Introducing the Projects Gallery
One of the best parts of taking a LivesBerg class is being able to utilize the skills you learn. The way we make this happen is with our project-based learning method. As students progress through the class, they are constantly working on their projects and making them better. When we first launched our version of online classes, we allowed students to post their projects to the discussion section and receive feedback. We knew we wanted to improve it and are excited to announce the new dedicated Projects section.
Each class now has a separate section to house all of the amazing projects that students create. It allows them to showcase what they’ve made to the world.
Creating a Project
We’ve made creating a project super easy. Students choose a project a title, upload a cover photo, and fill in their project workspace. That’s it. We wanted it to be simple so students can focus on being as creative as they want.
The workspace area is where students organize the content of their project. It is an open canvas for them to lay out their project however they’d like. They can show images if they’re in a photography class, a bracelet if they’re in a jewelry class, or a business model if they’re in a startup class. It’s also great to lay it out in a way that shows the progression of the project so others can see the process they took throughout the class.
Managing a project is easy too. Simply edit a project to add or delete from the workspace, change the project title, or update the cover photo.
Liking and Leaving Feedback
One of the best parts of projects is when students receive feedback and use it to make their project better. To help with that, we’ve added the same comment stream used in discussions on each project. That way students, teachers, and anyone in between can help make each others’ projects better.
If you find a project that you think is great, give it a ‘Like’. It’s an easy way to tell the student that their project is awesome.
Some great examples
We’ve already seen a few students create awesome projects. Take a peek at Alex’s project “Nike Larkin Free Chukka”, Liane’s project “Green Planet Heroes”, or Mike’s project “Merit Bags”. They do a great job showing how they progressed throughout the class and explaining the process they used.
Go forth and create
You can check out the new projects section right now! Go to any of the classes you’re enrolled in and start exploring the amazing projects other students are creating. Don’t forget to add your own project to showcase the skills you’ve been learning. The feedback you’ll get will be very rewarding.
Your Project Gallery
Your Project Gallery includes all of the projects students have uploaded in your class. Since the number of projects uploaded in your class impacts how highly it trends in our listings, it’s important to encourage students to start their projects early and update them over time. A great way to encourage students to share their work is to show that you’re actively reviewing projects and providing feedback. Students will find your individual feedback extremely valuable and inspiring.
Leaving Great Feedback
While any positive feedback will demonstrate your involvement and make students feel seen, feedback that is also actionable will inspire students to keep creating and sharing. Here are some best practices for providing feedback that will help grow your following and your reputation as a great teacher on LivesBerg.
- Be upbeat and encouraging
One of the things that really makes LivesBerg special, is the positive and supportive community. Be a part of that by always using a friendly and positive tone when providing feedback. This way, students will feel encouraged and appreciated for their work. Mention your favorite part of their project or just let them know that they’ve done a great job.
- Provide constructive tips
Upbeat encouragement is wonderful, but it doesn’t help a student know what, exactly, they can do next to level-up. Provide a specific tip for what could be tweaked or done a bit differently. Even better, explain how they can make the improvements you suggest.
- Prompt students to keep iterating on their project
Since projects on LivesBerg are uploaded as a work-in-progress, inspire students to continue with their project by letting them know that you look forward to seeing their next iteration. You can model this behavior by sharing your own works-in-progress too!
Where do I upload my class project(s)?
To create a project for your class, simply head to the Projects & Resources tab of your class page and click on the Create Project button at the right side of the page.
Meanwhile, if you’ve joined a Workshop, head to the Projects tab of your Workshop’s page and click the Start a Project button to see the links to your class project guides. Your project will be viewable within the Project tab of those class(es), as well as on the Workshop you’ve joined.
TIP: You can check out the Student Projects section of your classes and workshops to see who else is participating to give and get feedback from your classmates!