Release Date: February 15, 2017
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Three online courses developed by the University at Buffalo that explore technologies revolutionizing American factories — Advanced Manufacturing Process Analysis, Intelligent Machining and the Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise — will roll out on the worldwide Coursera platform beginning next week.
The massive open online courses (MOOCs) are installments four through six in a 10-part “101” series called Digital Manufacturing and Design Technology. The first-of-its-kind series explores how data is being used to connect and improve each stage of the manufacturing process. The project is a partnership with the Chicago-based, federally funded Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute (DMDII).
The new MOOCs to debut are:
Each course includes video-based instruction, peer interactions, assessments and project work.
The first three MOOCs of the series launched on Jan. 30 and are open for enrollment. They include: Digital Manufacturing & Design, Digital Thread: Components, and Digital Thread: Implementation. Remaining courses — MOOCs seven through 10 — will be available this spring and summer.
Course development is being led by UB’s Center for Industrial Effectiveness (TCIE), the business outreach center of UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, in coordination with SMART (Sustainable Manufacturing and Advanced Robotic Technologies) Community of Excellence, the Center for Educational Innovation and industry partners. Efforts are partially funded with a $380,000 award from DMDII and its parent organization, UI LABS.
Learners may sign up for individual courses or the complete series. There is no charge to access course content that includes videos and readings. The fee to gain access to content plus all assignments in a course or the complete series, and the opportunity to earn a certificate in digital manufacturing and design, is $49 per month.