Creative Designs

All Instructional Designers must have creative skills to increase learner or student engagement. In order to apply these creative skills for implementation and delivery, I have examples of my work producing media for learning. In these projects I included elements of surprise, simplicity, and user experience design. I was the lead on all of these projects and recruited helpers for modeling, acting, camera handling, and brainstorming. Design documentation was not produced for these projects.

Creativity is at the center of our eLearning user perception. In fact, my own learning often depends on the appeal of a website and professional visual design. Creative design ideas have the potential to distract from learning when not used to enhance learning. Here are some examples of how my own Creative Design skills enhance learning.


Infographic – The Foster Care Child

An infographic is a graphic style used to represent information or ideas. Many times they are used to show relationships between ideas, a change over time, or share data heavy information that is better understood with visual representations. I designed this infographic to address a topic regarding an under served population, namely a foster care child. I hand drew the characters in this infographic using PowerPoint and royalty free stock images. As the eyes move left, the child grows from an infant to an adult. I designed it this way to direct the eyes from left to right and demonstrate the effects of foster care on a child long-term. More information on my design decisions are included in the Design Document.

Download the Design Document Here: infographic_final_burris_reviewed-2-docx

View the Infographic Here:

The Foster Care Child Photo
The Foster Care Child Infographic

Pecha Kucha – Preserving Your Natural Surroundings

A Pecha Kucha is a type of presentation in which you have a 20 x 20 approach where you have 20 slides and 20 seconds for each slide. I used Adobe Spark  to produce this video on my iPad Mini.

Download Design Document Here: vmp_final_burris_portfolio

View Video Here:

Image of Preserving Your Natural Surroundings
Capture of Pecha Kucha Preserving Your Natural Surroundings

Original Instructional Video – Creating a Gay Friendly Culture

I addressed issues and barriers to creating an entirely gay-friendly culture in an instructional video. I attempted to answer the question of “How do you create a gay-friendly culture?” I interviewed three different men who identify as gay or queer and asked them the same set of interview questions. I produced this video using an iPad, a tripod, an omnidirectional microphone and iMovie. See the design document for more details on my design decisions.

View the Design Document Here: oiv_final_burris_portfolio

View the Video Here: 


Instructional Website – Gurly Hair How To

My pride and joy of this category is my Gurly Hair How To website. For this project, I produced three hair tutorials. Each tutorial contains two camera angles and omnidirectional sound. I recorded these videos in my living room. My friends were kind to help me do a second camera and model. The target audience was fathers with little girls. The website was to be delivered on a mobile device. I used a Wix template to design and deliver the website.

View Website Here:

Capture of Gurly Hair How To website.
Capture of Gurly Hair How To website.

Podcast – Brick Red

In this podcast, I recorded myself as I took a walk around my neighborhood and later explored the significance of red brick. My skills demonstrated here is more creative designs, audio recording and design, and critical thinking.

Video – Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo… News Report

For this assignment, I enlisted my family to create a fake news report about our video prompt: Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo. I chose to use a free news intro, paper buffalo, and iPhones to record the video. I used an external microphone to record the phone call and used Garage Band to edit the audio to sound like a phone call. Here is the final product!

Animation Tool – The Future Student of 2027

I used my creative brain (left brain) to represent a student of the future in this short animation created using Voki. I included information from the current learning trends and predictions. The voice automation and character animation were a unique way to represent my predictions.

View Animated Presentation Here:

Capture of Future Student Presentation
Capture of Future Student Presentation

Video – Making Coffee in 30 Seconds or Less

For this assignment, I was instructed to create an instructional video that did not exceed 30 seconds in play time. I chose to cover making coffee. To mirror current trends in cooking and baking instructional videos on social media, I used fast cuts and quick movement to maintain instructional value and stay within the 30 second restraint.

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