Education_SIG_012 Education Special Interest Group September 2013

This session discussed the concept of creating a flow of exercises from early conceptual exercises through to rendering and texturing. It seems important to me to make sure that there is a flow of concepts from an exercise to the next.

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Education_SIG_012 Education Special Interest Group August 2013

This session looked at basic technical drawing skills and whether they should be taught as part of Vectorworks or whether they should be taught separately. There is an argument that these basic skills should be understood before the students learn to use the power of Vectorworks.

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Teaching Vectorworks in High Schools and Universities

I was talking to my friend on the konstruckshon web site yesterday, and he reminded me that schools, colleges and universities are now getting ready for the summer holiday. They start again in September. If you were a teacher wanting to teach Vectorworks in your school, university or college, then you need to start planning your courses.

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Education_SIG_010 Education Special Interest Group July 2013

The attendees wanted to talk about setting up the structure for a training course. The example that we used is a landscape course, but the principles will be the same for any course that you want to create. I have used two manuals as the basis of the course work.

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Self Directed Study

I have been looking at the course notes for one paper at a local college. I was interested to see that the tutor expects students to attend 2 hours of lecture, 2 hours of tutorial, and 6 hours of self-directed study. The tutor is saying that you should put more time into self-directed than you get form the college. Total time for one paper is 10 hours per week, most of which is self-directed.

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Education_SIG_007 Education Special Interest Group May 2013

This was the second session for the Education Special Interest Group for May 2013. The topics we covered were not strictly to do with Vectorworks, they were focused mainly on looking for resources that we could use for creating online tests and quizzes.

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Education_011 – Editing and Modifying

Editing 

These exercises are designed to teach you how to use the basic editing tools and commands. Some people think of these exercises are too simple for them, so they don’t complete them. This is a mistake. These exercises are designed to show you the different options that are available.

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How Important is good Training?

I have just been on a road trip to visit some clients for training. It’s turned out to be a very interesting trip. I visited one client who still using Vectorworks 11.5. I don’t mean Vectorworks 2011 (two years old) I mean Vectorworks 11 from 10 years ago.

The interesting thing for me was that they are not even using this version of Vectorworks effectively…

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Education_SIG_005 Education Special Interest Group April 2013

In this session we looked at the resources that have been added to the web site since March 2013. There have been several pages added to the site, and in particular a road map that can be used to understand how the resources relate to each other and can be used to plan the training.

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Education_SIG_004 Education Special Interest Group April 2013

This session looked at the Education Resources and how to find them on the web site. We also looked at the image on the web site that shows the parts and how the parts relate to each other, and teaching Vectorworks as a whole. I think the road map is really useful to see how the parts relate, and it makes it easy to plan teaching Vectorworks.

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Education_SIG_003 Education Special Interest Group March 2013

In this session we looked at the resources that have been created this month on the Educations Resources page. Each month more resources are being added, so it is a good idea to see how the resources are being added and if the order of the resources need amending.

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Education_010 – Creating

Creating 

These exercises are designed to teach you how to use the basic tools in Vectorworks. Some people think of these exercises are too simple for them, so they don’t complete them. This is a mistake. These exercises are designed to show you the different options that are available in each tool.

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Education_m_004 – Extrusions

Extrusions are the main object in 3D modeling, so here are some rules for Extrusions. Extrude To create an extrusion start with a solid 2D element, for example a rectangle, a circle, etc. If you want to render the object it has to be a solid object before you extrude it. It can be a line, rectangle, polygon. It can be any 2D shape.

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