Designing Ideal Learning Spaces with Generative AI

Main Idea

In this engaging Arts class, students will embark on a creative journey with Generative AI, specifically using tools like DALL-E 3, to envision and design their ideal learning environments. The assignment encourages students to think critically about what makes a space conducive to learning and how technology can bring these ideas to life. They will start by learning the basics of Generative AI and how to craft detailed prompts to produce images that match their vision. To add a personal touch and blend the digital with the real, students are required to take photographs of three objects within their current classroom or learning space and integrate these into their AI-generated images. This process will not only develop their ability to work iteratively, refining their prompts based on the outcomes, but also allow them to experiment with merging real-world elements with their digital creations. The final coursework will be a collection of images that represents their ultimate learning space, showcasing their ability to iterate on their designs until they are satisfied with the results, thereby illustrating the iterative nature of creative work and the power of AI as a tool for artistic expression.

Creator Kati Clements
Subject Arts and Computer science
Length 1-3 hours
Pedagogical Approach Hands-on activity
Interactive learning
Collaborative learning
Inquiry-based learning
Participatory learning
Project-based learning
Design-oriented learning
Experiential learning
  1. Tools and applications: competencies that enable a profound understanding of content generation tools, its possibilities and validation.
  2. Implications: competencies that enable to understand GAIs social, ethical and privacy implications.
  3. Attitudes: competencies that enable awareness of the responsible and critical use of GAI, the positivity, and the confidence in the use of GAI.
Grades Grades 10-12

Computers or tablets with internet access.

Students can upload their project to a learning platform of the teacher’s choosing

Evaluation Discussion

Learning Activities








Crafting Effective Prompts (15 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Demonstrate how to write detailed prompts that guide the AI to generate specific outcomes. Provide examples of effective vs. ineffective prompts.

Student Activity: Students practice writing prompts based on generic environments to understand the importance of detail and specificity.

Taking Photographs (10 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Instruct students to use their smartphones or school-provided cameras to take photos of three objects in their current learning space they wish to include in their designs.

Student Activity: Students select and photograph their chosen objects, considering how they might integrate these into their ideal learning space.

Generating Initial Designs (20 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Guide students through the process of using their prompts in the Generative AI tool to create initial designs. Provide assistance as needed.

Student Activity: Students use their written prompts and the AI tool to generate the first versions of their learning space designs.

Review and Iteration (15 minutes):
Teacher Activity: Encourage students to review their initial designs critically, suggesting revisions to improve their prompts or consider different integrations of their photographed objects.

Student Activity: Students refine their prompts based on feedback and generate new versions of their designs, aiming for improvement and satisfaction with their outcomes.

Finalizing and Sharing (15 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Provide instructions for students to finalize their designs and prepare a short presentation that explains their ideal learning space, the choice of objects, and their experience with the AI tool.

Student Activity: Students finalize their designs and prepare their presentations.

Reflection and Discussion (5 minutes):

Teacher Activity: Facilitate a brief discussion where students can share their thoughts on the process, what they learned, and how they envision the role of AI in future art and design projects.

Student Activity: Participate in the discussion, sharing reflections and ideas for future projects.

Additional Notes:

Ensure all students have access to the necessary technology and understand how to use it safely and responsibly.

Adjust timings as needed based on class size and the pace at which students complete tasks.

Consider setting up a gallery or online forum where students can showcase their work to the school community, further extending the learning experience.