Choosing Your Class Project

Skillshare pedagogy is focused on project-based learning, and all classes need to have a project component. Projects help students practice new skills as they learn, and provide a great opportunity for sharing and feedback.   

Student Colleen M. shares her watercolor practice from Modern Watercolor Techniques: Beginner's Level

Here are three tips for creating a class project your students will be excited to create and share!

  1. Make your project easy to start.

Students are more likely to do a quick, lightweight exercise than an intensive, complicated project. Bite-sized, manageable projects feel easy to start, and give students an immediate sense of accomplishment. Here is a great example of a lightweight project.

  1. Make your instructions clear and easy to understand.

Your project description is your opportunity to encourage students to create and share their work. Keep it clear and straightforward. Feel free to attach files or include additional resources, but keep it focused on the project (in other words, don’t provide so much background information that the student gets lost in the details). If your project requires multiple steps, list them out to keep it digestible. Here is a great example.

  1. Encourage students to share their work along the way.

Remember, we’re all here to learn! Encourage your students to share their work-in-progress. The more work students share along the way, the more feedback they'll get from you and other students, which makes for a better learning experience.

Note: If you’re struggling to come up with an engaging project for your class, check out these tips for creating engaging projects in trickier topic areas (like business and tech). 

Need some help crafting your project?

If you’d like feedback on your class project, we’re here to help! Email your ideas to teach@skillshare.com.