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Graduate Course Deliverables for ITEC 865 Spring 2022

"The Chill Guide to APA Style"
by Crystal Hsia and Rob Thomas
Course Created in Articulate 360 Rise

A pain-free course introducing students to APA style made in Articulate Storyline Rise: https://360.articulate.com/review/content/aedd41d0-74c0-4fa9-9603-df92fb9ee351/review

Micro-learning Videos Made with Animaker

Video Game Studies Minor

Test case Instagram video for the Video Games Studies Minor at SFSU. . 

Micro-learning Video Tricks

Micro-learning video tricks based on my own practice as an online University instructor. 

The Art of Cinema

A short video introduction to mise-en-scène or the art of cinema. 

Thinking About Trauma

A short video on thinking about trauma in ways that are impactful and engaging and that enable the student to remember the ideas. 

What is Video Game Studies?

A short video explaining what Video Game Studies is for people who might not know?

Graduate Course Deliverables from 2019 & 2021

I enjoy delivering content through feature rich, interactive, web development. I am fairly comfortable utilizing this form and I find it works well with instructional design. 

These following examples are from four courses (two in fall 2019, one in spring 2021 and one in fall 2021). These projects had fast turnaround times. The “Genomic Sequencing” project was completed in 2-days with a presentation given by me on day 3. “Anti-Principles for Design Thinking” was written and built over a period of 3-days, with a presentation later that week.

Cool Things to Share

I always have a “Cool Things to Share” forum in my asynchronous courses. These interactive nuggets were added to share some food for design thinking for site viewers and my peers in my graduate program. 

Heutagogy is Everywhere

Left image: How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step by Step Procedures for the Complete Idiot by John Muir (1971). Source: Amazon.com

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What is the Present?

Those who are truly contemporary, who truly belong to their time, are those who neither perfectly coincide with it nor adjust themselves to its demands.

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Thinking With “Shoes”

1. Thinking With Shoes I was recently reminded of Liam Kyle Sullivan’s 2006 electro-clash, viral video, “Shoes.” I was teaching the work of photographer and

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Bruce Mau w/ Sanford Kwinter

“Designing for the Cluster”

Instant Stories: Wim Wenders

Fallen Fruit

The Eames, Powers of Ten

How to Make AR Polaroids

“Shoes” viral video by Liam Sullivan

Eadweard Muybridge reference (photo) in Rick and Morty “Ricksky Business” 

Polaroid SX-70 Instant Camera designed by Charles and Ray Eames

I’m Rob Thomas. My journey to instructional design has taken me from being a street artist while working in warehouses in Seattle to being homeless for two years before finishing my undergraduate degree at Evergreen State College to being recruited immediately upon graduation to work on the Microsoft Encarta ‘98 CD-ROM Encyclopedia. I left the NW that year in August of 1997 to pursue a MA in Humanities at SFSU, studied closely with Giorgio Agamben at UC Berkeley in 1999, and completed my Ph.D. in Philosophy, Literature and the Theory of Criticism at Binghamton University in 2005. I have served as a Lecturer Faculty member at San Francisco State University for the past 19.5 years. I am extremely proud to be continuing my journey with the campus community that has been my home for the past twenty years by pursuing a MA in Instructional Technologies (ITEC) in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT) at SFSU.