Erica Walker
Assistant Professor

Explore & Learn

Project Published 3/19/19 Last updated on 3/19/19

Tutorial Time & Beyond: Explore Your Interests

Learning is not ever done. You won't stop learning when you receive your degree. One of the most valued skills in our industry is the drive to continue learning, but sometimes it can be overwhelming. Those first steps of delving into a new topic or even knowing where to look for quality tutorials can stop us in our tracks even when we have the best intentions.

So we are going to start practicing this idea of "never stop learning" as we wrap up the semester...

Pick a minimum of 2 hours worth of tutorials from or other sources on a subject related to this course such as CC, Photography, Video, Web Dev, etc. (stick to a group of tutorials in a single interest area). If you can't find the topic you are interested in on Lynda, there are some additional high quality tutorial options below.

Complete 2 hours worth of tutorials and document the links. This is the listed length of the tutorials, actually completing them will likely take you longer than the listed times.

Create a final product of your choice (you can use previously created photos, videos, logos, etc. as a starting point for your final product as appropriate). The final product you create should reflect at least 3 hours worth of work, in addition to the time you spend on the tutorials (in other words, it should be a really good example of your work technically and creatively and be an original extension of what you learned through the tutorials). Hopefully it will even be a piece worthy of being included in your portfolio!

Submit this project using an Adobe Spark Presentation.. The presentation you build should be visually interesting and tell the story of your learning process. It must include at least one embedded, relevant video (consider recording your reflection as a video, a demo of part of the process on your computer screen, etc.) Also, include your final product, a list of link(s) to the tutorial(s) you completed & the amount of time the site lists for each tutorial, and a personal reflection covering the following questions:

  • Why did you choose this topic area?
  • What is the most important thing that you learn completing these tutorials?
  • How did learning these new skills impact your creativity?
  • Other thoughts?

Turn in your Spark presentation as a published link.

NOTE: Before you start building in Spark, make 100% sure that you are signed into Spark using your Enterprise email address. If you are not logged in with that account, you will not be able to publish and share your Spark for me to grade it.


Photoshop & illustrator- (some of these have a cost)

Photo & Video- (some of these have a cost)

After Effects-

Chrome Dev Tools-


  • Adobe Creative Cloud

    Creative apps and services for everyone.

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • After Effects

    Create motion graphics and visual effects for film, TV, video, and web.

  • Adobe Spark

    Adobe Spark is an easy-to-use tool that helps you turn your ideas into compelling social graphics, web stories, and animated videos

  • Adobe XD

    Design, prototype, and share user experiences.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • Premiere Rush

    Create and share online videos anywhere.

  • Lightroom Classic

    Desktop-focused photo editing.

Age Levels
1+ Week
ISTE Standards
Students: Empowered Learner, Students: Innovative Designer

Internet, CC tools (although the same idea could be done with other topics, away from the computer, as well)

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 10/6/19 7:12:35 PM Permalink

Thanks for sharing love samples ​