User Experience Design Immersive
General Assembly is a technology bootcamp and career accelerator transforming vocational education. The 10-week immersive program is crafted by top practitioners in the field and focuses on helping adult learners transition into a new career as a Jr. UX Designer. As the Lead Instructor for UXDI Los Angeles, I am responsible for the success of the student learning experience.
Design is a strategic process.
Design is a creative mindset.
As a lead instructor for the User Experience Design Immersive (UXDI), my objective is to empower students with both the strategic process (hard skills) and the creative mindset (soft skills) that drive professional success in the industry.
The full-time immersive course emphasizes project-based learning so that designers are actively applying new skills through both independent and collaborative group work. Students come out of the program with a portfolio showcasing their expertise and client experience.
Designing the Learning Experience
I am fascinated by the learning process. Each market has its own personality, and thus instructors are responsible for tailoring the overall experience to meet local industry expectations.
General Assembly provides a standard curriculum designed by experts and practitioners, and instructors are encouraged to iterate, adapt, and expand on the lectures in order to personalize the experience.
As an instructor, my passion is designing a learning process that emphasizes critical thinking and creative process over technical tools.
My focus has been on instructional development of lectures to supplement the existing curriculum (especially where it comes to diversity, design ethics, and exponential trends such as VR, AI, and Blockchain), designing exercises and activities that promote effective diagnosing of complex problems and strategic solution creation, and bringing in guest speakers to expand on a range of relevant topics.
- Adapting and updating curriculum components in addition to delivering relevant, engaging and timely lectures
- Developing individual and group project rubrics to keep students informed of their progress throughout in the course
- Design activities, exercises, and other creative assessment strategies to ensure that students are grasping key concepts and applying them correctly
- Developing project briefs and defining core skills that will be tested through application
- Classroom management and conflict resolution
- Recruiting guest speakers and alumni to come in and provide additional feedback, insights, and expertise
- Informing students of upcoming relevant events and structuring collaborative activities with other immersive students
- Other classroom logistics