Teaching Technique: Worked Example

Project: Creating a digital slideshow in Adobe InDesign

Purpose: This project will allow you to piece together various movie posters that you consider to be “good” designs. Search allposters.com to find various movies and put together ten of the best you can find. You will be putting them in a single PDF using Adobe InDesign to present to the class. You should point out one strength in each of the posters you select. The strengths can come from conceptual, compositional, technical, or aesthetical viewpoints. Make sure you emphasize what viewpoint the strength is coming from. I would encourage that this is written in notes to yourself so you can keep pace with your presentation.

Process: Watch the worked example in the following Interactive PDF(download) to learn how to use InDesign to make your PDF. This file MUST be downloaded to your computer and watched through Adobe Acrobat (the reader version is fine if you did not rent the Adobe Suite). If you do not use Acrobat to view the file, the interactive elements will not work. The file can also be found on YouTube or watched here:

0:00 – Intro
0:55 – Collecting files
2:07 – Setting up the file
4:05 – Setting up master pages
6:15 – Importing images
8:10 – Resizing images
9:33 – Aligning images using guides
10:57 – Export PDF
12:50 – Submit PDF

Submission: Submit your PDF file to the discussion board so that other students can access your file as well.

Design Notes: The entire process of the worked example was created in Camtasia. Once the file was exported, it was brought into Adobe InDesign to find the bookmark points in the video creating a segmented or chunked instruction.¬† For accessibility, the video was also placed on YouTube for Closed Captioning. Youtube also compresses the video which isn’t optimal for video quality, but usable. ¬†Once I formed a summative evaluation of a course and low-resolution videos were the main complaint; therefore, it is better to have a method of allowing the student to access high-resolution videos.

Having a downloadable interactive PDF with close to full resolution video does three things:

  1. It creates a high-quality video.
  2. It allows for interactive/segmented instruction.
  3. It embeds the video so that the video alone cannot be redistributed.

I thought that another way that might be good with segmented instruction might be to put a text bar on the top of each lesson which would identify the process being described, but since most users don’t manually fast forward like the would with TIVO or VHS, it isn’t necessary anymore with the ability to embed hyperlinks.

Jason Bader
Art Professor at MSJC. EdD, Boise State University in Educational Technology (currently student as of 2015). MFA, UCLA in Design|Media Arts, 2002.

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