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Assessment of Student Learning in an Entrepreneurship Practicum Course

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2018

Conference Session

Assessing Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Tagged Division

Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation

Page Count

14

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https://peer.asee.org/27639

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24

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Prateek Shekhar University of Michigan

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Prateek Shekhar is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Michigan. His research is focused on examining translation of engineering education research in practice, assessment and evaluation of dissemination initiatives and educational programs in engineering disciplines. He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin,M.S. in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California and B.S. in Electronics and Communication Engineering from India.

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Aileen Huang-Saad University of Michigan

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Aileen is faculty in Engineering Education and Biomedical Engineering. Previously, Aileen was the Associate Director for Academics in the Center for Entrepreneurship and was responsible for building the Program in Entrepreneurship for UM undergraduates, co-developing the masters level entrepreneurship program, and launching the biomedical engineering graduate design program. Aileen has received a number of awards for her teaching, including the Thomas M. Sawyer, Jr. Teaching Award, the UM ASEE Outstanding Professor Award and the Teaching with Sakai Innovation Award. Prior to joining the University of Michigan faculty, she worked in the private sector gaining experience in biotech, defense, and medical device testing at large companies and start-ups. Aileen’s current research areas include entrepreneurship engineering education, impact and engaged learning. Aileen has a Bachelor’s of Science in Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a Doctorate of Philosophy from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan Ross School of Business. Aileen is also a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Sigma Gamma.

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Julie Libarkin Michigan State University

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Dr. Libarkin is a Professor of Geoscience Education at Michigan State University in the Department of Earth and Environment Sciences and CREATE for STEM Institute for Research on Science and Mathematics Education. Currently, her research focuses on cognition, assessment of student learning, validity and reliability in research, curriculum and visual design, and discipline-based education research.

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Ricardo Cummings University of Michigan

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Ricardo Cummings is a first-year engineering student at University of Michigan. He has been working with Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad's group to conduct research in the area of engineering entrepreneurship education primarily on the subject of assessment of engineering entrepreneurship programs.

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Valentina Tafurt University of Michigan

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Valentina Tafurt is first-year engineering student at University of Michigan. She has been working with Dr. Aileen Huang-Saad's group to conduct research in the area of engineering entrepreneruship educaiton primarily on the subject of assessment of engineering entrepreneurship programs.

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Abstract

As entrepreneurship education has moved from traditional business schools into engineering programs, instruction itself has transformed from traditional approaches disseminating business content to more practice-oriented approaches targeting students’ professional development. Particularly, entrepreneurship training has been included in undergraduate engineering education to instill domain-general skills (such as innovativeness, creativity and communication) needed to meet the demands of competitive global market. In addition to technical knowledge, engineering students should also demonstrate the ability to identify new venture opportunities, commercialize technologies, and exhibit an understanding of market operations. Entrepreneurship education focuses on instilling these skills by exposing students to business content and entrepreneurial practice through engagement in project-based courses, pitch competitions and providing opportunities to interact with practicing entrepreneurs.

Over the last several years, many undergraduate engineering programs have incorporated entrepreneurship education into their curricula through formal coursework and other informal co-curricular programs. Although it is imperative to evaluate these programs to better inform entrepreneurship education practices, minimal attention has been devoted to assessment of entrepreneurship education programs. Furthermore, of the few existing studies, most have examined students’ perceptions of learning gains and affective responses such as entrepreneurial self-efficacy, mindset and attitude. In this study, we present an examination of students’ actual learning in an entrepreneurship practicum course at large research university. The course leverages widely used Lean Launch Curriculum and Business Model Canvas (BMC) to engage students in entrepreneurship in a project-based learning environment. In contrast with prior work that has primarily relied on students’ self-assessment of learning gains, we evaluated students’ entrepreneurial knowledge using pre/post open-ended surveys with questions examining students’ approaches to starting a new venture at different phases of development. Our findings provide evidence supporting the anticipated positive change in student learning outcomes, indicating that the students were able to understand and internalize the BMC concepts they were exposed to in the course.

Shekhar, P., & Huang-Saad, A., & Libarkin, J., & Cummings, R., & Tafurt, V. (2017, June), Assessment of Student Learning in an Entrepreneurship Practicum Course Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/27639

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