The University of Illinois has been an innovator in the Massive Open Online Education space, with several courses on ‘tap’ or on demand 24×7. The College of Business has launched the Online MBA, and we have had great success with our first offering in Digital Marketing. The first course in the series “Marketing in a Digital World” was ranked in the top 10 courses on Coursera for 2015.
We decided to use this platform for spreading 3D Printing and Modeling to the world. We are fortunate to have Ultimaker as a partner for the course on Hardware and Autodesk for the course on Software. The two co-founders of the lab, Aric Rindfleisch and Vishal Sachdev, will be offering the first two courses exploring the 3D Printing revolution and applications, followed by Jeff Smith @Autodesk for the course on Software or 3D Modeling covering sketchbook (for 2D sketching), tinkercad and Fusion 360( for 3d Modeling). Matt Griffin from Ultimaker will lead the hardware course, where students will learn about how the technology works, and even learn how to assemble/teardown 3D printers, if they are interested. These four courses will be followed by a capstone project, where students will apply their learning to ‘make’ something digitally. We will be partnering up with 3D hubs, to provide our learners access to over 28,000 printers globally, and shapeways.
We are building this innovative corporate/academic partnership to deliver an online course, that also allows users to bring their ideas to life as physical objects.