[Bf-education] Blender user certification
Nick Van den Broeck
nickvdbroeck at hotmail.com
Wed Dec 4 16:48:22 CET 2013
I’m new to the mailing list, so I’m not up to speed with the earlier discussions. But just for absolute clarity.
Your talking about certificates that a university can hand to its students. So the idea is that we/someone creates a number of standardized tests. Each university/school/educator can then give this tests to their students and if the student passes (based on the opinion of the specific educator, who should base himself on guidelines given together with the tests) then the students gets a certificate signed by the university/educator.
I can imagine that this certificate will read something as
“The university of blablabla hereby states that student blablabla has fullfilled the Blender Foundation standardized tests and is therefore awarded with the certificate ‘Blender beginner modeler’”
The purpose would be for an employer to be able to better judge the qualities of applicants and to have some kind of international benchmark that educators can use.
What would such a test be? For the modeling I can imagine giving a few reference pictures of e.g. cars/buildings/persons and ask a student to model this within a certain amount of time (e.g. one hard surface model and one organic model). Then, also give a list of features/techniques/quota for the educator to judge. Perhapse even accompanied with a ‘theoretical’ (multiple choise) test to see if a student knows about different functionalities and tools in Blender.
The idea is to make such tests for different area’s of blender (modeling, animating, textering & compositing, BGE, ...) and for different levels (beginner, moderate, advanced).
Did I get the idea?
If yes, then I have a second question which might help the discussion forward and also help all other new people: What were the problems in the last discussion? What stopped this idea from materializing last time?
Thirdly, is there a lot of demand for this?
Fianally, I think that if we want to get something like this done, we need to make small groups of people setting up specific tests (so yes, perhapse a page on the wiki or forum is a good idea).
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