Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
The College of Engineering (CoE) is using the Kern Entrepreneurship Education Network (KEEN) model to develop an entrepreneurial mindset while meeting technical objectives in a digital communication course. KEEN encourages the entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students through a collaboration among over 30 colleges and universities across the United States. KEEN offers a number of resources to individual engineering faculty and through the KEEN’s network of institutions, the resources include various grants and conferences and workshops for faculty.
The authors attended one such workshop called the Integrating Curriculum with Entrepreneurial-Mindset (ICE) Workshop, developed by Lawrence Tech and Saint Louis University through support from KEEN. The objective of this workshop is to help engineering faculty understand innovative teaching strategies such as active and collaborative learning (ACL), project/problem based learning (PBL) and entrepreneurially-minded learning (EML). Through the ICE Workshop, cohort groups were formed to help develop EML content for the course to be integrated into an existing engineering course. The paper describes several EML activities developed following the workshop in a digital communication systems course. Technical objectives of the digital communication course remain the same. What change is the addition of EML outcomes and activities using the KEEN framework. One of the deliverables is a research project in which the student originally pick a topic related to the course and makes a class presentation and a written report. Since most students usually do their research in a week before the research project is due, the research project was modified as described below.
Several EML activities are given in preparation of their newly modified research project and report. Students are asked to consume multimedia material of the following discussion topics covered in six of the eleven weeks: Internet of Things, Light Fidelity (LiFi), Deep Learning/Artificial Intelligence, Smart Everything (Smart Cities, Smart/Driverless Cars, etc.), Bitcoin/Block Chain Technology, and 5G and Enabling Technologies. For each week, each student must summarize their findings in a discussion board for the assigned topic and make at least one connection of a concept studied in class or in a previous communication class. Their discussion must also include either a business opportunity/business model, economic/social implication. Each student was asked to develop a discussion question. Each week, one to two students are randomly selected to lead a 10-15 minute discussion for the next lesson.
The research project and presentation involves an angel investor of communication technologies giving the student’s company $500 million to realize 5G and its applications (the six discussion topics plus one additional topic) over the next five years. The student is the lead engineer. The research project must: (1) describe some key limitations and lessons learned of past communication systems, (2) identify the operating frequencies of previous and proposed frequencies for communication systems, (3) identify market interests, customer value, economic value and societal benefits and (4) prioritize and allocate monetary costs for the applications/technologies. If appropriate, assess any policy and regulatory issues. The students’ perception of their EML learning will be captured through student end-of-course feedback.
Santiago, J. M., & Guo, J. (2018, June), Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset Using the KEEN Framework for a Digital Communication System Course Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30296
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