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!

CAD, CAD Careers

And what’s wrong with hand drafting?

In 1981 I started my training at central Maine Vocational technical Institute. I will never forget the lettering guides and the first exercise of the day was to fill a page with text to practice making the perfect block letters, every day.

There were no computers in the architectural department and the concept of cad, at least to us students, did not exist. I didn’t realize it at the time but I was perfecting what would soon become the lost art of hand drafting. Would one now use the acronym H.A.D.?