San Antonio, Texas
June 10, 2012
June 10, 2012
June 13, 2012
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
25.190.1 - 25.190.12
Answering the call for innovation: Program and faculty development for innovation and entrepreneurial learning Amid widespread calls for innovation, there is an increased demand for faculty training and development opportunities that focus on integrating entrepreneurship and innovation into the engineering and design curriculum. What is the best way to provide this training to faculty? What model seems to be most efficacious? This paper will describe learning and preliminary findings from the implementation of three faculty development models: brief conference workshops on specific teaching tools and techniques, a multi-‐day workshop in which faculty observe and assist with exercises with actual students, and a second multi-‐day workshop on program design and curriculum development that addresses multiple components of curriculum change. Comparative analysis of these different models of faculty development will be presented, highlighting the challenges and benefits of each and learnings from the first year of implementation. Two consistent challenges presented in all three faculty training models: 1) how to integrate content area knowledge and innovative teaching practices that can be successfully translated back to the traditional environment of higher education; 2) how to build a network of like-‐minded faculty that continues after workshops have concluded. Discussion will explore the pros and cons of each model, and recommendations about how to make faculty development sessions more effective in terms of instructional design, implementation and evaluation.
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