New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Entrepreneurship & Engineering Innovation
Over the last three years, we have developed 5 elective courses called IDEAS studios to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in our students. The IDEAS studios focus on practical engagement with topics that include opportunity recognition, customer engagement, design thinking, ideation, fabrication, and scaling. In designing the IDEAS studio courses, we have recognized 7 characteristics that we suspect facilitate student growth in non-cognitive attributes related to an entrepreneurial mindset. The non-cognitive attributes include curiosity, intrinsic motivation, persistence, and a growth mindset. In this paper we describe these 7 characteristics, their specific implementation, and why we believe they have an influence on an entrepreneurial mindset. The 7 characteristics are briefly described here.
• Each IDEAS studio is voluntary. All students enrolled in the IDEAS studios have elected to be in the course, and for most students, the course does not contribute to degree requirements outside of serving as a free elective.
• Most IDEAS studios result in a physical artifact. The artifacts are typically still in rough form and a pedagogical emphasis is placed on “prototyping-to-think.”
• Students in IDEAS studios are motivated by a real problem. Many times the problems are provided by industrial sponsors, but there is also space for independent student ideas developed from recognized opportunities.
• Students apply broad perspectives to their work. In addition to the technical feasibility of their ideas, students must explore social impact, value, market viability, and others.
• Students are encouraged to utilize an open process to their work. In many cases, students explore the process as an outcome for the course, and it is made clear to students that neither the resulting solutions nor the process are deterministic.
• IDEAS studios are open to all disciplines in engineering, and some cases, to all majors throughout the University. The mix of students working together is interdisciplinary.
• The number of students in the IDEAS studios is small. In most cases, enrollment is limited to 16 students.
We conducted a pilot assessment study to determine the effect of these courses and the 7 characteristics on intrinsic motivation and curiosity. We provide brief results of the study in this paper, which show that the IDEAS courses positively affect both curiosity and intrinsic motivation.
Kim, C., & Cheville, R. A., & Jablonski, E., & Prince, M. J., & Nottis, K. E. K., & Siegel, N. P., & Vigeant, M. A., & Tranquillo, J. (2016, June), Instilling an Entrepreneurial Mindset through IDEAS Studio Courses Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25739
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