On July 24, TurboSquid got together with CGSociety at Siggraph to present a panel called “Teaching CG and VFX Online”. Four instructors talked about the challenges they’ve overcome using online training to teach computer graphics, and then the panel opened up a discussion with the 40-odd attendees.
Michele Bousquet talked about how TurboSquid uses YouTube’s Closed Caption option when creating CheckMate training videos for artists. TurboSquid creates an accurate English language version of the audio so our many non-English speaking artists can use the auto-translate feature to read subtitles in their own language.
Other panelists talked about the importance of frequent submission and review of students’ work, daily online contact with students to give feedback, and the ability to approximate live training with webinars.
The panel was organized by Kirsty Parkin at CGWorkshops, the CGSociety arm that offers online workshops in a variety of VFX subjects.