Like many designers of my generation, I’m mostly autodidact. In the early 2000s, I was part of a small group of people practicing interface customisation as a hobby. I attended two years of design school, but found it to be a poor place for me to grow.
At a certain stage in their careers, design educators who don't keep up with changes and trends may become disconnected with "the future." Some curricula also age out. It's great to understand design principles and introduce students to a variety of tools and such, but there's need to be able to direct students to remedial, additional, or supplemental resources and materials to help them chart their specific future path.
Glad you were able to find your path and follow it to where you are now an "educator" too. Within you well as you share you knowledge and inspire others.
Thanks for sharing your story! I went to art school myself and found that it included a lot of things that didn’t interest me too. But it still had some value, I learnt how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. And it sparked an interest in design.
P.S. Your course sounds amazing, I definitely plan to check it out!