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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 1:40:40 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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I'm in the process of training staff members on Revit. As I look around the room I see people nodding off, playing on their cell phones, head resting in their hands and doodling; you get the picture.

My question is, how do we go about making training a bit more interesting to help keep the students attention? I think I'm going to pump loud techno music in the background... or an air horn... maybe it'll help.

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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:06:11 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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set them to work, let them make something while learning.

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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:16:58 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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"I think I'm going to pump loud techno music in the background... or an air horn... maybe it'll help" - yeah, to sleep... put them to create something "Hard" with Voids and mass, with hard shapes, slanteds, twist roofs and so one....

 


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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:31:34 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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challenge them to learn, give them the opportunity to design a building of their choice.  Then at a given interval, have them print out their plan set, you do a plan check, red-line them, and set them loose again.  They will be forced to learn how to do things themselves, or to ask you or a class mate how to do things.   You can take time out to lecture on common mistakes, or something that might aid them as it becomes necessary for them to know.  I had to teach my office Revit, and there isn't enough structure to Revit to run a structured program.  The best way to learn is to get in there and get dirty, so challenge them.  Best of luck, and blasting techno... I'd just stop showing up if you are that mean! Smile

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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 3:47:47 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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Make the learning session as interactive as possible. If you have laptops around the office, download the trail version of Revit for training purposes, install the same 'training' Revit file on the computers and have the 'students' do exactly what you do on the screen. It may be a slower process but will keep their attention and thus be an effective process. Also, I find that the training files that come preloaded in Revit have some interesting models that people can play around with Cryingopen > training file folder - on left of dialog box > common or imperial folder).

I empathize your frustration; a coworker asked for Revit help the other day and after about 2 minutes of explaining and showing how to do the task, I thought 'my she is very quiet and attentive'...HA! she was asleep! Another thing that frustrates me is when coworkers ask for help, they either try to tell YOU how to do it - which is incorrect or they wouldn't ask for help in the first place - or they haven't even hit the 'help' button yet. You could be blunt with them: 'either you're going to pay attention or not learn this program. I refuse to be a human-help-button when you guys encounter problems' (just me venting) It might not be wise when yearly reviews come up...I remember while in school, some professors would force students to leave if they fell asleep during a lecture.


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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 4:13:09 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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Thank you for your feedback.

 

The way we have our training sessions setup is, we have everyone's computers setup in the conference room and I have the students follow along with me as we design a (in this case) strip mall from scratch. So I have them interacting while I'm lecturing, but I think it comes down to the fact of the fast learners vs. the slower learners. As I'm helping the slower learners wioth questions and problems they are having I think that is where I'm losing the faster learners.

 

I even had one my student come up to me today and say that she had a horrible dream last nite. She had dreamt that she was in Revit training and "IT WAS SO BORING!" How sad is that?! A "horrible" dream about Revit training and how boring it was! Thats what led me to posting this thread.

 

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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 4:52:09 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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sorry to say this but i think its all down to pesonality.

in the office would you be a friendly outgoing type who everyone would ask to the pub when they are going for a pint, or are you a quite loaner type would would hear of other staff members going to the pub but never get invited.

fun interesting people make even boring tasks interesting, and i would think that revit is generally an interesting subject for architects engineers ect.

 



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Wed, Oct 22, 2008 at 5:18:17 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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Personality does help. However, preparation helps even more. I have the same issues in my class teaching AutoCAD. For those students who are slow, a strip mall with no tenant improvements  is a good goal. However, for the students who are quick learners, include an “explore further handout” that will include pop-outs, arches and other cosmetic features of the structure. Also, they can generate tenant improvements  as well – however, they should be in form of handouts. This way, intermediate students can try and do the same thing as advanced students. I have found that the students will begin to share information with each other with some encouragement. For the really advanced students, you can include a separate building that will be an office complex or restaurant. The key is planning; planning in such a way that the slower students can take advantage of the faster students.

I don’t allow cell phone operation in the class.

Lastly, if you have time, get to know your students. This will help you determine ways to challenge them.


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Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 11:48:30 AM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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Hi,Any further updates on this thread? Hope to see more replies one of these days,especially feedbacks from the thread starter. Seems like this thread has been inactive for a while. Think topic should be closed.

 

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Tue, Oct 6, 2009 at 12:55:48 PM | Teaching Revit - How to Make it Interesting

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Well - the thread was inactive.... There is not a procedure to close a thread at RC, we just hope that individuals don't answer a year old thread.

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