CAD, CAD Careers, CAD Training, General

Still Training

Welcome back,

Since I last wrote, I have closed out another semester of teaching CAD at the adult ed program in town. The main course that I teach is a beginner’s introduction to Autocad and drafting. I say the main one because I took on another course introducing Google’s Sketch Up but I will get to that next time.

This past semester I threw out all of my notes. Not in a fit rage or anything, I needed to refocus and rewrite them thinking of ways to use what I have learned in the class room and on the web. Having an online business has been a goal of mine for awhile and it didn’t take long teaching to see that I found a great opportunity to get paid while I built a product to sell on the web. I have much to learn about the internet environment, but I have a start.

My first thought was to create the material in a format that my students could use while away from the class room all week and still be translated easily into web-based material. I started by getting every class outlined with the study material well formatted and organized in a word document (and ready for Power Point).

I am pulling away from the text book and creating my own material that I teach. For now I feel that it will be a good investment to author my own material, especially since much of it has been done already as I refined my CAD class. I would not have made this a priority had I not been so far into it already. I am trying to remember Michael Masterman’s phrase “Ready, Fire, Aim”. I still feel that the textbook we used is very good, however, could be more of a companion text.

By the way, thanks for your patience, I am using the “Ready, Aim, Fire” concept in blogging also. Hopefully the passion that I have for what am writing about comes through and holds your attention!

I’m evaluating a multi-media course on blogging from the folks at Simpleology. For a while, they’re letting you snag it for free if you post about it on your blog.It covers:

  • The best blogging techniques.
  • How to get traffic to your blog.
  • How to turn your blog into money.

I’ll let you know what I think once I’ve had a chance to check it out. Meanwhile, go grab yours while it’s still free.

A new semester is starting in a couple of weeks and I have some work to do but I plan to roll out the new material to the class and get their input. What a great opportunity!  My goal this semester is to break into the internet and establish a site where I can publish the material for my students and add some additional resources for them.

We may have a few expanded topics here soon. I could really get away from CAD and just talk about training, blogging, entrepreneurial spirit, and lets not forget staying organized and balanced!

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