I have attached a PDF of a project I do with my college level Photoshop course. They are asked to experiment with image making and applying special effects in a non destructive way using Camera Raw and Photoshop. I provide images for them to create panoramas, split toning, HDR, and plastic camera and Instagram effects.
They are assigned to create a worksheet that reverse engineers an Instagram filter and create a portfolio of 12 portraits using one or two of the effects we have reviewed.
I have attached an example of a student process worksheet and a few jpgs of high quality work are on my Behance.