How can I help you?

Griffin is an educator experienced in traditional and online environments, with knowledge in:

  • Instructional and Curriculum Design
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Web Design and Development
  • Project Management
  • User Experience Design

I'm available for adjunct teaching or freelance projects

If you know of a teaching opportunity in the Salem, Oregon area or remotely online that looks like a good match for my skills or teaching history, please reach out.
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Teaching

Extensive experience in college classrooms and online, with dedication to helping students along their educational journey.
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Project Managment

Organizing  web, mobile, VR and other digital projects to deliver within budget, on time, and
to project specifications.

Web Design & Development

Elegant and functional web and mobile solutions, with a focus on front-end
design and WordPress.

Academic Technology

Guidance on using technology in the classroom and online to engage and delight students.
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Instructional Design

Course strategy, curriculum development, learning activity creation and training design following best practices of adult pedagogy.

User Experience Design

User research, user stories, prototypes and testing to make sure a digital project is successful for both users and stakeholders.

Classes I’ve Taught

CS105 Internet Concepts
HTML, CSS, Internet History, Internet Technology, Photoshop
WDIM161 Web Scripting: CSS
HTML, CSS, Web Design, Mobile Design, Design Patterns
WDIM225 Web Design Fundamentals
Design Theory, UX, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Typography
WDIM253 Web Design & Layout
UX, Design Theory, Design Trends, HTML, CSS, JavaScript
VC235 Interface Design
Responsive Design, UX, Photoshop, Illustrator, Mobile Design
WDIM325 Studio I & II
UX, Project Management, Portfolio Development, Professional Development
WDIM375 Information Design
UX, Information Architecture, Wireframes, Personas, Prototyping
WDIM393: Project Management for the Web
Project Management, Professional Development
WDIM427 Digital Portfolio
Portfolio Development, UX, Networking, Professional Development
Teaching Philosophy
“Good teachers possess a capacity for connectedness. They are able to weave a complex web of connections among themselves, their subjects, and their students so that students can learn to weave a world for themselves.” ― Parker J. Palmer, The Courage to Teach

One of my strongest desires as an educator of adults is to assist people down their path, giving them the knowledge and skills to better themselves and their world. By holding myself at the same level as my students, by connecting with their interests and their lives, I’m able to better understand who they are as people and what makes them tick as a student. This, in turn, allows me to better connect with how they learn, how to best engage them in learning, and how to use my own connections outside of the educational environment to help better my students’ lives.

I attempt to instill a love of learning in my students. There’s so much to explore, and the world moves incredibly quickly, especially in the realm of the technology subjects I often teach. I encourage my students to develop a thirst for finding credible and useful information about subjects they are interested in, an incredibly useful skill in an information-based society. I like to get people excited about the possibilities that technology brings, and think about how technology can be used to better the lives of individuals, communities and supportive organizations like nonprofits.

I want to help my students succeed. I do this by not only guiding them with technical knowledge, critical thinking and creative skills, but also by building up their confidence. There is power in believing that you can accomplish something, and a strong base of knowledge and skills goes a long way to strengthen that self-sustaining belief. I encourage my students to try new things, to reach for difficult solutions, to learn from failures, and to celebrate accomplishments.

Ultimately, I’m hoping to make a connection with my students, to step into the role of a trusted mentor. I want to be whom they come to with both difficulties and successes, so that I can assist getting them over impediments and see that light go off in their eyes when they finally understand something they’ve struggled with.

About Griffin

Griffin Walker

I have over 18 years of experience in education and technology. Having worked as an educator, instructional assistant, web designer, web developer, project manager, user experience designer, technical director, and information architect, I have a wide range of experiences to call upon to help others with technology and curriculum development issues.

I have a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from Portland State University with a focus on Adult learning, instructional design, and eLearning as well as a Bachelors of Science in Multimedia and Web Design.

I currently work part time at the Center for Academic Innovation in Chemeketa Community College, helping faculty with learning management systems and instructional design. When not in the Center for Academic Innovation, I’m creating websites as Griffin Digital Design or teaching classes in web design and development at the Pacific University in the Media Arts department and at Chemeketa in the Visual Communications department.

Living in the Pacific Northwest for the past 18 years, I have a love of photography and the outdoors. While I still think fondly of the autumn colors of my youth in Upstate New York, Oregon truly is home. When not working, I can often be found spending time with my wife and fur-babies, reading a book, or playing a video game.

“Griffin has not only been the best educator in my entire academic life, he’s genuine, intelligent, thorough, patient and has always been concerned about us not just as students, but as individuals. “

– Student 

“Griffin is an incredibly valuable teammate and coworker. He is an astute project manager who is skilled at coordinating resources, communicating with clients, managing project scope, and coming up with clear solutions for the complexities that arise in the course of any project.”

– Coworker

“Griffin brings a thoroughness and attention to detail to any task he takes on whether it’s teaching, UX design, development or project management. He is one of the best communicators I have ever worked with. “

– Student and Coworker

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