Integrating Adobe Firefly in the Classroom

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Adobe Firely, offered as part of the Adobe Creative Campus license, is the University of Miami's preferred AI-powered image generation tool.This page is designed to provide valuable insights into the practical use of Adobe Firefly in the higher education classroom. It will outline the tool's benefits, potential limitations, and considerations when integrating it into educational settings. Additionally, the page will offer a collection of assignment examples and use cases, serving as a resource for educators seeking to leverage this technology to improve their teaching methods and engage students in a more visually compelling way.

Quick Links: About - Considerations - Assignment Examples - Limitations

About Adobe Firefly

Adobe Firefly is a standalone web application available at firefly.adobe.com that is available to all students, faculty, and staff at the University of Miami. Using generative AI , Firefly enhances the way users visually convey ideas effectively through a wide array of capabilities including text to image, generative fill, and more. For example, through the text to image feature, users can describe an image they envision through specific prompts as well as select various effects, colors, and tones to generate their desired image. 

To learn more about how to access Adobe Firefly using your UM credentials, please visit the Adobe Firefly Get Started page. 

Considerations

This section delves into various aspects to reflect on before and during the implementation of generative AI in the curriculum such as the importance of faculty experimentation and modeling, the development of guidance for student use,  and more. By reflecting on these considerations, educators can create a learning environment that leverages the potential of AI while ensuring meaningful educational outcomes.

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  • Experiment & Model

    Before asking students to use Adobe Firefly, educators should first consider experimenting with Adobe Firefly themselves. Experimenting with Adobe Firefly can offer insights into the capabilities and limitations of the tool. After learning the tool, consider modeling or incorporating it into a lesson that demonstrates its applications to guide students on how to make the most of Adobe Firefly. For example, instructors can emphasize the importance of providing context and specificity in their prompts to achieve the desired outcome. Students should also be encouraged to experiment with different prompts to discover the most efficient ways to achieve their desired results. 

  • Develop Guidance

    When incorporating tools like Adobe Firefly into the curriculum, faculty should provide students with clear instructions on the tool's technical aspects as well as the ethical considerations surrounding AI-generated content. One approach to promoting ethical AI integration is by engaging students in the co-creation of guidance through community agreements on AI use. This collaborative effort fosters a sense of shared responsibility and accountability among students. Faculty, in partnership with their students, can develop guidance that addresses both the potential and limitations of AI technology, and lay the foundation for responsible use. 

    Another aspect to consider when integrating generative AI tools like Adobe Firefly is whether students will be required to acknowledge the use of AI-generated content. Faculty should provide clear guidance to students on how to cite AI-generated content accurately for the course or utilize the most recent updates in their respective style books such as APA, Chicago, and MLA

  • Encourage Reflection

    Faculty should consider the advantages of pairing AI-generated image assignments with reflective writing. This combination not only fosters critical thinking but also empowers students to articulate the rationale behind their creative decisions. For example, students can reflect on the choices they made while crafting images in Adobe Firefly. The reflective process can also prompt students to consider why they selected specific elements, effects, colors, or tones in their creations.

  • Offer Alternatives

    Visual representations may not offer equal accessibility to all learners, particularly to those with visual impairments or individuals who lack familiarity with the specific graphic format in use (CAST, 2018). When designing generative AI assignments, it's important to consider providing alternative assignments that enable students to show they've met the learning objectives using alternative formats. Alternative assignments can include non-visual alternatives such as text or spoken descriptions.

  • Align Learning Outcomes

    Prior to deciding if and how to integrate generative AI technology, it's important to reflect on your course’s learning goals. Does the assignment that utilizes generative AI technology align with an existing goal? Will the use of generative AI technology facilitate the development of new skills and knowledge that are relevant to the course's learning goals? How might the inclusion of generative AI technology expand students' understanding of the subject matter or field of study?

Assignment Examples

In this section, we provide an array of sample assignments that showcase the diverse ways in which Adobe Firefly can be integrated in the classroom. As you explore these assignments, consider how you can adapt and implement them to align with your course objectives.

Are you already integrating Adobe Firefly in your assignments? Please share your experience with us at life@miami.edu to be featured on the site.

Visual Aid

Use AI to develop a public awareness campaign around the topic of climate change and climate gentrification.

