Peer-Driven User Training

8 Dec, 2010 By: Robert Green

CAD Manager's Toolbox: Your deputy trainers can help shoulder the responsibility of training, and provide your users with a fresh perspective.

Many CAD managers are responsible for running training programs in their company, yet they don't have enough time to create the materials required to conduct training. If that's true for you, why not rely on your power users to conduct peer-driven training that encourages efficiency and best practices?

Here are some tips to get your peer-driven training going:

Select deputy trainers carefully. Your deputy trainers could be power users, engineers, architects, or even someone from your CAD reseller. The important qualifications are that this person must have knowledge worth sharing and be able to communicate that information well. Remember, nothing is worse than training conducted by someone who can't teach!

Stress production. Deputy trainers should pass along tips that reduce clicks, picks, and wasted time. The goal is for expert users who've found a better way to accomplish real-world tasks to share their knowledge — not to introduce totally new features that will confuse users.

Record it. Make sure to record the sessions your deputy trainers perform using Camtasia or a similar video/voice recording tool. After all, if you don't record the training you can't reuse it!

Amend your standards. If your deputy trainers have discovered better ways to accomplish their daily tasks, why not include their methodologies in your CAD standards? Just because you didn't personally develop the helpful tip or trick doesn't mean it shouldn't be adopted as a company best practice.

Using deputy trainers allows your users to learn from their peers, providing them with a different perspective and giving you a break from preparing all the training materials. You'll never know how many excellent tips, tricks, and methods your power users will teach you until you ask — so ask!

Got a question or tip for the
CAD Manager's Newsletter? Send it to me at If I use your suggestion in the newsletter, you'll receive a cool Cadalyst prize!

About the Author: Robert Green

Robert Green

Add comment

Note: Comments are moderated and will appear live after approval by the site moderator.

AutoCAD Tips!

Lynn Allen

In her easy-to-follow, friendly style, long-time Cadalyst contributing editor Lynn Allen guides you through a new feature or time-saving trick in every episode of her popular AutoCAD Video Tips. Subscribe to the free Cadalyst Video Picks newsletter, and we'll notify you every time a new video tip is published. All exclusively from Cadalyst!

Follow Lynn on TwitterFollow Lynn on Twitter

Do you use any augmented or virtual reality (AR or VR) technologies in your workflow?
Not yet, but we are planning to implement it.
No, but we think these technologies could hold value for us.
No; these technologies do not hold value for us.
Submit Vote

Download Cadalyst Magazine Special Edition