Completing the scaffolded assignments, while challenging in their own way, was a manageable endeavor. The fact I was able to complete take part in the live classes, review the course materials, and complete assignments in a timely manner is likely a true reflection of a "just-right" challenge for me. Now as I plan on designing an interactive pdf for a personal project, I feel a little intimidated and realize I have been thinking about it for several weeks, but no action has been taken. I know it will be a bit more than a comfortable challenge.
The difficulty with designing assignments, and maybe more so for creative assignments, is the "just-right" challenge. Creativity takes time and not just on the inspiration end. Crafting takes time and I feel we always underestimate and undervalue that time in the classroom. I think it must be frustrating to have assignments thrown at you which don't allow you to take the time to truly craft your product. Time is certainly not limitless, but I don't feel as though a "design an infographic" task can be thrown out in the same manner a collection of short-answer essays are distributed. I always lean toward options, but the management questions often get in the way.