation. It was created in PowerPoint and converted to video. Many faculty provide this video to their students when assessing PowerPoint assignments.


The information on principles in the below videos relies heavily on the books eLearning and the Science of Instruction: Proven Guidelines for Consumers and Designers of Multimedia Learning by Ruth Colvin Clark and Richard E. Meyer and the book, Graphics for Learning: Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials, by Ruth Colvin Clark and Chopeta Lyons. If you are interested in learning more, I highly recommend you read these sources.

The second hurdle is to learn to design well, or at least better. This can be a stretch for non-designers, but there are some tricks to make our presentations professional. In the video, below, I will attempt to show you how.

Multimedia examples.

I created this video as an assignment in the Learning to Learn course on Coursera. The information and tips in this video were taken from the Learning How to Learn MOOC. This MOOC, developed by Barbara Oakley, and Dr. Terrence Sejnowski can be found here: https://www.coursera.org/course/learning

Illustrations by Carl E. Nestor


This podcast is an interview with a Kuwaiti.


This multimedia video is a lesson on creating canes. It was created in Adobe Premiere.


This video is actually photos using the ken burns effect and created in Camtasia.


Infographics using Adobe Illustrator

An infographic of Social Media Statistics created in Adobe Illustrator.
An infographic created in Adobe Illustrator.