On March 19th 2015, I chose the self-paced workshop Up and Running with Behance with Adobe Education Exchange.
Adobe Education Exchange: Up and Running with Behance
Behance is an online platform built to help creatives showcase and discover other designer’s work. With deep integration into Adobe’s desktop and mobile apps, Behance enables members to quickly share their work and collaborate with team members at the click of a button.
With a focus on professional use for students, I worked this material in three major categories:
- Inspire & Explore
- Step 1: Explore Behance
- Step 2: Learn How Behance Works
- Step 3: Explore Example Projects
- Explain & Apply
- Step 1: Create a Behance profile
- Step 2: Start Building your Network
- Step 3: Build Your Portfolio
- Step 4: Make the Most of Behance
- Reflect & Connect
- Step 1: Consider Behance as a Tool for Teaching and Learning
- Step 2: Conclusion and Next Steps
Behance can be a powerful tool for personal professional development. But increasingly, I see that educators are using Behance in the classroom as a tool for teaching and learning as well as a platform for student collaboration, sharing, and feedback. Using Teams, you can set up small collaborative groups of students in your class, whether you meet virtually or face-to-face. If you want to stretch the boundaries of your classroom, you can have students share their WIPs for public feedback that they must take into account during the revision process. Some educators even use Behance appreciations as a way to foster healthy competition during design challenges.
Behance also is a great way to support college and career-readiness. Portfolios are important in college applications and job searches. Helping students establish their online presence now, teachers can ensure that they’ll have well-curated and impactful portfolios at graduation. Hosting a Behance Portfolio Review is a great way to help students improve their portfolios in time for college applications or job fairs. Taking a moment to reflect on how I might use Behance in my teaching and learning practice, I think I’ll provide some notes to my fellow teachers.