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By Sally Finley - Posted Nov 1, 2016
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Company: SolidProfessor, 1495 Pacific Highway, Suite 300, San Diego, CA 92101; 866-966-6977;

Price: Call 866-966-6977 for membership plans. Volume pricing is also available. Technology Grant Requests can be requested online. For a free trial account, send your email address via the online Contact Us link.

Audience: Educators and school district administration serving secondary grades through college

System Requirements: Availability to an internet browser

Description: SolidProfessor is an online video training program offering tutorials for CAD users. Guided, hands-on exercises are provided for the user through self-paced learning.

Overall Rating:5 Stars
Ease of Use:A
Product Support: A


Reviewer Comments:

Installation/Access: Access is through a web browser and requires a username and a password. Installation Rating: A

Content/Features: The SolidProfessor Library includes software titles with learning content at all skill levels, from beginner to expert. Content is appropriate for young engineers, designers, architects, manufacturers, and fabricators. Products support STEM-based teaching initiatives. All courses can be updated by year with a single click.

All memberships include the SolidWorks versions from 2016 to 2017, Ask SolidProfessor Tips and Tricks, Exclusive Workshop Sessions, OnDemand Access 24/7, Mobile Capability, SolidWorks Task Pane Add-in, Part File Downloads, Skills Assessments, and Hands-On Case Studies.

Filter bars for courses and lessons always remain visible as the user scrolls though each page. Users can set a “due date” using a hyperlink for adding, editing, or removing a deadline.

Team Progress Tools provide continual assessment of mastery of course concepts. A Student Store allows students from participating schools to create a new account or enroll in a new class.

SolidProfessor provides a learning solution for a wide range of CAD, CAM, and BIM software. Content/Features Rating: A

Ease of Use: SolidProfessor is easy to use and offers quick access to concept-based videos that can be revisited and repeated for ongoing learning. Ease of Use Rating: A

Product Support: Support is provided online through a Help Center. Live support is available Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST. Frequently Asked Questions provides answers to common questions for the user. A support case can be created and will be answered within 1 business day. An Ask SolidProfessor Blog provides video tips through email and contains an archive of SolidWorks knowledge. Users can share feedback on the content videos. Product Support Rating: A

Recommendation: Today’s schools are struggling to provide learning tools that will be able to keep up with the skills and knowledge required for students to advance and succeed in the 21st century. Technology has transformed the way students learn. SolidProfessor provides an effective solution for training with a wide range of CAD, CAM, and BIM software. As part of the emphasis on the “flipped classroom,” SolidProfessor is a technology tool that can be used to shift the amount of time spent in content delivery. It is where active learning meets technology.

SolidProfessor’s Technology Grant Program provides an opportunity for schools to offer curriculum and training materials that are affordable. An online signup is provided for those interested in the program. Products support the STEM-based teaching initiatives commonly found in today’s classrooms offering educational content designed for young engineers, designers, architects, manufacturers, and fabricators. The materials range from beginner level to advanced and include certification prep.

SolidProfessor raises the level of the students’ knowledge by having students search for answers to their own questions using an instructional video. This frees up the teacher to provide more individualized instruction as well as helping students become a community of problem solvers. Highly Recommended

Reviewer: Sally Finley is an educational consultant based in Coral Springs, Fla. Her email address is

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