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EXCELLENCE 2019
FORUM

NEW DIRECTIONS

ONLINE LEARNING
FOR LANDSCAPE
ARCHITECTS
ROB LEBLANC

SOFTWARE APPLICATIONS FOR
landscape architects are becoming more
sophisticated with the introduction of
cloud services, convergent applications
and even machine learning for apps we use
every day.
Back when you bought and owned
software, upgrading was purpose-driven
to adopt the new features, increase
productivity and improve compatibility
with other software apps. Software cycles
were usually every couple of years and
if you didn't need the feature, you didn't
upgrade.
Today, most applications have moved to
a subscription platform which means you
"rent" the software on an annual basis
rather than owning it. This often means
it's cheaper than buying an upgrade (and
for business owners, the subscription is
fully depreciable), but it also means much
more regular software updates whether
you need them or not. In some cases, each
new annual update creates a new format
(.DWG, .SKP, .INDD) that is not compatible
with the previous year's version; meaning
that if the other firms you work with have
upgraded, you must also upgrade to
open and save the new file format. Adobe
Creative Cloud, Autodesk, Sketchup and
even Microsoft Office have moved to a
subscription service and most software
companies are following suit. The end
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result of these constant updates and new
features means that users have to schedule
time for learning much more regularly.

Online learning
The same online subscription approach
to software rental is also coming to the
rescue of those that need to learn the new
features and new software platforms.
Online learning sites such as lynda.com
and udemy.com provide highly structured
tutorials and learning opportunities for
almost every software application used
by landscape architects. Their "Essential
Training" series are usually the starter
courses needed to take beginners
to an intermediate level of software
understanding. Advanced courses provide
additional level of depth and understanding
to bring people up to the pro-level user.
Most courses are structured into small
five-minute modules, organized into
chapters. These small bite-sized learning
chunks make it easy to watch or re-watch a
course at your leisure.
Course examples at Lynda for landscape
architects include:
* Autodesk Civil 3D 2019 Essential Training
* Sketchup Weekly
* Photoshop Essentials for Design
* Running a Design Business

Designers can take courses in landscape
painting, project management, running
a business, photography, or even
Construction Technology.
Current plans for Lynda run at about
$30 per month, providing access to over
13,000 courses, practice exercise files and
quizzes, and even certification on some
courses. One price gives you access to its
complete library the way Netflix does for
its subscription. Many public libraries in
Canada have a lynda.com account allowing
you to access online learning for free with a
library card.

"These learning
platforms
will become a
fundamental
resource in
the landscape
architect's
toolbox."


http://www.lynda.com http://www.udemy.com http://www.lynda.com

Landscapes - Summer 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Landscapes - Summer 2019

To Begin With | Pour Commencer
Jurors + Writers
Prologue
Excellence 2019
Jury's Award of Excellence
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning + Analysis
Research
Communication
Landscape Management
Critique
New Directions
Parting Shot
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Jurors + Writers
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Research
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Communication
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Landscape Management
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - Critique
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Landscapes - Summer 2019 - New Directions
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