Technical standards fuel the development and implementation of technologies that influence and transform life, work, and communication. They form the fundamental building blocks for products and new technology development around the world. This course offers a practitioner's view of standards and standards development aimed at graduate-level students, educators and professionals in the fields of engineering, technology, and computing (ETC); business; economics; and law. This 6-week course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the ways in which technology, economics, and politics intersect in the development and use of standards and the vital role that standards play in global trade, society, product design, and planning. The purpose of the course is to help students, the faculty who prepare them, and professionals new to their careers in engineering, technology, computing, business, and economics to contribute more to their current or future organizations through the application of critical standards and input into standards development.
Welcome video for the MOOC, Innovation, and Competition: Succeeding through Global Standards. This video introduces the course and provides an overview of the curriculum covered.