I'm Bruce Wolcott, and this is my professional information website. I'm an instructor in the Digital Media Arts and Communications departments at Bellevue College, in Bellevue, Washington, where I've taught both online and in the classroom since 1998. All of my courses are strongly integrated with the Web. Most recently, I've been working with the Bellevue College Faculty Commons to deliver a workshop series with the aim of acquainting instructors to new technologies for teaching.
From 2010-2012 I taught a hybrid synchronous/asynchronous online class called the Fundamentals of Interactive Entertainment for the University of Tasmania, via the Human Interface Technology Lab under the sponsorship of Dr. Thomas Furness of the University of Washington. This course provided an overview of interactive media - video games and real-time interactive simulations. It included information concerning the history, theory, technology, design, and social impact of these emerging communications media. A live classroom session was screencast directly from Seattle to a University of Tasmania classroom in Launceston, Australia. This high definition television connection consisted of live lectures and classroom discussions.
I've co-authored two textbooks with my Bellevue College colleague, Michael Korolenko. The most recent is a print/web hybrid called Digital Futurama (Bruce Wolcott and Michael Korolenko) published by Kendall/Hunt Publishers, and released in January, 2009. In 2006, I completed a media theory textbook with Korolenko called Design and Storytelling: Media Literacy for the Digital Age (Bruce Wolcott and Michael Korolenko), released by Pearson Publishing.
While teaching at Bellevue College, I've also worked as an author and designer for web-related projects sponsored by the National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies, Harcourt Brace Publishers, and Thomson Publishing. My current interests are in collaborative Web-based learning environments, and exploring the use of real-time interactive computer simulations and games for learning. Since 1998, I've taught the following classes at Bellevue College: Web Multimedia Foundations (Media 110), Digital Imaging (Media 102) , Exploring the Digital Future (CMST 131), Digital Design and Storytelling (Media 105), History of Animation (CMST 119), Technology of Persuasion (CMST102), Computer and Internet Foundations (Media 109), Videogame and Simulations Theory (GAME 140), Writing for the World Wide Web (CMST 136), and Media and Messages (CMST 103).
I have over 25 years' experience in multimedia production. Early in my career, I studied motion picture production in Rome, Italy and had the good fortune of working at Motiva Ltd., a pioneering multi image production company in New York City. After completing my B.A. at The Evergreen State College in multimedia, I was media production coordinator for the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, and worked 18 years as an optical effects designer and producer for a wide range of Seattle-area clients. I've taught at Bellevue College since 1998.
- Bruce Wolcott