ASCENT is Ready for Autodesk University 2020, Digital Style!

October 15, 2020 Jennifer MacMillan

I am writing this blog on behalf of myself and the entire content development team at ASCENT. I am speaking for all of us when I say #AU2020 is certainly going to be special/ unique/ informative/ different (it’s tough to pick just one descriptor!). When the call for proposals first came out in the spring, we were given only a vague idea of what AU 2020 was going to look like, but of course we still jumped at the chance to participate. When ASCENT was accepted to teach FOUR classes (more info below), more details were beginning to roll in and the ASCENT team was starting to get excited. So here we are, one month from the start of AU, with some details I can share (and yes, we are excited!!!).

  1. The conference will be held virtually from November 17-20.
  2. Registration is FREE!
  3. The classes are going to be in similar formats to previous years: instructional demos, hands-on labs, roundtables, and panels. ASCENT’s FOUR classes are all instructional demos.
  4. The roundtables and panels will be live events and the instructional demos and hands-on labs will be pre-recorded.
  5. I know that your next question is “But how will I ask questions for the pre-recorded classes?” AU has that covered as well! Each pre-recorded class will have a Q&A session during the conference for you to log in and chat with the instructor(s) to ask questions about the class. Ideally, you should watch the class ahead of time.
  6. Like previous years, the instructional demos and hands-on labs will have handouts and presentation files that you can access on the AU website.

Renu Muthoo, Jefferson Morris, Cherisse Biddulph, and I (Jennifer MacMillan) will all be presenting this year. You can look up our classes by clicking here and searching by instructor name.  

  • Jefferson and Cherisse will be co-presenters on an instructional demo that discusses how you can collaborate between Civil 3D and Revit using BIM 360.
  • Renu is excited to be teaching two classes this year, one for 3ds Max and one for AutoCAD. To continue with the theme of collaboration, Renu will be discussing how you can share and compare drawings in AutoCAD. Her 3ds Max class will be focused on animating the daylight system. These are both instructional demos.
  • And finally, I (Jennifer) will also be teaching an instructional demo for Inventor users to learn how to get started adding CNC data to their models using Inventor CAM.

We have almost completed our preparations; our presentations were polished, our class recordings submitted, and our handouts are complete. Don’t forget to register (for free!), watch our sessions (which will go live on November 17), and log in to our Q&A sessions to say hi and ask us a question.


About the Author

Jennifer MacMillan

Manager – Learning Content Development<br><br>Trained in Instructional Design, Jennifer uses her skills to develop instructor-led and web-based training products as well as knowledge profiling tools. Jennifer has achieved the Autodesk Certified Professional certification for Inventor and is also recognized as an Autodesk Certified Instructor (ACI). She enjoys teaching the training courses that she authors and is also very skilled in providing technical support to end-users. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Dalhousie University.

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