Connections Education hosts an annual marketing conference to bring together their marketing team with liaisons for each state and school. Each year, the conference is designed around a new theme. The theme for 2015 was comic book superheroes. Rachel was asked to design templates, posters and other collateral for the conference highlighting the theme and CE brands. Rachel came up with the idea to represent each of the CE brands—Connections Education, Connections Academy, International Connections Academy, Nexus Academy, Great Lakes Cyber Academy—with its own superhero. She illustrated this superhero team and designed the backgrounds to mimic classic superhero comic books....[more]
A video presentation about International Connections Academy (iNaCA) for prospective families and students to learn more about iNaCA’s online education program. Video created by Rachel using screen captures of PowerPoint slides and animations combined with video footage and voice over audio....[more]
Connections Education hosts an annual marketing conference to bring together their marketing team with liaisons for each state and school. Each year, the conference is designed around a new theme. The theme for 2014 was a carnival/circus. Rachel was asked to design templates, posters and other collateral for the conference highlighting the theme and CE brand. The resulting design was inspired by vintage carnival posters and focuses on a variety of custom illustrations generated by Rachel....[more]
Visual process documents created for the Connections Education Multimedia Standards & Design, and Curriculum departments. These documents were intended for use by clients, new employees and contractors. The purpose of these process diagrams was to simplify the detailed written process, visually communicate the various steps and parties involved, identify the places where reviews and approvals needed to take place, and set expectations for timeline....[more]
Motion graphic to promote Connections LiveSpeech, a teletherapy service by Connections Learning, a division of Connections Education. Displayed at the 2011 ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association) Convention at the Connections tradeshow booth....[more]
Rachel was asked by the State Relations team to design a 1-page document (front and back) to visually and succinctly highlight the successes and improvements of the Connections Academy (CA) schools, particularly in comparison to their states overall. The 1-pager needed to be customizable for each CA school and would need to be updated each year when new numbers were published. The intended purpose was to distribute the 1-pagers to state and local legislators in order to advocate for the continued support of CA in that state....[more]
The Connections Education Virtual Employee Orientation Training is an animated, task based simulation that leads new employees through a virtual office. Employees are greeted by their mentor, Dylan. Dylan instructs employees about the company overall and assigns the employee tasks to encourage engagement and learning. As employees tour the virtual office environment, they are introduced to other key department heads who can instruct them on the nuances of that department.
Rachel was responsible for illustrating all of the scenes, designing the user interface based on rough wireframes from the instructional designers, modifying an existing set of characters and illustrating new characters....[more]
Rachel’s sister, Dana, and her now husband, Trevor, asked Rachel to design their wedding invitations. Dana and Trevor loved the farmhouse chic look and wanted that to be the design inspiration for their wedding and invitations. In order to print the invitations, Rachel ordered the paper and envelopes from a wholesaler and worked with a local Austin screen-printing shop.
The Virtual Digital Scale is an interactive tool designed and built by the Connections Academy multimedia team to help students complete lessons on mass and volume. Students can select from various containers, zero the weight, add materials to measure, and add additional containers or materials, just as they might on a physical digital scale. Rachel worked on the user interface, designed the skin, and illustrated the scale and the majority of the containers and materials. The client's artistic direction was to provide photorealistic illustrations....[more]
A selection of slides from a presentation by the Connections Education State Relations team created to educate ClubORANGE parents on how they can advocate on behalf of Connections Academy and other virtual schools. Storyboard, slides and illustrations by Rachel. Presentation written and presented by the State Relations team....[more]
A selection of slides from a Connections Education training presentation on Sales and Outbound Marketing. Presentation written and presented by a Sales Manager. Storyboard, slides and illustrations designed by Rachel....[more]
A selection of slides from a training video presentation for the Connections Education Legal and HR departments on the proper retention of school records. Audio and actual video footage is not included for confidential purposes. Storyboard, slides, illustrations and animations designed by Rachel. Content and script by the CE Legal and HR departments....[more]
A selection of slides from a presentation on education solutions for students who are homebound or in-treatment. Presentation presented at the 2013 METC Conference in San Antonio by a Texas Connections Academy @ Houston (TCAH) team member. Storyboard, slides, visualizations and illustrations designed by Rachel....[more]
After completing their first full year of operations, Connections Education conducted a survey of all Nexus Academy Schools to gain input from students and staff on the space design, equipment and furniture, and safety and security features. Rachel was tasked with creating a report from the raw survey results that visually communicated the findings for review by company executives. The final report was 203 pages and contained 8 sections: the combined results as well as a section for each school. Each section included visualizations of all the survey questions and responses as well as summaries highlighting the key findings and take-aways that Rachel identified when analyzing the data....[more]
Title slide animation played before each Connections Academy (CA) Middle School Math interactive multimedia presentation (MMP). MMPs are created by CA’s multimedia team. MMPs combine graphics, video, and audio to bring educational ideas and concepts to life.