Tools of the Trade | September / October 2019

New to the market are a 3-D certification, self-paced entrepreneurial education, and online microcourses for just-in-time preparation.


Middle school and high school students can now earn a certification in 3D printmaking from MakerBot, a 3D printer manufacturer. The company’s MakerBot Certification Program for Students is intended to give middle and high school students an edge in their prototyping, critical thinking, and 3D printing skills. The certification consists of four online modules: One introduces students to operating and troubleshooting 3D printers, while the other three explore design thinking, applied design thinking, and design for 3D printing. The certification will be available for the 2019–2020 school year. 


The Stanford Graduate School of Business in California has announced Stanford Embark, an online self-paced resource that guides entrepreneurs through each stage of their business ventures. The interactive toolkit consists of entrepreneurship content from Stanford GSB that has previously been proprietary. The modules will help users identify target customers, develop prototypes, create value propositions, define go-tomarket strategies, and determine the right profit models. The introductory membership price is US$99 for three months.


The online learning platform iversity, developed by Springer Nature, is now offering EspressoCourses, fast and compact courses that focus on “point-of-need learning.” The first ten Espresso Courses include topics such as agile methods, lean management, business communication, marketing, and climate change. Some are available in English and some in German. Each micro course is 30 minutes to 40 minutes long and includes short video units followed by a test to measure learning. The online courses also come with a downloadable guide that summarizes key points. Courses are priced between €29 and €49 (US$32.50 and $55).