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Courses - Fall 2024
IDEA
Academy for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Open Seats as of
07/19/2024 at 10:30 PM
IDEA101
The Carillon Studio: Creative Problem Solving and Designing Your Maryland Experience
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Restriction: Must be in the Carillon Communities Program.
Students learn creative problem solving and collaborative strategies that will drive academic success and empower students to tackle big questions.
Restricted to students in Carillon Communities.
IDEA201
Innovation Tools & Mindsets
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: IDEA201 or IDEA258A.
Formerly: IDEA258A.
Challenges assumptions around what is needed to innovate and who innovators are. Through hands-on activities and reflection, you'll be invited to step out of your comfort zone, think and work in new ways, and gain confidence in your creative abilities.
Section 0104 is a hybrid section that will have 4 in-person meetings.
IDEA258U
Special Topics in Innovation; Introduction to UI/UX Design
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
What does "User Experience" mean? It was a term coined by cognitive psychologist and designer Don Norman in the 1990s on the cusp of the new digital era; however, the field in practice has existed long before that. Unfortunately, due to its over use and misuse, the pure concept of UX has become lost in the weeds and details of all of its components and methods. In this course, we will take a deep look at the true meaning of UX as simply "a user's experience" and what that means for you as both a designer and a user. You will learn about core UX principles and methodologies from both an academic and practical standpoint and be challenged to apply what you learn in classroom workshops and assignments. Finally, you will be asked to think both inside and outside the bounds of technology to find innovative solutions to real world design problems.
IDEA311
Design Your Purpose
Credits: 1
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Credit only granted for: IDEA311 or IDEA379A.
Formerly: IDEA379A.
What do you want to do once you graduate? What about with your life? These are the big questions we begin to tackle in this course. Use design methods and mindsets to explore your personal and professional development goals and explore potential career paths. Using empathy, brainstorming, and prototyping techniques, you'll imagine potential futures for yourself and test them to see if they are a good fit for you.
IDEA398C
(Perm Req)
Special Topics in Coaching: Carillon Peer Mentors
Credits: 2
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
GenEd: DSSP
Prerequisite: IDEA101.
Restriction: Permission of the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Prepares students to serve as Peer Mentors in the Carillon Studio (IDEA101). Students gain exposure to a variety of design abilities, methods, and mindsets that prepare them to apply human-centered design to their work in and beyond the classroom. Each Peer Mentor is paired with an IDEA101 instructor, and together they teach aspects of design to first-year students in Carillon Communities, leading them through individual and team projects that encourage them to creatively solve problems. Students build upon their prior experiences in Carillon Communities as they develop skills in communication, leadership, mentorship, and design thinking.
IDEA459
The Innovation Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
Cross-listed with IDEA459. Credit only granted for IDEA459 or IDEA659.

In this class, we'll use human-centered design practices to develop performance-based and curricular experiments for future implementation at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) at UMD. Students will have the opportunity to connect the work we do in class to their own interests related to the visual and performing arts. Experience with classical music performance and/or human-centered design practices is optional. The class is highly experiential, collaborative, and reflective. This work is done through a partnership between NOI+F and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create innovation-related experiences at the festival every year.
IDEA498
Independent Study: Experiments in Innovation
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, P-F, Aud
IDEA659
The Innovation Studio
Credits: 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Cross-listed with IDEA459. Credit only granted for IDEA459 or IDEA659.

In this class, we'll use human-centered design practices to develop performance-based and curricular experiments for future implementation at the National Orchestral Institute + Festival (NOI+F) at UMD. Students will have the opportunity to connect the work we do in class to their own interests related to the visual and performing arts. Experience with classical music performance and/or human-centered design practices is optional. The class is highly experiential, collaborative, and reflective. This work is done through a partnership between NOI+F and the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship to create innovation-related experiences at the festival every year.
IDEA698
(Perm Req)
Independent Study in Design Thinking
Credits: 1 - 3
Grad Meth: Reg, Aud
Restriction: Permisson required by the Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Graduate students apply design thinking and/or lean startup concepts to a real-world project. This course requires a high degree of self-direction in all aspects of the project including defining specific milestones and deliverables. There will be regular coaching from an Academy for Innovation and Entrepreneurship team member.