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Work in Progress: Investigating the Role of Entrepreneurial-minded Learning (EML) in Enhancing Student Learning for a Freshman Engineering Course

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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Electrical and Computer Division Technical Session 6

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Chandana P. Tamma Marquette University

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Chandana P. Tamma received her PhD in Electrical Engineering (2009) from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy. NY. She is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Marquette University, Milwaukee. WI.

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Matthew Curran Marquette University

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Matt Curran supports efforts related to KEEN's Entrepreneurial Mindset at Marquette University as a KEEN Project Associate in the Opus College of Engineering.

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The main objective of the work presented in this paper is to investigate if technical engineering content can be effectively delivered and enhanced using Entrepreneurial Minded Learning (EML) in conjunction with Project based learning (PBL) for Freshmen engineering students. Existing research already shows that PBL is a powerful student centric model of active learning. With EML, the existing content is adapted to imbue the 3 C’s of Entrepreneurial Mindset (EM) which are curiosity, connections, and value creation. This student-centered pedagogical approach presents the students the opportunity to not just master technical content but also to identify opportunities, integrate knowledge and create value for themselves and others. This paper discusses the results of a concurrent investigation on the effect of incorporating EML into the 9-week, group-based, customer-focused, and open-ended game design project in a Freshmen level programming course in the Electrical and Computer Engineering curriculum. The course was first taught with the new project model in Spring 2020 but due to COVID-19, certain aspects of the project were not implemented. Based on the student responses to the project reflection survey, the student teams indicated that their attention was heavily focused on learning the programming content. While this was a validation that technical content can be delivered effectively and even enhanced using EML approach, it seemed that some student teams missed the mark on certain learning objectives in certain project deliverables which indicate that the guidelines and rubrics need to be modified to improve their mapping to the learning objectives. The course will be taught again in Spring 2021 with applicable changes made to the guidelines and rubrics for the project deliverables based on the knowledge acquired from the initial implementation in Spring 2020. The results from the Spring 2021 implementation will be compared with the data collected in Spring 2020 and analyzed to assess the role of EML as an effective pedagogical approach to enhance learning for Freshmen engineering students.

Tamma, C. P., & Curran, M. (2021, July), Work in Progress: Investigating the Role of Entrepreneurial-minded Learning (EML) in Enhancing Student Learning for a Freshman Engineering Course Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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