[Bf-education] Blender College - accreditation without instructors/teachers

Marcelo V mv_email at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 23 04:32:08 CET 2013

I am just thinking loudly...
I believe that education system will change a lot.
Everything I know about software development I learned by my own as in the 80's we did not have much option to learn low level SW.
Nowadays, when I need to hire a Software Engineer to join my team I couldn't care less about papers and certificates.
I would trade 10 guys with master degree anytime for a single guy who demonstrates real talent. I know many guys that share the same opinion than me. Maybe papers will not make much sense in the future because anyone can have it. 

I maybe wrong but I believe that In 3D modeling/Aniation/VFX world things may not be much different than Software development: a well done reel will tell much more than any paper/certificate.
Speaking in education I liked a lot the videos from Sir Ken  (TED) :


Anyways... things will change and we may be part of this transformation (hopefully for better).
Have fun,
Marcelo Varanda

 From: avi dey <adtwinonline at gmail.com>
To: Blender Educators and Trainers <bf-education at blender.org> 
Sent: Sunday, December 22, 2013 8:04:41 PM
Subject: Re: [Bf-education] Blender College - accreditation without	instructors/teachers

Australia has a wonderful system via vocational education.  Most "englsih speaking" countries such as USA, Canada, UK, India, probably have similar systems that can easily use "Austrialia Succeess Model" easily via their "state" or "community based"  experimental protocols related Blender & Other 3D Animation "technician" training.
I proposed we try to the "Australia" success model as a case for perhaps one community based urban area in several nations who might agree to such experiments, that in fact can strengthen Australia also by seeing the variations. 
How do we approach Blender.org and a suitable organization in Austrialia to try this out in a small scale before role out larger ?
Since Blender.ORg is a non-profit, 501-c-3 organization I think in USA, we can get funding from a foundation perhaps as I would be glad to help find in USA "experment"  with a community who volunteers for such "small scale pilot" if agreeone agrees that this worth doing. 
Let's find a way to go beyond "conversation" tos some sort of  "pilot" action to strengthen the education system on a commuity basis as pilot in several nations where this can be done easily.
Avi Dey
Fairfax, VA 

On Sun, Dec 22, 2013 at 7:56 PM, Andrew Buttery &  <mkab at pacific.net.au> wrote:

Hi James,
>FYI: In Australia, in vocational education (i.e. workplace focused,
>generally lower than a degree), there is a concept of Recognition of Prior
>Learning, whereby there may be no training/instruction delivered and the
>candidate provides a evidence folder based on an agreed criteria.
>However, the candidate is assessed by a qualified individual who is employed
>by a registered training organisation (RTO) and the assessment itself may be
>subject to review and audit by an external regulator. RTOs must ensure their
>standards are high or they can be deregistered (there goes the business!).
>This robust process and regulation ensures that candidates that have
>achieved accreditation really do have the necessary knowledge and skills to
>support their qualification.
>        - andrew
>Blender Training
>em: contact at blendertraining.com
>sm: 4 Gatehouse Lane, Albert Park, 3206, Australia
>m: +61 0402 459 003
>Message: 1
>Date: Sun, 22 Dec 2013 12:59:50 +0000
>From: James Halliwell <james_halliwell at hotmail.com>
>Subject: Re: [Bf-education] Bf-education Digest, Vol 96, Issue 30
>To: "bf-education at blender.org" <bf-education at blender.org>
>Message-ID: <BAY172-W196D0BA9A954B78676320D92C60 at phx.gbl>
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>I may be off topic, but education and certification in Blender 3D with no
>teachers and or instructors is something I am not sure I would endorse.  A
>BA from a site with automated oversight? I can become a Reverend for 25
>bucks on-line, that will not make me a very good one. I would tell an
>employer, yes I got my BA free on-line from a site. Might lack credibility.
>James Halliwell
>Montreal QC
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