Current Offerings

Enroll in any of these courses by looking for PD 2030 and the section number (001, 002, 003) in Catalyst when you register for classes.

Fall 2020

PD2030-001: Inquiry to Innovation: Zero Hunger/Zero Waste
3 credits
Meets Tues/Thurs 12:20-1:50
(Cross-listed with PLAN5064-001 for planners only)
Contact: UC Forward Director Frank Russell

Inquiry to Innovation: Zero Hunger/Zero Waste is a trans-disciplinary UC Forward seminar offered in partnership with the Kroger Corporation's Zero Hunger/Zero Waste Foundation. In this course, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to address the barriers to food access for all populations of our region and to ameliorate the impact of hunger on families and children.

Students will work alongside Kroger collaborators to understand the issue and the populations it affects. Multiple points of view are sought from the student perspective to develop proposals to address hunger in practical terms.

Interdisciplinary teams will work with neighborhood groups to envision solutions by addressing both system-wide engineering problems like food accessibility, delivery logistics, environmental sustainability, community health and waste as well as specific community-based design strategies like food hubs, urban agriculture, mobile vending, micro-markets and others.

PD2030-002: Inquiry to Innovation: What is the Future of Work?

3 Credits
Meets Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:20
Contact: Assistant Professor for Creative, Culture, and Social Impact Initiatives Aaron Bradley

If you want an experience shaping the workplace of the future, this seminar is for you! Students from all disciplines are needed! This industry-sponsored, trans-disciplinary UC Forward honors seminar is 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 leadership to use ethnographic research, trend forecasting and rapid ideation techniques to study and report findings as the project evolves in real time. Much of the class will be structured as workshops and collaborative working sessions with BHDP’s team, both on campus and at the company’s downtown Cincinnati headquarters.

PD2030-003: Inquiry to Innovation: Digital Nomad – Exploring Remote Work

3 credits
Meets Tues/Thurs 10:00-11:20
Contact: Associate Professor and Digital Innovation Director Todd Foley

This course will take students from different disciplines and partner them with industry experts in remote work, digital collaboration, and digital communication to explore how we can improve the world of remote work. While technology is abundant, our experiences using remote tools are typically limited and sometimes less than ideal. Students will work in teams to research, design, and prototype new remote-work possibilities for a new generation.

Spring 2020

Spring 2020
3 Credits
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Instructors: John Layne, Stephanie Rollmann, Dieter Vanderelst, Frank Russell

In this course, students will investigate the interface between biology and robotics and the organizational principles of animal societies as applicable to single and multi-robot systems. Supported through a National Science Foundation grant that will allow high school students to participate and get a head start in collegiate STEM, this course is capped at six non-biology students (because of lab seats available). Cross-listed with BIOL2030.

Spring 2020
3 Credits
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Instructor: Aaron Bradley

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.

Spring 2020
3 Credits
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Instructor: Kim Burke

In this course, students will work with Cincinnati Parks' Burnet Woods and the Camping Education Foundation to explore ways to educate and engage the public through the design and creation of public exhibitions about sustainability and “Living Futures," a framework for healthy, nurturing, regenerative communities, buildings and objects that have a net positive benefit to people and the environment.

Fall 2019

Fall 2019
3 Credits
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Instructor: Frank Russell

In this course, students will partner with the Kroger "Zero Hunger/Zero Waste" initiative to develop approaches to this vexing problem in local neighborhoods. Project applications will range from broad food systems strategy and smart systems to tactical community-based solutions like food hubs and urban agriculture.

Spring 2020
3 Credits
All disciplines, all levels welcome
Instructor: Aaron Bradley

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.

Spring 2019

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 frank.russell@uc.edu.

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 aaron.bradley@uc.edu.

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.

Contact michael.sharp@uc.edu and apply at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/I2I_Radio