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    Starting a new endeavor

    I start teaching a workforce development class in Revit at the local community college tonight. 2 nights a week for 5 weeks per class to give them the basic foundations so they can muddle their way forward into the next 5 week class.
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    Does the college have a CAD room, or do they all bring their laptops with student versions?
    Have fun. Teaching it to beginners is full of cheers, beers, fears and tears.. In no particular order. And it's a blast seeing the eyes light up when the pennies drop, and seeing the ones that fly.

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    Its a full CAD lab with decently set up desktops

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    Good luck with it all mate. I always found with our CAD rooms, there is no space for physical plans to be laid out as well. Do Architects design CAD rooms?

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    I teach at a local community college to students who know NOTHING about the building industry or any kind of software. I always have to remind myself to slow down while teaching. Things that seem like they should be obvious and easy to a long time user is not obvious or easy to a new user.

    I have fun doing it, but it can be tough sometimes when you get that student who is just difficult for one reason or another. It is best when you have folks who "get it". Then it feels like you are really doing something.
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    Analogies are your best tool when teaching cad. It can be a very foreign world to them unless they connect on a familiar level.

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    Congrats, David.
    My Community College class starts tonight.
    Almost the same as yours: 4 weeks, 2 nights a week, 3 hours a night.
    I use Dan Stine's book as my syllabus
    https://www.amazon.com/Commercial-De.../dp/163057094X

    I've been doing this class for 10 years now.
    It's been an experience.
    Everything from someone who finished the entire book after 3 weeks to a guy who I had to literally push his finger down to explain what a "right-click" was.
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