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Art/Innovation/Resistance (EMM 575)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Fall 2012

This course examines the dynamic interplay of creativity, commerce and cultural resistance with reference to DIY cultural production, street fashion, entrepreneurialism, youth subcultures, protest movements and open source software development. Students engage with a variety of strategies for creating work that is personally relevant, socially engaged and situated in terms current cultural and technological conditions.


Technology as a Disruptive Force (EMM 540)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Fall 2012

Analysis of technological change in relation to media production and society. Introduction to media analysis and media theory.


Puzzles and Prototypes (EMM 600)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT


Summer 2012

In this course students apply game design principles to the creation of interactive projects responding to news stories and current events. Project management methods and strategies are introduced and discussed.


Physical Computing (EMM 575)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Spring 2012 course site

The course explores issues in the related areas of physical computing, ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence and pervasive computing. Students learn basic electronics principles, basic scripting, and the use of micro-controllers. Labs and technical material will be in tandem with readings and lectures in technology studies and examples of critical media art practice.
Co-Taught by Ken Howell and Al Larsen


Interaction Design I (IXD 100)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Fall 2012
Spring 2012


Causes of Emergence (EMM 530)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Spring 2012

Introduction to the design and production of interactive digital content. Scripting, HTML and authoring environments. Discussion of technology, legal frameworks and culture in relationship to innovation.


Integrative Thesis II
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Spring 2012


Integrative Thesis I (EMM 620)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Fall 2011


Interactive Motion Design (GDD 212)
Champlain College, Burlington, VT

Fall 2011


The West Side Local (Journalism) (ENG 399)
Department of English
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Project-based course in hyperlocal media, civic journalism and online reporting. Students focused on a local neighborhood and created multimedia story packages incorporating text, slideshows and video.

Co-taught by Jody Kleinberg Biehl and Al Larsen.
Spring 2011


New Media II (DMS 538)
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Spring 2011 course site
Spring 2010
Spring 2009

Introduction to the design and production of interactive multimedia. Theoretical and practical aspects of creating and integrating digital media with authoring/presentation tools.


Social Web Media
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Fall 2010 course site
Spring 2010
Spring 2009 course site

Analysis of web media in terms of participation and community formation. We will examine social networking sites, blogging, peer-to-peer networks, reputation economies, mobile communication technologies, activism, and surveillance while developing a critical framework for discussing the current state of networked culture.


Journalism for the Web (DMS 516)
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Students in this course learn to create news features for web distribution incorporating text, slideshows and video.

Summer 2010 course site


Interactive Computer Art I (ART 383)
Department of Visual Studies
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Studio course for creating experimental interactive computer productions for the presentation of knowledge and artistic expression, which participants observe and navigate in nonlinear directions, and reorganize for other users. Students are exposed to the work of theorists, artists and technologists relevant to the projects assigned.

Fall 2009


Intermediate Digital Arts Production (DMS 419)
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Fall 2009 course site
Fall 2008 course site
Fall 2007 course site


New Media I (DMS 537)
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Fall 2010 course site
Fall 2009 course site
Fall 2008 course site

Introduction to the design and production of interactive multimedia. Theoretical and practical aspects of creating and integrating digital media with authoring/presentation tools.


Designing for Web 2.0
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Summer 2009 course site

Hands-on class in the practical aspects of designing and managing a project using online services. Topics include: developing a social web strategy, designing and customizing templates, managing a blog or other forum, branding, planning for community interaction and creating simple applications that use the tools provided by these services.


Interface Design
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Spring 2008 course site

Human-computer interaction (HCI) is the study of how humans use computers. Knowledge in this area is essential to producing successful applications. This class will explore current topics in HCI and interface design while developing application interfaces with a focus on usability.


Basic Digital Arts (DMS 121)
Department of Media Study
SUNY at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

Summer 2007
Spring 2007
Fall 2006
Spring 2006
Fall 2005

Introduction to digital media production tools within a fine arts context.