[Bf-education] Blender 101

Mike Pan mike.c.pan at gmail.com
Sat Nov 12 20:55:33 CET 2016

Hey guys,

To get things started with the Blender 101 design project, I've put
together some questions that I wanted to ask you. If you can take 10
minutes out of your day to answer it and mail it back to me, that would
help a lot.

Blender 101 Educator Questionnaire

Can you give a little background about yourself as a Blender educator?
What’s your experience as a teacher?

What format is your lessons? Classroom? Online? 1 on 1?

Who is your students/audience? What’s their age and skill level? Where are
they located?

What skillsets have you taught? (i.e. modelling, animation, games)

What are some issues that you see students struggle with in their first
hour with Blender?

 How would you describe the learning curve of Blender?

What part of Blender is surprisingly intuitive to the students?

What are some ongoing issues that constantly frustrates students?

Is there any customization you’ve done to Blender that makes Blender easier
to teach/learn?

What are 3 key areas of Blender that could use improvement in order to
reduce the learning curve.

What else can you tell me to help build a better Blender for beginners?



On Thu, 10 Nov 2016 at 00:22 Mike Pan <mike.c.pan at gmail.com> wrote:

> Hi all,
> For those of you who don't know me, I am working for the Blender
> Foundation on something called Blender 101. What is Blender 101? Glad you
> asked!
>    - Blender 101 will be a release-compatible build of Blender
>    (reads/writes the same blend files)
>    - 1 build with several UIs optimized for different use cases
>    - Target audience are 3D beginners (students and casual content
>    creators)
>    - UX controls will be compatible with Blender 2.8 (minimal relearning
>    when user transitions to the full version)
>    - Goal is to simplify the interface, but not restrict user experiences
> My process:
>    - Gather feedback from Blender community
>    - Gather feedback from local (Canadian) schools where Blender is taught
>    - Research industry leaders/competitors
>    - Understand the need of the 3D printing industry (Funder is Aleph)
>    - Create and publish proposal by end of year.
>    - Will continually publish my work on the my wiki
>    <https://wiki.blender.org/index.php/User:mpan3> as well other online
>    venues.
> The project has just started and I am in the information gathering phase,
> so *I would love to hear from you! If you can share your experience
> teaching Blender, that would help this project immensely. * So please
> allow me to to pick your brain.   Any and all feedbacks are welcomed!
> Thanks,
> Mike
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