People often ask if there are complete course materials available for learning Blender, something suitable for a classroom setting. There are a couple of resources available, that I'm aware of, that offer something like this at no charge.
There's Tufts Open Courseware (of Tufts University) that offers a thorough list of Blender tutorials (PDF and video) created by the instructors. They also note that:
Like many creative activities, 3-dimensional design and modeling combines technical skill with artistic imagination. Understanding the intricacies of software-manipulated objects is of little value unless accompanied with a strong awareness of creative self-expression. It is important while progressing through this course to focus your efforts on the creative projects and understand that the Video and PDF tutorials are but a set of tools whose value is totally dependent on a creative and artistic goal.Here is the listing of PDF Tutorials.
Here is the listing of Video Tutorials.
Please note that the videos are in the RealMedia format. Free media players that support this format are listed below:
Windows: Real Alternative
Linux: RealPlayer for Linux (Helix-based)
Mac: RealPlayer for Mac OS X
Someone recently informed me that the videos are also available for downloading. The video links above are great for streaming but, if you want to download* the video tutorials, you can find them legally hosted at the following link: walkercreations.org
(These files are copyrighted by Mr. Neal Hirsig and are not to be reposted or redistributed without his permission.)
I developed this manual for use in my own classroom in an effort to streamline the Blender learning curve into some kind of sequential order. I have tried to keep most chapters down to less than 4 pages and each chapter can be covered in 1-2 class periods (our classes meet for approx. 45 minutes every day). This is my contribution to the Blender open-sourced cause. Please feel free to use this manual in your own labs. You may copy any or all parts you wish!Check out the Blender Basics Classroom Tutorial Book. All materials are in the PDF format.