So I have to teach Autodesk AutoCAD to undergrad students (It's a 4 years Honours degree equivalent to a masters and this is their 4th semester). I am concerned about what kind of approach I should have.
Should I show them everything that every tool does, how is it used (which I feel is like spoon feeding) or should I help them explore on their own?
The approach I had adopted in the beginning was to give them small assignments. For example, the first assignment was to find 10 tools in the Draw menu and find out what they are used for.
I feel this way the fear of the software can be minimized. I have shown them my work in the said software from student projects to professional ones. My major concern is at university level should I be explaining to them the tasks by doing them myself in every lecture? (I have tried that before with other students and it made them depend on me more to solve the smallest of issues such as not being able to find out where turn the hidden layer back to being visible again.)
I am also concerned about one of the students thinking that I may not know the software myself (which is very disrespectful because I have already shown them my work and having to prove my credibility is absolutely irreverent) and he keeps on asking ME to show how the tools are used in the class using a projector. The students requested me and the department head to take their course. I also give hints to students if they encounter any problem when using a tool which leads them to a solution rather than giving them a straight answer or solving it for them.
I need advise on how should I handle this matter? At university level should I be teaching the students a software as I would teach at elementary level? Please help. As a teacher it is very important for me that my students trust me.