Fieldschool kicked off with some great research from the students earlier in the week on themes in 3rd Lake Ridge's history. But very quickly, the students mastered AutoCAD - due to a one day instructional workshop led by Jeff Klee (Colonial Williamsburg Foundation). What amazed me - beyond Jeff's facility teaching this stuff - was that nearly everyone, even the skeptics, was enthusiastically drawing from fieldnotes by day's end. This is not to say there were no groans, but it astonishes me how quickly most people picked it up.
I was a skeptic - and always worried that one couldn't learn this on top of everything else you learn in fieldschool - but I think I'm convinced.