Software Optimization - Photoshop CS5

Submitted by Valerie Akuna on

Online students in CIS120DF (Adobe Photoshop) often experience software performance issues. An optimization assignment was developed to improve this situation. The teaching and learning process included a step-by-step instruction sheet (see attached) and the viewing of a Camtasia video (attached) demonstrating the steps to be taken to optimize identified features. Students were also shown how to take a snapshot of each completed optimization,  place it into a Word document, and create a .pdf file.  Five features required optimization and an Optimization Rubric was used to guide the process(attached).  Of the 19 students in the class, 12 completed the project with an "A", two with a "B", two with a "C".  An analysis of the project components show: Observation/Question: 12-Proficient, 3-A, 1-B Identifying Hypothesis: 12-P, 3-A, 1-B Planning: 13-P, 3-A, Analysis: 11-P, 3-A, 2-B Solution: 12-P, 3-A, 1-B Note: P=Proficient, A-Approaching Profficient, B=Below Proficient. Note: P=Proficient, A-Approaching Profficient, B=Below Proficient.



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Erik Huntsinger Mon, 07/23/2012 - 8:25am

Valerie, this looks like an assignment that is very useful for the students.  I especially liked how you included the results for the students as proficeint, below proficient, etc.  It looks like your students did quite well with it, but was wondering if the results informed any changes you will make to the curriculum or teaching as a result of the assessment?

Peter Turner Tue, 09/18/2012 - 12:18pm

Valerie, I could not access any of the attachments. I would really like to see your step-by-step instruction sheet, as I do similar guides in my online/hybrid classes. I too like your results but am curious as to how this informs instruction.

Nikol Price Tue, 08/13/2013 - 11:15am

I really like how you have the students create a reference sheet for themselves to refer to later. It's frustrating to run into software issues and sometimes we forget potential solutions even when we have used them in the past.