Restriction: Sophomore standing or higher; and permission of Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Credit only granted for: IDEA247 or IDEA250.
Additional information: Participation in the course requires students to submit an application, be interviewed and selected by the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Prepares you as an Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship Peer Innovation Coach (PIC), where you will be coaching and guiding student teams in the classroom as they experiment with using the design thinking process. You will first have the opportunity to sharpen your own understanding of the design thinking process by applying it to a team design challenge, as well as further explore each step through readings, discussion and reflection. You will then focus on the concept of creativity and learning about the mindsets that are conducive to innovation. Towards the end of the semester, you will focus on the theories and methods related to effective coaching. Throughout the course, you will observe and practice coaching alongside AIE Facilitators as they teach design thinking modules in various courses across campus. As you get more familiar and comfortable with the design thinking curriculum, you will have the opportunity to facilitate parts of classes or activities at some of our workshops and special events, such as departmental/campus-wide design challenges.
What if you could learn how to expand your creativity, scale your impact, generate wild ideas, build quickly & cheaply, and become more innovative? In this Introduction to Peer Innovation Coaching, you will learn how to apply innovation tools and mindsets, such as design thinking and lean startup, for yourself and with others to create change in meaningful ways. Peer Innovation Coaches (PICS) come from all programs and majors on campus, and learn how to use coaching as an effective change-making tool.
Special Topics in Innovation; Becoming a Design Thinker: Mindsets and Tools for Innovation
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This introductory course allows students to try on the behaviors of a creative problem-solver, leveraging the methods and tools of design thinking, a human-centered innovation process. This is a highly experiential, often experimental course. All majors are encouraged to enroll.
Special Topics in Innovation; Designing Ethical Campaigns
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This course will introduce students to and immerse them in the methods running an ethical campaign. Through our campus, local, state, national government, we have seen how dirty politics can get. Throughout the semester students will be able to apply their learnings to design a campaign that can make tangible differences, but stay true to their core values. We will explore the different functions and methods it takes to run an ethical campaign. Our assignments and activities will allow for students to have hands-on engagement with stakeholders at UMD to create and test their own ethical campaign.
Special Topics in Innovation; Explorations in Design
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IDEA258D Explorations in Design gives students the opportunity to apply their unique backgrounds to the realm of design. Students will engage in hands-on learning with real world applications to incorporate design thinking into everyday life. We will explore how good and bad design plays a role in the mundane, from the way we order coffee to the logos you see to the signs that help you navigate (or get lost) on the metro.