Teaching Effectiveness: Effective Communication in a variety of oral, written and visual formats.


I do redraws, walk arounds, large and small group crits and individual goal meetings; my sites give instructions for the multiple intelligence learner in writing, list format, video and also face to face. I strive to meet the students individual needs for learning while following accessibility guidelines.

Course sites contain student and professional visual examples of work that meets the criteria of the assignments. Technical requirements are written on the site and demonstrated in class. When students have further questions they are welcome to email me for further advice on image revisions. My demos list step-by-step instructions and include pictures and sometimes videos so the learning can be accessed by a variety of types of learners. Demos are done in class step by step as well as being written out on the course site and or the Digital Learning Center as a shared access point for all teachers. At any time, students not just in my courses, but throughout the college and the school, can access the tutorials and guides I have created. This year there I have added Video Tutorials for After Effects and Adobe Animate course content. All sites are cross platform, able to be seen on a computer, tablet and phone.

During the summer of 2017-2018 I spent a great deal of time rewriting and reorganizing the 6 course sites that I oversee to move towards Universal Design. Bill Fischer has done research on website accessibility and I have started to use Accessible Design Standards in my sites this way. I will be moving towards ADA Compliance level 2 throughout the 2017-2018 Academic Year.

See the Accessibility design guide here.

Goals include close captioning all video tutorials and making all sites accessible.

The impact of communicating in multiple ways is that students are able to learn without barriers of learning methods. In my previous work as an Arts researcher for education I worked on helping teachers address multiple intelligences. Recognizing different learning styles is a key component of my teaching.

Visual Communication Example:


Demo Rig File - Adobe Animate - Masking and Eyeball Assembly with Sound on Google Drive in our folder - click it to expand - Character Work by Susan Bonner, Demo by Susan Bonner

Oral Communication Example:

In class I demo what is also on the course site. We go through these demos step by step in class.

Written Communication Example:

Character Rigging: Written Communication: See the project page These course pages also include written step by step instructions. We leave one window open to see the instructions while we demo in class with another window. This is part of why using multiple monitors is important in our program.

Redraws: Visual Communication between a myself and students

I do redraws on student work to show areas for revision. I find it to be more effective than pointing and talking. Then we both have notes that we can refer to after they have made the changes. I bring in benchmarks to the image. These redraws do not contain grades and are made available to all students in the class as issues like tangents are not specific to one student and they can all learn from the example.

Communication between a myself and a student Adam Finney on art direction of environment concepts to help him meet industry standards for entertainment environment design. Benchmarks are included by industry pros. I sketch composite and make suggestions.

An example of how I interact with students in Concept and Production Design on BattleScars – an Underbite Collaboration - by doing draw overs to help direct the work to meet client and industry standards for the project.

Drawings by Erin Eavy with ReDraw art direction by Susan Bonner – I mentored her through her internship with 3 LB Games on an educational comic design.