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There are certain terms and conditions that apply to those who wish to receive a certificate of completion and/or credit for the course. Please read the details below.

What is this class? 

Innovation & Design Thinking is the first MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) offered by the University of Cincinnati. This class teaches students to master the tools necessary to generate new ideas and quickly transform those concepts into viable new products and services.

Who will be teaching the class? 

The class is team-taught by two UC professors: Drew Boyd, marketing professor at the Lindner College of Business (Lindner) and Jim Tappel, engineering professor at UC College of Engineering & Applied Science (CEAS).

How much does the class cost? 

There is no cost associated with registering or participating in the class. Students who wish to obtain a Certificate of Completion or receive UC credit for the course may incur costs. Please see the information below for additional details.

Do I need to be a University of Cincinnati student to participate in the class? 

No, the class is open to all individuals.

Will there be assignments? 

Yes, there will be weekly readings, lecturettes, exercises and discussion boards to build your understanding of the content. You will still be able to participate in the class even if you choose not to complete the weekly assignments. All MOOC lecture videos will be accessible at the start of the class and throughout the seven week course.

Will the class be assessed? 

The class will include seven weekly quizzes and one final exam that will be graded. Participation in the quizzes and tests is optional and only required for students wishing to obtain a Certificate of Completion or UC credit for the class.

Can I join the class after the start date? 

Enrollment for the Fall course is now closed. The course began on October 16, 2014 and enrollment was available through December 14, 2014. 

What if I am a current UC MBA or Master of Engineering student?  

Current MBA students at the Lindner College of Business or current Master’s of Engineering students at the UC College of Engineering & Applied Science wishing to earn credit for the class must register for MKTG 7014 through OneStop. Please note that normal tuition rates will apply for current students in those two programs.  Enrollments for the course will be limited, so register early.

A campus version of MKTG 7014 will be offered in Spring 2015 for those UC students unable to participate in the Fall course.

How do I receive credit for this course? 

There are two ways to receive credit for this course:

1.     For participants who are NOT current MBA students at the Lindner College of Business or Master’s of Engineering students at the UC College of Engineering & Applied Science:

a.       You must earn a score of 75% or higher on six of the seven quizzes administered throughout the course term and pass the final exam.

b.      After successfully completing the MOOC, you must then apply for admission as a new student and enroll in an MBA program at the Lindner College of Business or a Master of Engineering degree program through the UC College of Engineering & Applied Science by January 31, 2016.

c.       After you have successfully passed the course assessments and completed six credits toward your Lindner MBA or CEAS Master of Engineering degree, you will receive two graduate credits for the Innovation and Design Thinking course at no cost.

2.     For current Lindner MBA students and CEAS Master’s of Engineering students

a.       You must enroll in MKTG 7014 via Onestop and pay normal tuition rates to receive credit.

b.      You must successfully complete the course assignments and assessments.

c.       Please note space for currents students is limited.

Can I obtain a certificate of completion after I finish this course? 

Yes. If you obtain a score of 75% or higher on six of the courses seven quizzes, you will earn a Certificate of Completion. The processing fee to receive your printed Certificate of Completion is $30.  Duplicate Certificate copies may be ordered at a cost of $5 per duplicate.

Participants must apply for a Certificate of Completion within two years of completing the course to be eligible.

I am a current UC student. Can I participate in this class? 

Yes. Any UC student may register and participate in the MOOC course. However, only current MBA students in the Lindner College of Business and MS in Engineering students in the College of Engineering & Applied Science may register for the credit-bearing UC course in Fall 2014 (see “How do I receive credit for this course” above for details).

Current UC students who are not currently enrolled in a graduate program in either Lindner or CEAS may earn credit for this class by pursuing a Lindner or CEAS graduate degree. Please see “How do I get credit for this course” above for more details.

Who do I contact if I encounter technical difficulties? 

Participants that encounter technical problems with the online course Innovation & Design Thinking should contact the Blackboard Support team.

Will this class be offered again in the future? 

It has not yet been determined whether or not this class will be offered again as a MOOC through UC. However a campus-based innovation course will be taught by Professor Drew Boyd in Spring 2015.  View One Stop's Class Offering page for course details.