Current Offerings

Enroll in any of these course sections by looking for PD 2030 and the section number in Catalyst when you register.

Spring 2019
3 Credits
Tues/Thurs 12:30-1:50 (UC Honors or 3.2+ GPA)
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Fulfills many BoK requirements

In this course, students will partner with the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden to develop animal enrichment opportunities to modify surroundings and/or provide products, tools, games, or instruments for stimulation of or use by Zoo animals.

Enriching an animal's environment stimulates physical and cognitive development. It can also stimulate unique species-specific behaviors, provide opportunities for choice and control, and offer educational and enjoyable experiences for Zoo visitors.

This collaboration is intended to attract a unique set of knowledge, skills, and fresh perspectives, particularly in engineering, technology, programming, and design. Professional Zoo mentors will work with multi-disciplinary student teams to develop and fabricate product prototypes for testing on-site. The best projects will be eligible for awards and further implementation at the Zoo.

Led by Zoo Animal Enrichment Expert David Orban and architect Frank Russell. to learn more, contact

Spring 2019
Friday 9:05-12:10 (UC Honors or 3.2+ GPA)
For upper-division students
Fulfills many BoK requirements

The Future of Work is an industry-sponsored, trans-disciplinary UC Forward seminar offered in collaboration with Cincinnati-based architecture and design research firm BHDP.

This highly experiential course challenges students to investigate and predict how and where the next-generation workforce will "work" by examining the influence of societal trends and their impacts on human behavior.

By exploring the influences of an ever-changing economy, technology advancements, and a culture of rapid innovation, students will look beyond workplace or office design to larger questions of culture, mindset, productivity, and what unities us as people who work. Students will work closely with faculty and BHDP’s leadership to leverage ethnographic research, trend forecasting, and rapid ideation techniques to study and report findings as the project evolves in real-time.

To learn more, contact

Spring 2019
3 Credits
MWF 1:30-2:25 (Service Learning)
For students of any discipline and any level
Fulfills many BoK requirements

Are you interested in the world of publishing and writing, particularly as it relates to lifting the community? Would you like to explore how to empower diverse voices through radio broadcasts and podcasting?

In this course, students will work with the Tapioca Radio Show and Experience Magazine: Practice and Theory to develop and launch an innovative and interactive online learning platform to help bridge the campus and the community. Radio and podcasts have become important “popular culture” delivery methods because they promote a “dialogical” model of education in which there is ongoing interaction between the educator and the educated, thus breaking down traditional “banking education” methodologies and providing a more seamless interplay between the campus and community.

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