Dina Moulikova, GEG 203 - Global Challenges

image of climate gentrification

Prompt: A city being impacted by climate change, there is a safe covered by a glass dome for the privileged

Style: Art, Futuristic

Develop a short story that integrates AI visuals into the story. You can create images that represent characters, important scenes, objects, or emotions from your story.

woman walking with small child in a park feeding ducks

Prompt: A woman wearing a coat feeding ducklings near a pond with a small child

Style: Art, Paper Mache

Utilize AI-generated visuals to create a visual timeline that traces historical events in Miami, focusing on themes like the city's immigration dynamics, the profound influence of its art scene, or its pivotal role in the civil rights movement. The timeline should not only uncover Miami's rich history but also reveals how it has shaped the city's contemporary infrastructure and cultural fabric.

image of men playing dominoes in a park 

Prompt: A group of older man playing dominos in Miami art deco style

Illustrate an Abstract Concept

Use Adobe Firefly to illustrate the poem “Lady Lazarus” by Sylvia Plath with a written reflection on how you developed that image, and why it relates to the poem. 

woman rising out of the ocean with red hair

Prompt: A 30 year old woman who keep coming back from the dead like a saint with red hair, she should rising from the ocean like a phoenix with a vengeance

Style: Art with a 3D style

Choose five different emotions. Use a generative AI image generation tool to create visual representations of these emotions. Accompany each image with a short explanation (200-250 words) discussing the psychology behind each emotion, the reason for your design choices, and how the AI interpreted your inputs.

person outside alone looking at shooting stars

Prompt: Vastness, walking by the night sky, glittering stars

Style: Art, Vaporwave, Vibrant Colors, Long-time Exposure

Choose a complex geometric concept or function. Use generative AI to visualize this function or concept, creating an image that helps elucidate its intricacies or beauty. Accompany your image with a brief report explaining the chosen concept and how the AI-generated visualization aids in understanding that geometric function.

a shellPrompt: Ocean, Fractal Geometry, Swirls and Pastels

Style: Art, Geometric Pen, Iridescent

Limitations

As technology continues to advance, the integration of tools such as Adobe Firefly in higher education holds promise for educators and students alike. It offers an array of creative possibilities, enabling the design of visually engaging educational materials and the illustration of complex concepts. However, it is vital to acknowledge that no tool is without limitations. In this section, we'll explore some of the potential limitations of Adobe Firefly.

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  • Potential Biases

    As with any AI-powered tool, Adobe Firefly's output is influenced by the data it is trained on. Faculty and students should be aware that the tool's content generation may reflect the biases inherent in the data sources. This awareness is crucial to ensure that the educational content produced with Firefly is inclusive and unbiased. To foster student understanding, faculty may want to facilitate a discussion about the tool's potential biases that can encourage students to critically evaluate the content they encounter as well as deepen their understanding of the complexities surrounding AI. 

  • Unrealistic Body Features

    While Adobe Firefly offers impressive capabilities, it's important to acknowledge that there may be instances where the generated images include body features that appear unrealistic. This is particularly relevant when designing content that involves human representation. With the latest version, Firefly Image 2, the images rendered are of higher quality including improved human body features.

    man popping out of iPad   professors in conference room

    Unrealistic body features using Firefly Image 1 (left) and Firefly Image 2 (right).

    Prompt: Professors meeting with the dean discussing AI virtually with eager smiles

  • Distorted Text

    Additionally, users should be aware that text may sometimes appear distorted and unclear in the images generated by Firefly. This limitation may affect the legibility of textual content within the images. Faculty and students should exercise caution when relying on Firefly for text-based visual materials.

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    Distorted text using Firefly Image 1 (left) and Firefly Image 2 (right). 

    Prompt: Butterfly flying by the Miami River you can see a sign that states Miami River

  • Training Data Source

    Adobe Firefly is trained on data primarily sourced from Adobe Stock. This may limit the range of images it can generate, potentially impacting the tool's versatility in certain educational scenarios. Given Firefly's training on Adobe Stock, students encounter limitations when attempting to generate images resembling those of well-known artists. For instance, they cannot directly prompt Firefly to replicate an image of a cell in the style of Van Gogh's 'Starry Night'. Instead, they would need to adapt their prompts and utilize various effects, colors, and tones to craft something inspired by 'Starry Night.' As a result, educators should be aware that the tool's image database is not exhaustive, and they may need to complement Firefly-generated content with external resources where necessary to meet specific learning objectives.

    the cell in the style of Van Gogh

    Prompt: The cell with visible brushstrokes rendered in a bright opulent color palette with wavy patterns

    Style: Painting, Impressionism

References

Ohio State University - Teaching and Learning Resource Center. (n.d.) AI Consideration for Teaching and Learning. Retrieved from https://teaching.resources.osu.edu/teaching-topics/ai-considerations-teaching-learning

Fink, D. L., (2013). Creating significant learning experiences: An integrated approach to designing college courses. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

CAST (2018). Universal Design for Learning Guidelines version 2.2. Retrieved from http://udlguidelines.cast.org


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