Here at Skillshare, we believe that learning by doing is the best way to pick up real-world skills. Hundreds of students upload new projects everyday.  That’s why all classes on Skillshare are project-based. Here are three steps you should take to develop an amazing project assignment for your class:

Step 1: Answer the following questions to get the brainstorming started:

  • What’s your favorite project that you’ve ever created?

  • What is the most unique, distinct skill your class is teaching?

  • What can your students create to demonstrate they’ve learned this skill?

Step 2: Now that you have some ideas for your project, here are some tips to help you select the best one for your class:

  • Successful projects get students to create something that they can share for feedback. Remind students to share their projects in the gallery.

  • Make sure students can jump in and get started immediately with their project. The lower the barrier is to beginning the project, the easier it will be for students to start creating.

  • Add a constraint to the project to give students a clearer direction for what to create. Specific instructions help students dive in right away.

Step 3: Finally, check out some existing Skillshare classes and get inspired by the amazing projects students are creating right now:

1. Tutorial:Illustrate a Screen-Printed Skull T-Shirt from a Photo Reference. This class includes a tutorial-style project that provides detailed, step-by-step instructions for students to follow as they create their own screen-printed t-shirt.

2.  Assignment:Style Your Letters Boldly: Hand-Addressed Envelopes. Erik Marinovich provides students with a specific assignment to create a hand-addressed envelope to send to a friend. The project includes 4 distinct phases, each with a component to share in the project gallery.

3. Challenge: Creativity I: It’s More than You Think. This project prompts students to reflect on the lessons of the class by generating a response to a particular challenge: how can your band be at 2 places at once?

Now that you’ve brainstormed and checked out some great examples, you should be all set to begin putting together your own project guide. More tips and tricks here in the teacher help center.

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