The 2020 pandemic has introduced many new challenges for universities, one of which is the large percentage (20% or more by most estimations) of deferring students. With this challenge in mind, I set out to create a new certificate program offered to prospective DePaul students that could be converted to college credit if they decided to enroll at the institution. The certificate began running in July 2020, and is an ongoing collaboration between the College of Computing and Digital Media (where I teach) and our Enrollment Management department.
Current certificate offerings are Internet of Things and Digital Fabrication. I taught the pilot program over the course of five weeks, which used the Arduino MKR 1000 kit as a springboard to make custom Internet of Things artifacts. Jake Juracka — a student employee of mine from the IRL — acted as a teaching assistant, and helped the students during class time and off-hours. I also invited friends of mine from Bosch and Avant to speak to the students about careers and growth potential in the IOT sphere.
You can learn more about the program here.