Activity Schedule

If you’re learning this material in one of my in-person classes, then this is your teaching and learning Activity Schedule. Think of it as the definitive reference for what we’ll be doing / did every day. Collapse / or expand each date range for details. Check it daily to stay current.

Welcome! This is our first learning cycle in which you’ll tackle Level 1 of the course. We’ll be getting to know each other a little, and you’ll learn what the course is all about and what it’s like to take a class with me. There’s nothing formally due on the first day but don’t miss it – we’ll be covering some pretty important stuff, you’ll have some work to do to get your feet under you, and we’ll formally begin our learning.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Mon Jan 11Welcome and introduction. Today is the first day of class and we’ll get together for an important first meeting to help us get to know each other and the course. I will share directions about the schedule and on how to access the free course materials.There’s nothing due today. Just be sure you’re there!
Wed Jan 13 (self-paced)Self-paced session. There is no class on these days, i.e. there is no requirement to attend. Use the time to work on the self-paced materials and activities linked from the table below.
Fri Jan 15Fill in the expression of interest form before today at noon (mountain time) if you want to participate in the experiential mastery thread. It was emailed to you via D2L.
Mon Jan 18Discussion-based lecture to help you prepare for Quiz 1 which will be launched at 9:30 am on Jan 26 (see below). The second half of the evening will also be the info session for the experiential stream of the course.
Wed Jan 20 (self-paced)Self-paced session.
Mon Jan 25Discussion-based lecture. We will continue our discussion about the concepts in Level 1. (For those on the experiential stream, note that our session will be on Wednesday this week and not today. See the schedule below.)
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 1

"Self-paced" means work that can be done on your own time and at your own pace. There is no live session to attend. Rather, time has been made available to you to do the work (see the schedule above). You should do this work over the duration of the level, and time it so you can be ready for and engaged with the synchronous sessions.

In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Review the course outline, which is found on D2L under Content > Course outline.
  2. Watch this discussion with Kevin Crowe about the tools and approaches we’ll be using in this course and how he used them as a key part of the innovation strategy in his company. (Feel free to check out some of the other discussions too.)
  3. Go through the material in Level 1: Get your idea out of your head of our The Idea Maker Course. (This is our online textbook). You can get free access to this online textbook using my directions found on D2L under Content > Course schedule and online textbook.
  4. Read this article, looking for the connections between classical entrepreneurial strategy and the Idea Napkin framework studied here in Level 1: A Short Guide to Strategy for Entrepreneurs
  5. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 1. These are found on D2L under Content > For Level 1. Be sure you also review the guidance the self-assessment questions - what they are for and what they are not for. And, after doing this, make sure you bring your own questions and ideas to our synchronous (Monday) discussions.
  6. Get yourself a copy of Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. (Part 1 of this book is our reading book to be tested on Quiz 7, but which you shouldn’t leave reading it to the end of the course.)
Optional reading:
  1. If you are interested in the connection between the frameworks in this course and other popular frameworks (such as design thinking, lean startup, the business model canvas, and others), you can also review this article: A practical integrative product and business design framework to enable new frontiers in fostering innovation and entrepreneurship
For Iteration 1 of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
  1. Find and complete the expression of interest survey by the deadline. I will email this to you and post it as a news item on D2L.
  2. Attend the info session for the experiential thread of the course (see the email I sent and schedule above for the timing)
  3. Complete all of the self-paced requirements of Level 1 outlined above
  4. If you choose to participate in this stream, submit the following before the Iteration 1 deadline which is Jan 29 at midnight::
    1. One (1) Idea Napkin for the currently best version of your idea. (Do this according to the guidance given in Level 1 of the Idea Maker Course)
    2. One (1) sketch or other representation of the pretendotype of your offering. (Learn about pretendotyping and pretotyping by watching this discussion)
    3. One (1) completed Critique Pad assessing your own idea to the best of your ability (Learn how to assess your own idea by going through Level 6 of the Idea Maker Course)
      • Note: You do not need to purchase the Idea Slide Rules when doing Level 6, e.g. use the link provided to make your own.
    4. A personal reflection on what you learned by participating in the experiential thread this iteration and (in the same document) an appendix containing your own notes made during each of the Zoom-based experiential sessions held during this iteration.
Notes:
  • Each of these must be in PDF format and needs to be submitted through the Dropbox folder on D2L.
  • Attendance is required at all of the experiential stream sessions (unless one is deemed to be an optional drop-in).
  • The grading process will be explained in those sessions.

