I've taught part-time, I was a Wisconsin Certified Instructor for 12 years, 19 semesters of 3D software Modeling/BIM programs for manufacturing and building design...each of my students left with a custom (printed and digital) portfolio that represented their talents and project design work they completed in my classes. Not just printouts of canned exercises from a book.
Below is a document that more design schools need to review. Today's design practice is a digital design practice. So let's make sure that when students pay for and graduate with their BS in Engineering or MS in Architecture, they are well prepared and employable for their immediate roles in the "real design practice world".
From an Educational Perspective: BIM in the Architectural Curriculum(PDF)David R. Scheer, AIA, Associate Professor and DirectorCenter for Integrated Design and ConstructionUniversity of Utah College of Architecture + Planning
As Building Information Modeling becomes the new standard for the AEC industry, the training of young professionals to work in this environment becomes a critical issue. Certain tendencies in current architectural education are clearly unsuited to BIM, whose value lies in its capacity to facilitate collaboration and accumulate information throughout the entire building lifecycle. An entirely new approach to architectural education is needed. This process has begun at the University of Utah's College of Architecture and Planning.
Curriculum changes are being tried, ranging from rethinking the design studio to the addition of new courses specifically addressing BIM. Greater involvement by industry in architectural education is needed to bring the collaboration-building aspects of BIM into the classroom and studio. Read on...
In 2007, I've taught Revit to two college professors from two separate architectural universities. They flew hundreds of miles to Chicago. Why?
Before they started implementing and integrating a BIM process-based methodology into their program for Architecture, they wanted to see what was really happening in the architectural-engineering trenches.
Thus improving their professional credibility as a professor, their university's competitive-educational image and the value of their students' degree and employability.
Thank goodness the Colleges of Medicine don't subscribe to a philosophy of letting medical students "figure out" how to use the latest digital medical equipment and processes...
Some of our design schools (as you indicated in your area of the world) also install the software and leave it to the student to "figure it out"...how dangerous is that?
Or they leave it to the professor/TA to figure out....feeling, they're an instructor, why should they take classes to learn the proper use of the digital design tool.
Eventually the learning and financial costs fall back on the student (now employee) and the respective design firm that has hired him or her.
The news is getting better as students are finding a degree from institutions that is truly relative to the reality of their program.
Here's something from AECCafe Autodesk Presents Revit BIM Experience Award to New Jersey Institute of Technology for Creation of Fully Digital Approach to Architectural Education
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