By Nick Harris
Most of the training courses we deliver follow a similar formula. We design them with an outcome and value in mind. We know that people looking to learn Revit or Inventor in one of our training centres want to get the best understanding of how to use these products for their job, whilst spending as little time away from that job as possible. The formula produces training courses that take attendees through the process of developing a real-world project within the software, using the most relevant functionality. This allows us to deliver similar courses to a wider audience, who will be working on a broad range of projects. The outcome we achieve is proficient software users that have attended a course of a suitably short duration to represent good value. Effectively we pack a lot into a small number of intensive days but we restrict the number of attendees so that each of them gets the individual attention they need.
Once an individual has attended a couple of these standard format courses their training path becomes more personal. They often need more specific help reaching their goals. They need to know more about the subtleties of the use of tools so that they can move their first projects forward. Again, for the mainstream design products, there is an optimum ratio of standard training to personalised learning for new users that wish to become highly productive in a reasonably short amount of time. That ratio tends to be 3:2 for these products which equate to a reasonable price per person when you consider that we are taking new users from no experience to highly capable.
There is a type of product where that ratio is very different because most of the training needs to be personalised. A great example is Autodesk Dynamo, the graphical programming software for design. Dynamo is an incredibly powerful tool for automating products like Revit and getting to the geometry and data that is not exposed to the user interface. It has been designed to be accessible to users of all capabilities and not just the ones that have a background in programming or scripting. It is incredibly flexible, but you do need to know your end goal when you start using it. You may want to automate the issue of drawing sheets when you move to a new project revision or create some organic façade on your building. It uses boxes or nodes to represent individual properties or behaviours of parts of the model. It is the way that you connect and configure the nodes that produces different outcomes. When you consider that there are hundreds of different types of nodes that you can link together, there are unlimited permutations for producing a Dynamo workflow process. How do you begin to learn a highly configurable tool like this? The key is to take a small amount of standardised familiarisation training first and then a larger amount of personalised training soon after. The standard training is aimed at getting you to understand the principles of the product, how the interface works and the possibilities that are open to the user. The personalised training takes the form of targeted workshops. You come to the workshops with a goal of creating a Dynamo project in mind and we work through the process of designing the workflow with you. The more complex the goal, the more workshop time is needed, often split into several sessions.
Dynamo is becoming increasingly popular amongst Revit users and this is a good time to get using this powerful tool. There is a growing community of Dynamo users who are creating and freely sharing Dynamo scripts. The best way to get up and running with Dynamo is to take a standard training course, followed by a workshop and then learn from the scripts that others have already created.
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