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Offline Christe4nM

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Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« on: September 21, 2012, 11:40:30 am »
Hi Dave and fellow EEVblog followers,

In response to your both the PA amplifier teardown and your latest USB supply video, I’d like to ask you something. I got hooked onto the EEVBlog around February this year, first by your multimeter teardowns, and later even more by your power supply series. I’ve taken the time to watch almost all the episodes from #1 to the latest, and I am still hooked on to your blog today.

Yet it to me it feels like the past half a year your blog contain gradually less of your excellent  teaching. I don’t mean that you post a blog teaching a specific subject; but you sometimes deliberately elaborated on a specific subject a bit, taking out the whiteboard and essentially giving a small lesson in electronics design. This occurred to me more clearly last Tuesday when Doug took the whiteboard to elaborate on certain design choices. To me the feeling was emphasized even more with the latest USB supply blog. I just missed the part where you show us how you designed this stuff, and by doing so essentially teaching us how to design.

So my question is if you can put that bit of “teaching” back into your blogs. Please take out the DaveCad more often and just put in a bit of “this is how you do something like that,” or “let me show you a clever way to create such a circuit”.

I also wonder how other viewers see this, so let’s hear your thoughts.

Christean
 

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2012, 12:13:57 pm »
This is a common "complaint", but as I have pointed out many times, it's simply not the case that "tutorial" type videos have dropped in frequency. It just appears that way by people remembering those videos with fondness and thinking that they occurred more often than they actually did.

I cannot please everyone with video subjects, it's impossible. Many don't really care for the technical tutorials, and want stuff like mailbag, teardown, rants, soldering, whatever. My mailbag videos seem to get significantly more views than the technical tutorials for example!

The blog continues to be a "mixed bag" of whatever comes along at the time, it was never intended to be a teaching or tutorial platform.

Yes, the USB PCB video was "out of order" in how I wanted to do it. Don't worry, I'll go back over the design of it.

Dave.
 

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2012, 01:21:44 pm »
 I have a different take on the teaching value of your latest usb supply video.  I think it is chock full of educational content.  It may only be apparent to a EE wannabe like myself but I thought 99% of what you presented was valuable (prototyping/design/production/debugging) concepts or techniques.  If anything I thought this video had zero wasted dialog from a educational perspective.  (absolutely brilliant, thumbs up!) ;D

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2012, 02:34:49 pm »
Dave , I think everything is working just fine , you do a bunch of different stuff and I look around for things that interest me , always find multiple things , and its all learning to me .
But this could be where you do the paid deals , finding subjects that will get paid for .
I am sure I will watch some of those also .
Never enough time to do everything , just part of what reality is all about :)
Thanks John
 

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2012, 03:55:33 pm »
This is a common "complaint", but as I have pointed out many times, it's simply not the case that "tutorial" type videos have dropped in frequency. It just appears that way by people remembering those videos with fondness and thinking that they occurred more often than they actually did.

I cannot please everyone with video subjects, it's impossible. Many don't really care for the technical tutorials, and want stuff like mailbag, teardown, rants, soldering, whatever. My mailbag videos seem to get significantly more views than the technical tutorials for example!

The blog continues to be a "mixed bag" of whatever comes along at the time, it was never intended to be a teaching or tutorial platform.

Yes, the USB PCB video was "out of order" in how I wanted to do it. Don't worry, I'll go back over the design of it.

Dave.

Thanks for replying. The reason I started this thread was for the most part to hear what others think, since I might have gotten the wrong idea. Looking back you’re right about the frequency. Maybe since you’re uploading more content in between nowadays, that’s the reason it seems like the frequency’s dropped.

Yet it’s good to hear you haven’t forgotten this part of your blog, and that’s basically what I’d wanted to find out. It’s very clear to me that there are as many wishes as there are viewers. Just keep doing what you do and it’ll be just great. Actually I think the diversity shows how wide EE actually is.
 

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2012, 10:42:03 am »
"One picture is worth ten thousand words"   is so true!  I also really like the whiteboard sections of the videos, including the more recent Doug Ford bits;  I must say though as a novice beginner I'm probably more biased towards them.  I find the other content refreshing and interesting and Dave's honest no-bones approach inspirational!
 

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2012, 02:52:36 am »
The doug ford video's are great, certainly got a lot out of both of the instructional type ones. I think the educational value of teardowns comes from Dave outlining the positives and negatives of certain designs, which i think is great. The mailbag's are good too, especially seeing bad products vs good products.
 

Offline george graves

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Re: Teaching elements of the EEVblog
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2012, 10:42:05 pm »
I love your videos Dave, and always try to remember to give them a thumbs up on youtube!

(personally I love the "teaching" type videos.  You playing around with some LED panels or taking apart a copier, although interesting, don't really capture my full attention.


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