As the school year approaches, many educators seek ways to refresh their curriculum and bring new ideas to the classroom.
Thankfully, the Onshape Learning Center offers content to help with both. Materials such as self-paced courses, a robust Bootcamp, and a complete “Intro to CAD” curriculum help everyone from novices to CAD wizards.
With so much content, you may wonder where to begin and where to keep digging. Let's jump in and go over our recommended workflow for educators who are new to Onshape.
Explore Learning Pathways and Self-Paced Courses
The Onshape Learning Center includes several self-paced courses. Courses are available in a standalone format or in the form of Learning Pathways, which are compilations of self-paced courses organized into an instructional sequence.
Some pathways provide a general overview of CAD and Onshape, while others dive more deeply into specific functions and features. For new users such as students (or even educators trying Onshape for the first time), there are three primary pathways we recommend based on experience and user feedback:
Teaching a Class in Onshape
CAD Basics. Whether it’s your first time using CAD or you have years of experience using another CAD program, the courses in the “CAD Basics” pathway are the best way to quick-start the learning process. Seasoned CAD users will learn how to transfer their existing knowledge to Onshape, and those just beginning their CAD journey will get more comfortable with the unique Onshape interface and build the foundation for continued learning.
Whether you believe you fall within one of these groups or somewhere in between, the “CAD Basics” learning pathway will help you better understand the Onshape way of product development.
Onshape Fundamentals. For those looking to build on what they learned in the “CAD Basics” pathway or who feel confident in their basic CAD skills and understanding already, there is a more detailed pathway called “Onshape Fundamentals.” This pathway dives deeper into Part Studio, Assembly Studio, and Drawings to strengthen your foundation of knowledge.
With both pathways – “CAD Basics” and “Onshape Fundamentals” – many educators will use the pathways to get familiar with Onshape themselves or just get familiar with the content before assigning their students to complete the pathway(s). These two pathways are a popular choice for helping new learners get started with Onshape, whether they are students or instructors. Additionally, course progress is tracked in your activity dashboard. This means you can ask your students for the certificate of completion as proof they finished an assigned course or pathway.
Teaching a Class in Onshape. Located in the Educator Resources section of the Learning Center, “Teaching a Class in Onshape” was created specifically for educators. It contains teacher tips and recommendations for how to best organize Onshape for use in the classroom. This includes how to get your students signed up for Onshape, how to distribute and receive student work, and how to use teams and folders to separate work for multiple classes.
For those that like to learn at their own pace, our learning pathways may be the best way to get started with Onshape. However, there are other methods of CAD education we offer.