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A 3D printer can be used to teach science and math in two ways: when a teacher creates an accurate 3D model of a concept for students to handle, or to design a “starter set” model that students can then alter and use as the basis for explorations. The instructors will impart ideas for developing appropriate content of concepts ranging from kindergarten to grad school and will teach participants to use the free and open source 3D modeling program OpenSCAD. The class assumes participants already know the basics of using a 3D printer, from the UgotClass “Intro to 3D Printing” or equivalent experience. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, 3D Printed Science Projects (Apress, 2016).

Start date: 05/01/17

End date: 05/26/17

Tuition: $195.00



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A 3D printer can be used to teach science and math in two ways: when a teacher creates an accurate 3D model of a concept for students to handle, or to design a “starter set” model that students can then alter and use as the basis for explorations. The instructors will impart ideas for developing appropriate content of concepts ranging from kindergarten to grad school and will teach participants to use the free and open source 3D modeling program OpenSCAD. The class assumes participants already know the basics of using a 3D printer, from the UgotClass “Intro to 3D Printing” or equivalent experience. Recommended optional e-book: Horvath and Cameron, 3D Printed Science Projects (Apress, 2016).

Start date: 07/03/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Start date: 02/06/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $345.00

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There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 05/26/17

Tuition: $345.00



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There has been a lot of excitement about the use of 3D printers in education, but educators can have trouble both getting started with the technology and figuring out what to do with it. This two-class certificate covers both aspects, starting with how the technology works and then moving on to how to use it effectively. If participants already have 3D printers, the instructors will customize the class as much as possible so participants can follow along on the hardware they have. If a participant does not yet have access to a 3D printer, the instructors can help with helping participants define criteria to make decisions about appropriate hardware to buy. The intro class (recommended to be taken first) covers the entire 3D printing workflow with a focus on open source and free software. The market is somewhat fractured and different 3D printers vary somewhat in their operations there are not a lot of standards in the industry yet, but the instructors will guide participants through what the options are and where to learn the details of operation of their particular existing or planned hardware. The second class then builds on this knowledge to think about how to help students create their own exploratory models, or how to create models that a teacher can create to help students visualize an abstract concept. Participants will use some of the software covered in the Intro to 3D Printing class to create several different types of 3D printable models, and will discuss the details of how to print their design on the 3D printer they already have or plan to acquire in the future.

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 07/28/17

Tuition: $345.00



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Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. Get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to Finance - The Vocabulary of Finance - The Four Basic Elements of Finance - The Basic Financial Statements Unit 2 Introduction to Accounting -Basic Terminology -The Purpose of Accounting -The Accounting Cycle -Preparing Financial Statements Unit 3 Managing Liabilities -Overview of Liabilities -The Liabilities of a Business - Short-Term Liabilities -Long-Term Liabilities Unit 4 Financial Planning - Overview of Financial Planning -The Importance of Financial Planning -The Business Planning Process

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. Get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Agenda Unit 1 Introduction to Finance - The Vocabulary of Finance - The Four Basic Elements of Finance - The Basic Financial Statements Unit 2 Introduction to Accounting -Basic Terminology -The Purpose of Accounting -The Accounting Cycle -Preparing Financial Statements Unit 3 Managing Liabilities -Overview of Liabilities -The Liabilities of a Business - Short-Term Liabilities -Long-Term Liabilities Unit 4 Financial Planning - Overview of Financial Planning -The Importance of Financial Planning -The Business Planning Process

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on statistically significant information. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Agenda Unit 1 Developing a Survey -Purposes of surveys -Fundamentals of Survey Research -Ethical Considerations -Likert Scales Unit 2 Comparing Means -Chi-Square -Statistical Significance -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems involving Means Comparisons Unit 3 Finding Differences between Groups -ANOVA -Post Hoc Comparisons -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems Involving ANOVA Unit 4 Individual Research Inquiries -Developing Research Questions -Setting Up Study -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on statistically significant information. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Agenda Unit 1 Developing a Survey -Purposes of surveys -Fundamentals of Survey Research -Ethical Considerations -Likert Scales Unit 2 Comparing Means -Chi-Square -Statistical Significance -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems involving Means Comparisons Unit 3 Finding Differences between Groups -ANOVA -Post Hoc Comparisons -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems Involving ANOVA Unit 4 Individual Research Inquiries -Developing Research Questions -Setting Up Study -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually

Start date: 06/05/17

End date: 06/30/17

Tuition: $195.00



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After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on statistically significant information. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned. Agenda Unit 1 Developing a Survey -Purposes of surveys -Fundamentals of Survey Research -Ethical Considerations -Likert Scales Unit 2 Comparing Means -Chi-Square -Statistical Significance -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems involving Means Comparisons Unit 3 Finding Differences between Groups -ANOVA -Post Hoc Comparisons -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually -Practical Problems Involving ANOVA Unit 4 Individual Research Inquiries -Developing Research Questions -Setting Up Study -Communicating Results Graphically and Textually

Start date: 08/07/17

End date: 09/01/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Get under the hood of inbound marketing and learn how to monitor measure and manage the integrated results of your inbound marketing activities at a more advanced level. We’ll focus on the data that actually matters and how it is influenced by visitor/user engagement. Gain deeper insights into user behavior; learn how to track meaningful conversions, measure visitor engagement and how to use landing pages more effectively – including how to create forms that get results. Agenda Unit 1 Visitor engagement Understanding the user experience – fact and friction Identifying your metrics – tracking the right things Integrating social media & email marketing results Unit 2 Analyzing visitor behavior Tracking & heat-mapping software Understanding Google Analytics – the key numbers Data analysis – entrance/exit pages etc. Unit 3 Leveraging conversion pages Landing page design best practices Landing page optimization – step by step Build Successful Forms for data collection Unit 4 Conversion tracking Defining the conversion process Using G/A funnels & goals How to identify friction in the funnel (user experience)

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $195.00



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Come get the knowledge needed to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization. Find out about proximity marketing, mobile marketing metrics, and developing a mobile marketing campaign. Learn how to promote your app on the web, building a landing page for your app, and advanced tracking of your application usage. Then take home a blueprint for creating guidelines and standards for your mobile marketing effort, and how to measure its success. You will leave this course with the knowledge to implement a mobile marketing plan for your organization. Agenda Unit 1 Mobile Marketing - From Text to App - SMS/MMS Marketing - Non-Native Apps - Native Apps - Leveraging Existing Apps Unit 2 Strategy Design - Intent/Goals - Metrics - Platform decisions - Pricing implications Unit 3 Campaign Design - Elements of a Successful campaign - Design choices and implications - Case study of a successful campaign - Measuring success Unit 4 Campaign Execution - Timing - Integration with other campaign elements - Cross organization training - Gaining customer buy-in

Start date: 04/03/17

End date: 04/28/17

Tuition: $245.00



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