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Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
The Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech is currently making an intentional effort to vertically integrate entrepreneurial minded learning within the undergraduate curriculum. With funding from the Kern Family Foundation, the goals of this work are not only to better equip students to meet the demands of the modern marketplace but also to empower students to tell the story of their growth into entrepreneurially minded engineers. In order to tell this story, students engage in a portfolio process grounded in evidence and reflection. The structure of this story-centric curricular framework consists of a first-year launcher course where foundational topics such as design thinking, reflection, folio thinking, and entrepreneurial mindset are introduced. At the other end of the framework is a unique course called The Art of Telling Your Story. In this upper level course, students learn to tell their unique stories of their experiences and entrepreneurial mindset growth culminating in an ePortfolio. In between these two curricular bookends, students are involved in their core biomedical engineering classes. Five of these core courses are designated as gateway courses. In gateway courses, students complete signature assignments specifically created to foster entrepreneurial mindset and critical reflection. These signature assignments are also designed to produce meaningful artifacts and experiences that may later be used as part of students’ stories and portfolios. In this paper, we describe the details of the structure and implementation of this vertically integrated curricular framework and present evidence of entrepreneurial mindset growth within freshmen and upper level students’ ePortfolios.
Bell-Huff, C. L., & Fernandez, T. M., & Morgan, K. L., & Benkeser, P., & LeDoux, J. M. (2020, June), A Vertically Integrated Portfolio Process to Foster Entrepreneurial Mindset Within an Undergraduate Biomedical Engineering Curriculum Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34081
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