Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


Date of this Version

Spring 2022

Document Type



The portfolio analyzes two sections of the JOMC 130: Introduction to Design Thinking course that serves as the first course in a five course sequence about Communication Design in the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. The portfolio explores the student outcomes from the course in general as well as compares the student success between in-person and online delivery for the course during the Fall 2021 semester. The course focuses on three main topics—technology, design thinking or problem solving, and storytelling. These three topics are foundational to all majors in the college. The course is part of a five course sequence that introduces students not just to these concepts but also the hardware and software they will use throughout their time at the college. The portfolio looks at the teaching methods used, specific activities, and the outcomes produced in the course. Quantitative analysis of student outcomes proved that online delivery produced more successful outcomes than in-person instruction in all categories except teamwork.