Welcome to Level 2!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Jan 27 (self-paced)
  • 6-7 pm: Optional drop-in session for the experiential stream (see my email for the Zoom details).
  • 7-7:50 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 1 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 1 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 1. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Fri Jan 29Iteration 1 deliverables are due today for the optional experiential stream. See the table describing these under Level 1 above.
Mon Feb 1
  • Discussion-based lecture - Tonight we will do a check in and then discuss Level 2. We will also review Quiz 1 together.
  • This will be followed by the experiential stream meeting (for those in the stream) - See my email for details.
Wed Feb 3 (self-paced)Self-paced session
Mon Feb 8
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for Zoom details) on the topic of Level 2 and to help you prepare for Quiz 2.
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 2
In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Go through the material in Level 2: Figure out who your customers really are of The Idea Maker Course
  2. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 2. These will be found on D2L under Content > For Level 2.
  3. Don’t forget about reading Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. (Part 1 of this book is our reading book to be tested on Quiz 7, but you shouldn’t leave reading it to the end of the course.
Optional reading:
For Iteration 2 of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
  1. Complete all of the self-paced requirements of Level 2 outlined above
  2. Submit the following before the Iteration 2 deadline which is Feb 12 at midnight::
    1. Updated: One (1) or more Idea Napkin(s) for the currently best version of your idea. (Do this according to the guidance given in Level 1 of the Idea Maker Course)
    2. Updated: One (1) sketch or other representation of the pretendotype of your offering. (Learn about pretendotyping and pretotyping by watching this discussion)
    3. Updated: One (1) completed Critique Pad assessing your own idea to the best of your ability (Learn how to assess your own idea by going through Level 6 of the Idea Maker Course)
      • Note: You do not need to purchase the Idea Slide Rules when doing Level 6, e.g. use the link provided to make your own.
    4. New: One (1) or more Value Proposition Wheel(s). (Do this in accordance with the guidance given in Level 2: Figure out who your customers really are)
    5. New: A personal reflection on what you learned by participating in the experiential thread this iteration and (in the same document) an appendix containing your own notes made during each of the Zoom-based experiential sessions held during this iteration. You are asked to add this to the same document you created for earlier iteration(s), i.e. by the fifth iteration, all of your reflections and notes should be contained in the one document.
Notes:
  • Each of these must be in PDF format and needs to be submitted through the Dropbox folder on D2L.
  • Attendance is required at all of the experiential stream sessions (unless one is deemed to be an optional drop-in).
  • You are welcome (encouraged) to change your concept to better meet the criteria - that’s the whole idea.

