The Learning Connector Continues to Gain Popularity Among PTC Customers


I recently sat down with Kim Springston of PTC University to discuss the success of the “LearningConnector,” an e-learning application for PTC Creo, PTC Windchill and PTC Mathcad. We’ve talked about this topic occasionally, but the overwhelmingly positive customer feedback and future plans for the app are worth exploring. According to Kim, one customer even noted that the PTC Learning Connector is “the greatest thing since sliced bread.”

The PTC Learning Connector was first released in 2010 for Pro/ENGINEER Wildfire 4.0, PTC Windchill 9.0 and PTC Mathcad, receiving the Brandon Hall Excellence in Learning Award. With the dashboard built directly into these products, users are able to access context-sensitive information without leaving the program. Initially, the software was only available through a separate download, but today it is built directly into PTC Creo, PTC Windchill and PTC Mathcad, making it even more user-friendly.

The PTC Learning Connector for PTC Creo, specifically PTC Creo Parametric and PTC Creo Direct, aggregates material from multiple sources including video tutorials, eLearning recommendations, the help center, and tech support knowledge base.  There are approximately 170 free video tutorials available for PTC Creo 1.0 and PTC Creo 2.0.

Users should explore the eLearning recommendations to cover topics in more depth. A high-level overview of each topic, roughly 3 or 4 minutes of content, is provided initially. After users digest this, they can navigate through the overall course map to learn more about various subtopics. Kim explained roughly 70% of all PTC Creo topics have courses.

The PTC University team is planning to add content on all major updates within PTC Creo 3.0, including updates to the user interface and highlighting new features. Going forward, the hope is to become more engaged with the user behavior within the software and highlight opportunities for efficiency. For example, do you know you can access “X” feature through this shortcut?

Bottom line for current users, explore the content available on the PTC Learning Connector, it’s well worth your time. For brand new users, absorb the introductory content, as it will make you more productivity in the long run. Stay tuned for more information on the PTC Learning Connector and PTC Creo.

Have any suggestions for feature improvements in the PTC Learning Connector? Leave your comments here!

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