FALL 2016 COURSES

IWKS 2100  |  Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping  |  3 credits

Introduces collaborative interdisciplinary design and innovation from a human perspective. Using the wide array of Inworks prototyping facilities, teams of students will design and implement human-oriented projects of increasing scale and complexity, in the process acquiring essential innovation and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: None; no previous design or prototyping experience is expected or required. Instructor: Heather Underwood (Associate Director / Assistant Professor) 

IWKS 2300  |  Computational Foundations of Innovation  |  3 credits

Provides a broad introduction to the technological underpinnings of modern society, introducing the fundamental principles of computer science. Students create realistic artifacts, and imbue those artifacts with interesting behavior, by writing computer programs in on-line virtual world similar to Second Life, and for simple Arduino-connected devices. In-class and in-world discussions and readings introduce important computer science ideas and concepts. Completion of this course will prepare students for more advanced IWKS courses that require knowledge of computing principles and practices.

Prerequisites: None.  Instructor: John K. Bennett ( Associate Vice Chancellor for Innovation Initiatives ) 

IWKS 5100  |  Human-Centered Design, Innovation and Prototyping  |  3 credits

Offers a graduate-level introduction to collaborative interdisciplinary design and innovation from a human perspective, as well as introducing key theoretical and computational foundations of innovation. Using the wide array of Inworks prototyping facilities, teams of students will design and implement human-oriented projects of increasing scale and complexity, in the process acquiring essential innovation and problem-solving skills.

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; no previous design or prototyping experience is expected or required. Instructor: Heather Underwood (Associate Director / Assistant Professor) 

IWKS 5700  |  Online Digital Instruction  |  3 credits

Explores how design thinking and user-centered design can be used to develop and improve technology-mediated learning. Using a team-based project-oriented approach, students design, develop, and evaluate new modalities for digital education. Projects will include ways to educate general audiences as well as targeted ones, such as employees, customers, or medical patients.

Instructor: Katherine Goodman (Assistant Professor)  

IWKS 5930  |  Special Topics  |  maximum of 8 credits

Emergent issues and professional developments in design, innovation and prototyping. Consult the current Inworks Course List for semester offerings as new special topics courses are frequently added.

Prerequisite requirements vary according to topics and instructor requirements. Restriction: Restricted to students with graduate standing.