July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Faculty Development Division
Many higher education institutions have begun promoting an entrepreneurial mindset (EM) in students and integrating entrepreneurship elements in engineering education. Various approaches, including curricular, extra-curricular and co-curricular initiatives, are being used to transform the education offered at these institutions. However, in order for this transformation to be sustained and broadened, efforts must target faculty as well as students. Helping faculty to embrace entrepreneurial minded learning (EML) and equipping them with relevant tools and resources will ensure true transformation and long-term success. At the University of New Haven, our efforts started with implementing an innovative curricular model designed to develop an entrepreneurial mindset in students and establishing initiatives to provide students other forms of engagement opportunities. The curricular model involved the development and integration of e-learning modules — targeting various entrepreneurial concepts and skills — into courses spanning all four years of all engineering and computer science programs. Innovation and pitch competitions, participation in the University Innovation Fellows program, and an entrepreneurial engineering living learning community were primary extra-curricular components. Faculty development opportunities were provided as part of these initiatives including training for effectively integrating the e-learning modules into courses, participation in workshops and conferences with a focus on entrepreneurial education, and involvement in organizing and facilitating student activities. While a significant number of our engineering and computer science faculty participated in these development opportunities, in general their enthusiasm related to entrepreneurial minded learning (EML) was not strong enough to sustain and further broaden EML within the college. Therefore, we implemented a faculty development program aimed at fostering EM champions from different engineering and computer science disciplines, as well as a mini-grant program to stimulate faculty to independently integrate EML into their courses. In this paper, we present these efforts, describe the program components, and report on findings. Sample products resulting from the faculty development efforts are also provided.
Erdil, N. O., & Harichandran, R. S., & Carnasciali, M., & Nocito-Gobel, J., & Nossoni, G., & Hadnagy, E., & Levert, J. A., & Zhao, J. (2021, July), Faculty Development Aimed at Sustaining and Enhancing Entrepreneurial-minded Learning Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. https://peer.asee.org/37177
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