First tests of myself in an open education project in the format "Polytech 2.0"

    Good day, Khabravchians!


    In this post, I would like to share my emotions and first experience in creating educational courses in fairly complex technical specialties in the author's project of open education in the format "Polytech 2.0". Difficult not so much in essence as in the issues of perception by young people. I ask everyone who is not indifferent to open technical education - welcome under cat.

    To make it a little clear where the roots of this project grow, I’ll tell a little about myself and my activities.
    Having worked in several large Russian companies and in one foreign corporation as an engineer, I managed to get the knowledge and experience out of there. However, constant trips and excessive corporate spirit of pathosthey started to exhaust me a bit, and I, like many who are bored with everything like that, decided on my own business. Together with good friends, we organized in our city Ulyanovsk the Center for Youth Innovative Creativity “Incarnation” . It seems that work is more at home and the activity is not limited to job descriptions and senior staff. Fablab - he is also in Africa Fablab! Creative lab.

    And on one warm spring day, colleagues from one educational institution came to me with a request to help prepare two young children for the WorldSkills contest of working specialties. The lesson was very interesting. The guys got smart and the result was not long in coming - they performed very well. Tell me where does the title of the post and all this lyrics?

    So there you go! After preparing them, I smoothly joined these contests and movements, and on my site, together with my co-workers, we began to train almost massively children from 14 to 25 years old. It is natural to tell everyone the same thing is very tiring, but there are few or no sensible video materials in Russian at all. We teach them all complex things: how to program on various CNC systems and work on modern machines (since we have both of them).

    And now, almost a month ago, after the next master class, I had an idea: why not create video courses. The most informative and sensible. I climbed into the Internet - to study the current state of affairs, and almost everywhere I came across long tediousseminars and lectures with a duration of 20-30-60 minutes. Watching such lengthy material is very difficult. There are interruptions in the transmission of a streaming signal (especially if you watch from a tablet via 3G at a certain distance from the city).

    The ideologies of Kursers, Lectorium, Universarium and other projects aimed at open education were also thoroughly studied. Everywhere the situation is about the same - either in constant open access, long video lectures, which are practically no different from university ones, or pre-enrollment for a course that takes some time to wait.

    But I need to cook people now ! Or, if you look at yourself from the side of the student, then the phrase is possible: " I want to learn right now!". That’s how I got the ideology of“ shots. "

    What is“ Shot? ”This is the most informative presentation of the material, set out in a time period of no more than 4-6 minutes. That is, we take a difficult course, for example, on the basics and divide it into the required number of subsections - “Shotov.” We replace the complex academic language to the maximum with simple words and practically “on the fingers” try to explain to the person the essence of the proposed material. A lot of criticism can now pour in my address that I'm wrong that the university the language is right I am not I want to change anything. I just want to offer people an alternative. Many understand the presentation of the material in lectures at the university or college, and some do not quite understand the material in my ideology. Everyone should have a choice.

    Why 4-6 minutes? Have you noticed for yourself that you like to watch the video while, for example, drink a cup of coffee, or decide to sit down / lie down to watch a vidosik after a tasty meal? So in this case, the batch size of the material in the short format allows you not to view the guide from your favorite toy (which often happens to be of such a duration) or the next issue of This is Good, but to devote yourself to something new. Or master some kind of discipline.

    In the end, the world is changing before our eyes, and global communication and the modern rhythm of life do not give some people the right to a half-hour-long rest or a break between work. And in this case - the ideology of "Shotov" fits perfectly. Spent 5 minutes - comprehend and move on. An additional factor is the fact that a person could open the video for the first time. Seeing that it is only 5 minutes long - he is more likely to inspect it to the end (rather than 30-50 minutes) and he may be interested in the material. Then he will go / subscribe to the channel (site) and will learn something new.

    So, thanks for reading to this place. It was a little theory.

    And now an example of a trial implementation in practice.
    I was taken for a pilot video course "Fundamentals of the basing of blanks and parts." As I remember now, the course from the lectures of Engineering Education, which is quite difficult to grasp. Especially considering how it is still taught in many universities, it’s hard to understand some aspects without visualization.

    The entire course was divided into small sections (shots), and it is planned to make a video on each of the sections according to the ideology described above.

    I decided to try to do everything myself. Because it's free open education and hiring animators and sound engineers is not quite affordable. Moreover, it is very pleasant and interesting to feel this process!

    The following software was selected:
    1. Blender (for creating 3D animations);
    2. Adobe Premeier CC 7.0(for mounting and slicing renderings from a blender);
    3. Cubase LE AI Elements 7 64 bit (for high-quality processing of recorded voice) /

    The following equipment was purchased:
    1. FOCUSRITE Scarlett Studio (a studio kit that includes all the necessary elements for recording at home);
    2. Action camera GoPRO Hero 3+ black edition (for the subsequent shooting of real video in machines and other places where I would not want to climb a normal camera).

    To be honest - I have never done animation, as well as editing. Therefore, Blender and the Prime Minister had to learn from scratch. It was hard, but thanks to the great blender courses from And I had to look at a couple of videos on YouTube on the basics of the Premiere. What it resulted in - you can see at the end of the post.
    It was easier with the sound - I wrote electronic music for 3-4 years and played a lot like a DJ in my youth, so in Kubeis it remained only to screw on the plugins for processing vocals and twist the hands a little. I apologize for the small clicks and spitting in the current video - at the time of recording, I had not bought a microphone stand and a pop filter from spitting. Now it turns out much better and cleaner. Almost a home studio.

    The result of more than a month of work (I had to do everything in my free time - because the work still eats up a lot of the main time) was this:

    This video was so funny and simple. While preparing the following material - I stumbled on YouTube on an excellent course on the basing of workpieces and parts from an adult and experienced master from a vocational school. I was a little upset that it was not the first, but decided to finish the whole course to the end. Moreover, he has just all the materials with a length of 30-40 minutes. And absorbing a ton of material in such a short period of time is extremely difficult even for an experienced person.

    I decided to make my next video shots on the basics of CNC and programming in them. Similarly maximally simple, clear and with examples of real processing on the machine. The first courses will be on CNC turning Siemens Sinumerik 840d SL. Then by milling Siemens. Everything will be in the format: theory on a computer - practice on a machine.

    Also, when recruiting a certain amount, I would like to put together a simple site where in parallel with YouTube there will be an adequate classifier of courses and videos, as well as methodological literature obtained at the end of the course. So that you can not only see, but also read.

    And ideally - I would like to create a place on the basis of this site for people who are ready to share technical knowledge and experience. In parallel with this - before the end of the year I want to host a series of seminars in my fabla on the topic of open education and on the topic of software training, which I use when creating video materials. Although specific software versions are not a priori. The main thing is that the result is decent.

    At the end of this monologue, I would like to ask you to write in the comments all comments, suggestions, criticism.
    I will be very glad.

    If anyone has an interest in this topic and there is a desire to work together - let's talk!

    Thanks for attention!

    PS Request to the moderators - I write in the sandbox, but the subject is so emotional to me that I would like the maximum number of users in the community to see this post. After all, who, if not ourselves, will make our education better and better?

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