Welcome to Level 3!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Feb 10 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 2 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
  • Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 2 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 2. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Fri Feb 12Iteration 2 deliverables are due today for the optional experiential stream. See the table describing these under Level 2 above.
Mon Feb 15No class today due to the term break. Use the time to work through the self-paced materials.
Wed Feb 17 (self-paced)No class today due to the term break. Use the time to work through the self-paced materials.
Mon Feb 22
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for Zoom details) on the topic of Level 3 and to help you prepare for Quiz 3.
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 3
In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Go through the material in Level 3: Pitch it right to get the right feedback of The Idea Maker Course
  2. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 3. These will be found on D2L under Content > For Level 3.
  3. Don’t forget about reading Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. (Part 1 of this book is our reading book to be tested on Quiz 7, but you shouldn’t leave reading it to the end of the course
For Iteration 3 of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
  1. Complete all of the self-paced requirements of Level 3 outlined above
  2. Submit the following before the Iteration 3 deadline which is March 12 at 11:59 pm:
    1. Updated: One (1) or more Idea Napkin(s) for the currently best version of your idea. (Do this according to the guidance given in Level 1 of the Idea Maker Course)
    2. Updated: One (1) sketch or other representation of the pretendotype of your offering. (Learn about pretendotyping and pretotyping by watching this discussion)
    3. Updated: One (1) completed Critique Pad assessing your own idea to the best of your ability (Learn how to assess your own idea by going through Level 6 of the Idea Maker Course)
      • Note: You do not need to purchase the Idea Slide Rules when doing Level 6, e.g. use the link provided to make your own.
    4. Updated: One (1) or more Value Proposition Wheel(s). (Do this in accordance with the guidance given in Level 2: Figure out who your customers really are)
    5. New: At least five (5) Break It and Better It forms. (Representing key pre-personas and following the guidance outlined in Level 4: Break it and better it)
    6. New: A 2-minute pitch of your idea. (Prepare this according to the guidance given in Level 3: Pitch it right to get the right feedback)
    7. New: A personal reflection on what you learned by participating in the experiential thread this iteration and (in the same document) an appendix containing your own notes made during each of the Zoom-based experiential sessions held during this iteration. You are asked to add this to the same document you created for earlier iteration(s), i.e. by the fifth iteration, all of your reflections and notes should be contained in the one document.
Notes:
  • Other than the pitch, each of these must be in PDF format and needs to be submitted through the Dropbox folder on D2L.
  • For the pitch:
    • You can record and submit this right in the D2L Dropbox folder (with the "Record Video button) but this may mean having to redo it again for the activities in which you’ll share it with others
    • For that reason, I recommend you save it to video on a local device and then upload the video (or a link to the video) to the D2L Dropbox folder
  • Attendance is required at all of the experiential stream sessions (unless one is deemed to be an optional drop-in).
  • You are welcome (encouraged) to change your concept to better meet the criteria - that’s the whole idea.

Welcome to Level 4!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Feb 24 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 3 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
  • 6:30 pm: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details)
  • Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 3 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 3. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Mon Mar 1
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for details).
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Wed Mar 3 (self-paced)Self-paced session
Mon Mar 8
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for details).
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 4
In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Go through the material in Level 4: Break it and better it of The Idea Maker Course
  2. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 4. These will be found on D2L under Content > For Level 4.
  3. Don’t forget about reading Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries. (Part 1 of this book is our reading book to be tested on Quiz 7, but you shouldn’t leave reading it to the end of the course
For Iteration 3 of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
Iteration 3 continues in this level - see the directions given above under Level 3. The deadline is March 12 at 11:59 pm - see below.

Welcome to Level 5! Further details will be announced here and in the following tables as we proceed through the course.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Mar 10 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 4 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
  • Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 4 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 4. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Fri Mar 12Iteration 3 deliverables are due today for the optional experiential stream. See the table describing these under Level 3 above.
Mon Mar 15
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for details).
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Wed Mar 17 (self-paced)Self-paced session
Mon Mar 22
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for details).
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 5
In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Go through the material in these two parts of the Idea Maker Course:
  2. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 5. These will be found on D2L under Content > For Level 5.
For Iteration 4 of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
For Iteration 4 of the experiential mastery stream, you are asked to submit exactly the same thing you did in Iteration 3, i.e. do it again and improve it wherever and however you can.

Welcome to Level 6! Further details will be announced here and in the following tables as we proceed through the course.

