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Vital Resources Available To Develop Innovative Curriculum And Effectively Reduce The Time Span Needed To Gain New Knowledge And Expertise In Regard To The Latest Cadd Packages

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2001 Annual Conference


Albuquerque, New Mexico

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June 24, 2001

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June 24, 2001

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June 27, 2001



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6.1136.1 - 6.1136.5

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Morteza Sadat-Hossieny

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Session 3149

Vital resources available to develop innovative curriculum and effectively reduce the time span needed to gain new knowledge and expertise in regard to the latest CADD packages Morteza Sadat-Hossieny Northern Kentucky University


The fast evolving world of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD) makes it very challenging for educators to stay up-to-date on issues related to the upgrades and development in software applications. Educators need to continuously explore new ways to gain the necessary knowledge needed for teaching comprehensive and meaningful classes essential to the needs of the designers and students receiving the training.

Textbooks are still the primary sources of learning for the majority of educators, but in the area of Computer Aided Design (CAD), changes happen much more rapidly than the textbooks can keep up. As a result there has to be other reliable and accessible resources to extract the vital information needed for the success of the students receiving training.

This article focuses on exploring and tabulating the latest methods vital in the upgrade of curriculum and advancement of faculty’s expertise and readiness in teaching different CAD related subjects. Examples will be given for extracting some of the latest techniques from recent journal publications in an efficient and timely manner. Also, examples will be provided to illustrate the ease and advantages of using a variety of online resources as well as other innovative methods available to educators. The need for these resources is essential to shorten the time span between the introduction of a CAD package to the market and when it is being taught in classrooms or workshops.

I. Introduction

Considering the role of CAD educators to learn the new concepts, tips, and tricks of a new program and convey these materials to the professionals and CAD managers in a short amount of time is a daunting task that is not practical through conventional methods. This article intend to present the new methods available in a real-time basis that allows learning at a pace set by the individuals attempting to learn the new features of a CAD package.

II. Conventional training methods

For years CAD educators prepare for classes using what was at their disposal, textbooks and manuals. These resources play an important role in the growth and self education of these individuals, but the information presented in textbooks generally lag behind the software development for at least several months, plus the fact that “many people don’t do well when forced to slog through a lengthy book”1.

“Proceedings of the 2001 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright Ó 2001, American Society for Engineering Education”

Sadat-Hossieny, M. (2001, June), Vital Resources Available To Develop Innovative Curriculum And Effectively Reduce The Time Span Needed To Gain New Knowledge And Expertise In Regard To The Latest Cadd Packages Paper presented at 2001 Annual Conference, Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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