NEW YORK, July 14, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Deloitte University Press today announced the launch of a massive open online course (MOOC) on the business implications of additive manufacturing. 3D Opportunity: The Course on Additive Manufacturing for Business Leaders is the first course of its kind to be offered by a large professional services firm and is designed to help educate the market on the business drivers of additive manufacturing (more popularly known as 3D printing).
"We are committed to providing innovative educational opportunities to our clients through programs such as Dbriefs webcasts, live events, and Deloitte University itself," said Jonathan Copulsky, principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP and director of Deloitte's Brand & Eminence group. "The MOOC offers a new hybrid - the ability to interact and collaborate with the instructor and participants worldwide while viewing high quality content from the convenience of their own office.
"The potential to reach a broad population - from business leaders and managers, to educators and students - is an exciting prospect. We believe courses like this can help spark a dialogue around important trends in the marketplace," added Copulsky.
Deloitte University Press developed the MOOC in collaboration with America Makes, 3D Systems, Marquette University, and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
"This course is uniquely valuable because it explores the business considerations for additive manufacturing," said Mike Hripko, deputy director of workforce and educational outreach, America Makes. "During this course participants will learn how 3D printing could impact their business, which sectors are leading in the use of the technology, and what factors they should consider when building a business case for additive manufacturing."
About the course
3D Opportunity explores the business drivers of additive manufacturing and is relevant for anyone involved with strategy, supply chain, operations, R&D, manufacturing, and product development. Mark Cotteleer, a research director with Deloitte Services LP and former business school professor at Marquette University and the University of Chicago, is teaching the course. Cotteleer will be joined by specialists from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and America Makes during the course. Deloitte University Press also collaborated with 3D Systems for the MOOC.
The MOOC comprises 26 mini-lectures organized into five modules and featuring high-quality video lectures, motion graphics, and assessments. Most lectures are between 5 and 7 minutes in length. Short lecture quizzes will be used to help students assess their retention of the material. To deepen their understanding and further explore how additive manufacturing applies to their own organizations, students can optionally perform "take-home" assignments that will be evaluated by peers taking the course. Participants who complete the course and receive 70 percent or better on the module-ending quizzes will receive a certificate of completion. 3D Opportunity is free and open to the public and will be available through August 8. To register, visit www.dupress.com/3d-opportunity-course.
About Deloitte University Press
Deloitte University Press publishes original articles, reports and periodicals that provide insights for businesses, the public sector and NGOs. Our goal is to draw upon research and experience from throughout our professional services organization, and that of coauthors in academia and business, to advance the conversation on a broad spectrum of topics of interest to executives and government leaders. Deloitte University Press is an imprint of Deloitte Development LLC. For more information visit www.dupress.com.
About America Makes
America Makes is the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute. As the national accelerator for additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing (3DP), America Makes is the nation's leading and collaborative partner in AM and 3DP technology research, discovery, creation, and innovation. Structured as a public-private partnership with member organizations from industry, academia, government, non-government agencies, and workforce and economic development resources, we are working together to innovate and accelerate AM and 3DP to increase our nation's global manufacturing competitiveness. Based in Youngstown, Ohio, America Makes is the first institute for up to 45 manufacturing innovation institutes to follow and is driven by the National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM). For more information visit http://americamakes.us.
As used in this document, "Deloitte" means Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Please see www.deloitte.com/us/about for a detailed description of the legal structure of Deloitte LLP and its subsidiaries. Certain services may not be available to attest clients under the rules and regulations of public accounting.