Valery Keibler
Director of Faculty and Staff Development

Modifying Assignments for Student Skill and Talent

Lesson Plan Published 5/8/14 Last updated on 5/16/18

When teaching in a digital graphic design classroom, the instructor needs to coach students in both software skills/tools and graphic design theory. It has worked well for me to address the software skills first and then introduce the theory. This allows me to identify students who need more help to perform the skills and also challenge the students who can accomplish the task (either by skill or talent).

By starting with the end outcome assessment of the project and a mid-process assessment of the students' skills, the process works very well.

The attached process chart and sample assignment sheet can help explain this process.

  • Acrobat

    The complete PDF solution for working anywhere. (includes desktop, web, and mobile access)

  • Adobe Premiere Pro

    Edit media in its native format and create productions for film, TV, and web.

  • Dreamweaver

    Design and develop modern, responsive websites.

  • Photoshop

    Editing and compositing for photos, web and mobile app designs, 3D artwork, videos, and more.

  • Illustrator

    Create beautiful vector art and illustrations.

  • InDesign

    Craft elegant layouts at your desk or on the go.

Age Levels
1+ Week
Content Standards
21st Century Skills Framework
ISTE Standards
Students: Creative Communicator, Students: Innovative Designer, Students: Computational Trainer

This is a planning process to be used with teaching digital design software.  Process can fit any software, no additional resources needed.

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Shafiq Rehman

Posted on 9/16/19 10:00:54 PM Permalink

​That is very helpful thanks for sharing Valery

Dr. Tarek Bahaa El Deen

Posted on 9/26/18 6:49:48 PM Permalink

​Very helpful resource

Thank you for sharing.

Tony Bolder

Posted on 5/21/14 3:50:20 PM Permalink

I like this idea, as I tend to teach in the opposite way, but will try your way now and compare the results.

Jennifer Cook

Posted on 5/19/14 6:18:19 PM Permalink

Thank you Valery for this quality resource. I agree with teaching the software first and then bringing in the aesthetics in a class where both are covered.