Is there a document with the solutions to the directed exercises in the 'PI System Administrator for IT Pros_2012_Student' document? And if yes, where can I find them?
We do not have external solution booklets for the exercises. Is there a particular exercise which you need the answer to? We might be able to help you out.
Thanks for your reply Nathaniel.
There is no specific exercise. I am preparing to give training next week, so I thought it would be good to have a reference booklet with the answers.
The Directed Exercises are designed as "interactive demos" - a way to allow the users to follow along in concert with the instructor to make the demo more meaningful. The Approach section should have enough information that someone familiar with the PI System (and the specific topic for that class) could easily perform. In some cases there is only one way to to a specific task (create a tag for a specific interface) and in some there is no right answer (build a ProcessBook display). If you find an Approach not up to the standard where what you have to do is unclear (as opposed to the steps to do that task - which we do not include), please let me know.
For a bit if a historical reference, we took out the step by step solutions because too many learners were simply performing the steps in the answer key. There is an inherent human desire to "get it right the first time" and that was conflicting with the actual learning of the skill. (I am certain the last thing you had to struggle with to get to work you'll never forget). It was a great way to determine if someone has the skills to follow instructions and type, but not so much a test of PI System skills. We validated this by testing students the following day, asking them to repeat something they learned the day before. The vast majority could not do them, even though they got it to work the previous day using the answer keys.
Good luck in your class. Let me know if we can help in any way.
Thanks Buck for your reply
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