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App Design with Swift Programming

Build your own mobile apps and launch your coding career by learning Swift, a powerful and intuitive programming language. During…

Business Forecasting and Trendspotting

Explore the art and science of staying ahead of your competition in Business Forecasting and Trendspotting. In this 8 week…

Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

Creative problem solving is the engine that drives every successful business, product or idea. Learn how to take control of…

Foundations of American Sign Language

In this introductory American Sign Language course, you will learn basic ASL vocabulary and build conversational skills to communicate with…

Sound Design and Music for Immersive Media

Immerse yourself in the totally new medium of virtual reality. In this fast-moving field, hands-on technical experience and networking connections…

UX/UI Design Essentials

Learn how to develop a customized experience through the process of UX/UI Design. During this course, you will be introduced…

In the News

Genesys Works Chicago Partners with Columbia College Chicago Online

Columbia College Chicago Online is partnering with Genesys Works Chicago to provide online education to local high school students. Twenty-five students will enroll in Columbia Online’s App Design with Swift Programming three-credit course as a part of the Everyone Can Code initiative.
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EdCor Partnership with Columbia Online

EdCor and Columbia College Chicago Online are now offering reduced tuition toward fully online courses and certificates to the EdCor community.
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City Year Chicago and Columbia College Chicago Online Announce Partnership

The agreement is the first of its kind to directly partner City Year Chicago with an educational institution
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Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

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Joel Douek

Joel Douek is an award-winning composer, sound designer and co-founder of ECCO VR, one of few companies dedicated solely to sound and music in the Virtual and Augmented Reality space. His work has brought many top Virtual Reality experiences to life, and numerous BAFTA and EMMY-winning productions including some of the most prestigious documentaries of the last decade—those of naturalist Sir David Attenborough.

His company ECCO VR ( has created sound and music for VR experiences across entertainment, training, VR game and health disciplines, working with major Hollywood studios such as Lionsgate, innovators such as Lytro & Facebook/Oculus, entertainment brands from NBC to Hulu, and leading VR companies such as JauntVR, Within, VR PlayhouseSpecular TheoryStudio Transcendent, and many others.

Together with his team of VR audio professionals, he has pioneered workflows for 360 location recording and audio post-production and maintains close development partnerships with academic and commercial creators of spatial audio technology. Douek speaks regularly on 360 audio from both the technology and content creation perspectives, leading annual workshops at VRLA, SXSW, Digital Hollywood, UploadVR and AES’s Audio for Virtual and Augmented Reality (AVAR) Conference. He has published on Music and Emotion in the journal “Frontiers in Neuroscience,” was guest speaker at the “International Conference on Music and Neuroscience” and is a frequent contributor to articles and blogs on VR sound and related topics.

Course: Sound Design and Music for Immersive Media

“The hand-on demonstration videos are excellent, especially the Reaper demo videos. The resources have been helpful as well, and the topics for discussion are thought-provoking.”

— Columbia Online Student
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Kevin Henry

Kevin Henry is an award-winning product designer, Associate Professor at Columbia College Chicago and the author of Drawing for Product Designers. As Kevin transitioned in his career from the designing physical products to designing ephemeral learning experiences, he used the methods of design thinking to create and assess everything from early product definition to deeper empathy for the end-user, concept ideation, prototyping and final presentation or pitch.

In addition to researching and writing about the current state of design visualization, Kevin also designs learning experiences that are optimized for mobile devices. He is currently working on a series of interactive books designed for the iPad for the learning company The Fourth Teacher L.L.C., which he founded in 2017.

Course: Design Thinking for Creative Problem Solving

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Cara Dehnert Huffman

Cara Dehnert Huffman is an attorney, nonprofit executive, and passionate supporter of the arts and entertainment industries. In addition to teaching, Dehnert Huffman is an active writer and contributor to major art publications and other media outlets, including Chicago Artist Resource, Chicago Art Magazine and more, as well as a strategic planning and philanthropic consultant.

She has previous legal and arts administration experience as the former Executive Director of I Am Logan Square as well as with the Illinois Arts Council, Lawyers for the Creative Arts, Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, and other creative organizations in Chicago and nationwide.

Course: Nonprofit Arts Management