Creo helps accelerate learning at
De Anza College
Meeting the demands of the engineering industry and being able to teach more efficiently are a necessity for any educational institution. For De Anza College, utilizing Creo and PTC University eLearning provides an academic advantage to meet the needs of industry.
Students Were Able to Complete the 12 Lessons 40-60% Faster Due to the New User Interface, Overall Ease-of-Use and the Command Search.
Since 1984, the Computer-Aided Design program at De Anza College has evolved continuously to meet the changing needs of the local Silicon Valley engineering and design firms. Over 10,000 students and professionals have been trained both in class and through distance learning programs.
As an instructor and department head of the Computer-Aided Design and Digital Imaging Center, Gary Lamit faced four main challenges:
- Teaching software that is most relevant to local mechanical design and engineering industry
- Utilizing software that is easy to learn with a shortened learning curve to get students up to speed
- Providing his curriculum electronically to meet the demands of distance learning students
- Assessing his students quickly and easily
Lamit currently teaches five different Creo courses, including beginners, intermediate, advanced, sheet metal and surfacing. Before moving completely over to Creo 2.0, Lamit was teaching Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 5.0 and Creo 1.0 side-by-side using the same projects and curriculum. By having his students go through the same modules in two different software programs, Lamit concluded, “the students who were utilizing Creo versus Pro/ENGINEER were able to complete the 12 lessons 40-60% faster due to the new user interface — making it so much quicker to navigate. The overall ease-of-use of Creo and the command search have been huge.”
Utilizing Creo not only decreased his students’ learning curve and accelerated their productivity but, by utilizing Creo View, Lamit is now able to grade their assignments more easily and provide feedback quicker by not having to open their entire CAD model. Lamit’s courses also cater to distance learning students, who make up the majority of the Creo class enrollees.
By implementing PTC University eLearning Libraries, Lamit, a Creo textbook author, was able to provide curriculum and an appropriate online "textbook" for his advanced courses. He also decided to utilize the PTC University eLearning Libraries for his sheet metal and surfacing class. One of the added benefits of implementing PTC University is that Lamit was able to combine courses and utilize one teacher — thereby maintaining the department’s minimum enrollment numbers.
“Our goal at De Anza College is to make sure the local needs for engineering skills in the Silicon Valley are met. We teach courses based on what the industry is using, which is why we teach Creo and if I can teach my students quicker and easier while providing the skills that the commercial customers’ need, than even better.”