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Mar 24 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 5 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
  • Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 5 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 5. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Fri Mar 26Iteration 4 deliverables due at 11:59 pm for those on the experiential stream. See the table describing these under Level 5 above.
Mon Mar 29
  • 6 pm: Discussion-based lecture (see D2L for details).
  • Followed by: Experiential stream meeting (see my email for details).
Wed Mar 31 (self-paced)Self-paced session
Mon Apr 5No class due to the U of C holiday
Self-paced work for the lecture-quiz thread in Level 6
In this level, the self-paced work includes the following activities:
  1. Go through the material in this part of the Idea Maker Course: Level 6: Validate and assess your idea
  2. Review the self-assessment questions for Level 6. These will be found on D2L under Content > For Level 6.
For Iteration 5 - The final iteration of the (optional) experiential mastery stream
  1. Make sure you have completed all of the self-paced requirements of Levels 1-6
  2. Submit the following before the Iteration 5 deadline which is April 16 at 11:59 pm:
    1. Final version: One (1) or more Idea Napkin(s) for the currently best version of your idea. (Do this according to the guidance given in Level 1 of the Idea Maker Course)
    2. Final version: One (1) sketch or other representation of the pretendotype of your offering. (Learn about pretendotyping and pretotyping by watching this discussion)
    3. Final version: One (1) completed Critique Pad assessing your own idea to the best of your ability (Learn how to assess your own idea by going through Level 6 of the Idea Maker Course)
      • Note: You do not need to purchase the Idea Slide Rules when doing Level 6, e.g. use the link provided to make your own.
    4. Final version: One (1) or more Value Proposition Wheel(s). (Do this in accordance with the guidance given in Level 2: Figure out who your customers really are)
    5. Final versions: At least five (5) Break It and Better It forms. (Representing key pre-personas and following the guidance outlined in Level 4: Break it and better it)
    6. Final version: A 2-minute pitch of your idea. (Prepare this according to the guidance given in Level 3: Pitch it right to get the right feedback)
    7. Final version: A personal reflection on what you learned by participating in the experiential thread for all of the iterations and (in the same document) an appendix containing your own notes made during each of the Zoom-based experiential sessions held during this iteration. You are asked to add this to the same document you created for earlier iteration(s), i.e. by this iteration, all of your reflections and notes should be contained in the one document.
Notes:
  • Other than the pitch, each of these must be in PDF format and needs to be submitted through the Dropbox folder on D2L.
  • For the pitch:
    • You can record and submit this right in the D2L Dropbox folder (with the "Record Video button) but this may mean having to redo it again for the activities in which you’ll share it with others
    • For that reason, I recommend you save it to video on a local device and then upload the video (or a link to the video) to the D2L Dropbox folder
  • Attendance is required at all of the experiential stream sessions (unless one is deemed to be an optional drop-in).
  • You are welcome (encouraged) to change your concept to better meet the criteria - that’s the whole idea.

Welcome to the last part of the course!

DateActivities and topicsThings due or required
Wed Apr 7 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Discussion / question period for Level 6 / Quiz 6
  • 6:30 pm: Quiz 6 will launch (see my D2L news item for details)
  • 6:30 - 8 pm: Experiential Stream meeting (see my email for details)
  • 8:00 - 8:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 6 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details)
Quiz 6 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Level 6. Also see our class discussions, the related self-assessment problems, and my correspondence.
Mon Apr 12Discussion-based lecture. This will be our last class.
Wed Apr 14 (self-paced)
  • 6-6:30 pm: Optional drop-in session for those writing Quiz 7 (see D2L under Communications > Zoom for details).
  • Otherwise, this is a Self-paced session during which you can work at your own pace.
Quiz 7 will launch via D2L at 6 pm today. This will be based on Part 1 of the reading book and the related self-assessment problems. See our class discussions and my correspondence.

Key dates

The table below summarizes the key dates for the lecture-quiz thread. See the Activity Schedule for full details.

DateActivity
Jan 11First class
Jan 27Quiz 1
Feb 10Quiz 2
Feb 24Quiz 3
Mar 10Quiz 4
Mar 24Quiz 5
Apr 7Quiz 6
Apr 14Quiz 7

The table below summarizes the key dates for the (optional) experiential stream. See the Activity Schedule for full details.

DateActivity
Jan 15Expression of interest due
Jan 18Info session for the experiential stream
Jan 29Iteration 1 deliverables due by 11:59 pm
Feb 12Iteration 2 deliverables due by 11:59 pm
Mar 12Iteration 3 deliverables due by 11:59 pm
Mar 26Iteration 4 deliverables due by 11:59 pm
Apr 16Final deliverables due by 11:59 pm
Other dates TBA