Figuring out the best curriculum that will meet your needs and your students’ needs can be overwhelming. There are so many different learning products, all offering different features and functions.
We’re here to simplify your search. Below is a list of questions that we often hear from our Autodesk Certified User (ACU) teachers and answers from three of the most popular ACU learning products - CAD Learning, TeachMe3D, and LearnKey. Compare and contrast these products side-by-side, all in one place.
What courses does each learning product provide?
CAD Learning has courses for all Autodesk Certified User exams. TeachMe3D has courses for Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, Autodesk Revit, and Autodesk Fusion 360. LearnKey has courses for Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk Inventor, and Autodesk Revit.
What materials do they have for students?
In the CAD Learning platform, students can select a chosen goal, or certification, which is broken down into specific medallions and badges. The medallions represent learning objectives, and badges represent competencies for each objective. CAD Learning’s materials for students include the following features:
: Each course has video lessons that the students can watch to master given topics or skills within programs.
: Each course includes an Overall Knowledge Assessment and a Skills Assessment.
- The Overall Knowledge Assessment is a multiple-choice quiz. Students can take it as many times as they would like. Any question that they answer incorrectly will be paired with a video lesson they can view to master that topic. This creates a clear path to close any knowledge gaps the student may have.
- The Skills Assessment is also a multiple-choice quiz. However, this quiz requires the student to download the Assessment files in the Resources section. Students will then need to open the files in the corresponding Autodesk application and follow the instructions in the quiz to receive the correct answer. This portion will require students to have access to Autodesk software.
Resources: While students are watching their video lessons, they can download exercise files to work along with the given tasks being executed. These files will give them hands-on mastery, not just a theoretical understanding of the programs. This Resources section requires access to Autodesk software.
TeachMe3D follows the “Tell, Show, Do” model and provides a lecture, demo, and activity for each lesson.
Lecture: Each lecture is presented in a video format. The lecture will present concepts, definitions, and gives context around the topic that is being presented within the lesson.
Demo: The demonstration is also presented in video format. The demo is a traditional “follow along” style video, filmed within the software, to show students how to navigate and perform key tasks and activities.
Activity: The activity is where students test their skills and understanding. This is not presented through an instructor, so students will need to complete this independently. The Activity section requires access to Autodesk software.
Workbooks: Each TeachMe3D course includes a workbook that coincides with the material in the online course. As students are completing the lecture and demo activities, they can answer key questions within the workbook. A Teacher Answer Key for each workbook is also available.
LearnKey was originally designed for students to have a live-in-the-application experience. To accommodate students who may not have access to Autodesk software, LearnKey has developed simulations (see more information below). These simulations are part of the Exercise Lab and Post-Assessment portions of the lessons.
Pre-Assessment: This section will help students establish their baseline knowledge while showing them what topics will need additional time and study.
Study Guides: After students submit the pre-assessment, they will see a topic breakdown. To the right of the topic, they can select a study guide that corresponds to the given topic. This is an expounded section that will help students get a more in-depth view of topics that may be difficult for them.
Video Lessons: These video lessons show the process within the software. Students can see a visual representation of the correct process for a given objective.
Exercise Labs: After completing the video lessons, students practice what they have learned through exercise labs. If students are working on a Chromebook or other computer that doesn’t have access to the software, they will select the “simulation” option.
Post-Assessment: Once they’ve completed the lessons and exercise labs, they can complete the section’s post-assessment.
Flashcards: If students want additional help or definitions for key terms, flashcards are available to break those terms down. These can be found within the Glossaries tab.
Workbooks: These workbooks can be uploaded to any LMS. They can be downloaded as a whole or broken up into sections.
What features are available for teachers?
CAD Learning has a robust reporting system where you can see how students are doing in their activities and assessments. Activity reports track video views, while the Assessment reports track the questions answered. Some of the pre-built reports include lesson activity, product activity, assessment report card, and assessment history.
TeachMe3D allows you to know exactly where your students are. You can see which videos your students have viewed and how much time they spent on each video. It provides a Teacher Answer Key for each student workbook.
LearnKey also allows you to see the videos that students watched, what they’ve downloaded, and their quiz scores. You can also sync LearnKey with Canvas for easy grade integration.
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