That’s one reason why Blender ought to be perfect for educational use. Not only the cost to the school, but the cost to students. I know as a computer science student I never ever used the computer lab… I have a better PC at home, and all the necessary software. I would hope a university would consider students who prefer to work with their own computers… with Blender they can use it for free, and it’s available for so many platforms, while the others are prohibitively expensive… even if the student’s parents are well-off it’d be tough to convince them to pay +$1k for a software package.
Also, since students could easily get Blender on their own, they could continue to develop their skills after the class is over, so for those interested in the subject, a class using Blender would be a better value than a class using <expensive-software-here>. In the future, if there are more advanced classes on 3D, using Blender would be an even greater benefit. Since the students can continue practicing with Blender, you would not need to spend as much of the class reviewing the previous classes, which may be necessary if students are unable to use the software between the first class, and the second.
Don’t forget to mention to your students that the Blender Foundation is accepting donations, and elYsiun is an ecellent resource for further learning.
Not to be paranoid, but how does your college feel about publishing your materials? Any chance they can be GPL’d?
nod Perhaps they can have a class about 3d programming, with the Blender source as an example… it may even provide more code contributors for the Foundation.
Good luck on your classes, both of you.