In September 2014 I co-taught a course at Saddleback Community College on “Interactive Media Design.”
The course was proposed to the state by my friend, Amara Aguilar, who was then department chair at Saddleback. She decided to leave for USC, so I was brought on to develop and act as lead teacher for the mobile journalism design course.
I was hired two weeks before the semester started, and in that short time I wrote the course syllabus and planned the first few weeks of course content for myself and the assistant teacher, MaryAnne Shults.
It was a whirlwind semester, especially as the course was considered a “go” with only two students, because it was such a valuable topic to the university.
In that one semester, our course introduced students to researching audiences, developing a strategy, building content for a mobile publication, designing a mobile app, submitting to the Apple App Store and marketing a product.
The iPad app was approved and published in the iTunes App Store for a few months. It is no longer published, however, due to the cost of hosting the app.