In the Spotlight: Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing: Adventures with Image & Text

“Ways of Seeing” is a First Year Learning Community for ADGA students who are taking Professor Jenna Spevak’s Graphic Design Principles I and Professor Jody Rosen’s English Composition I courses.  Students are creatively reflecting on the world around them through image and text, from New York City more generally, to local field trips, City Tech, the view from their window, and more.  The course site is well-structured, making it easy to browse through the projects for both courses.  Students have also created ePortfolios, which can be accessed from the course profile. Do take a look at their great work!

In the Spotlight: “The Art of Food”



“The Art of Food” is an exciting learning community between Professor Garcelon’s Culinary I, Professor Jacus’s Baking & Pastry I, and Professor Cheng’s History of Photography courses.  In their course, their students explore whether or not it’s possible to appreciate food like a work of art and how food can be viewed in terms of aesthetic categories like beauty and taste.  The course site is very dynamic and very well-structured with great multimedia assignments from photographing food texture to blogging about Civil War soldier’s diets and foods that would be impossible to live without!  Take a look and enjoy!

In the Spotlight: Graphic Design Principles

ADV1100, Graphic Design Principles (Sp 14) – Prof. Jenna Spevack

We chose Jenna Spevack’s course to feature this week for many reasons.  For one, the site is well-designed and organized.  It’s easy to find relevant information, of which there is plenty!  There are tons of resources for students in the course, but anyone interested in the topic would also find a wealth of useful information.

Students don’t post to the course site; instead they’re using their ePortfolios for all their work.  A list of links to all student portfolios appears in both the sidebar of the site, as well as the course profile. Jenna also pulls out examples from students’ ePortfolios and links to them in her posts.

The course site uses a unique feature, which allows members to link an OpenLab profile to an external site.  In this case, Jenna hosts her course site on her own server, and links it to a course profile on the OpenLab, ensuring that the site appears in the OpenLab directory and on the home page whenever there’s site activity.

Take a look!