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  • Enhancing Student Engagement Through Creative Design, Entrepreneurial Thinking, and Project-Based Learning Richard K. Miller, President Needham, MA 02492 Global Human Resources Forum 2009 Creative Education for All Seoul, Korea November 3-5, 2009
  • How Does the U.S. Compare With the Rest of the World? 25.0 % UG Degrees in Science or Engineering 20.0 15.0 Natural Sciences Engineering 10.0 5.0 0.0 Asia Europe United States Source: NSF Science and Engineering Indicators 2008
  • The Need for Change in Engineering Education • Thomas L. Friedman, The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century • Council on Competitiveness, National Innovation Initiative • National Academy of Engineering, Rising Above the Gathering Storm • National Academy of Engineering, Educating the Engineer of 2020 • Teamwork, communication, creativity, leadership, entrepreneurial thinking, ethical reasoning, global contextual analysis
  • Conclusions: Attitudes and Behaviors, Not Just Knowledge! • Solid preparation in Science and Math remains essential (nanotechnology, biotechnology, etc.) • But Attitudes and Behaviors are also important (maybe critical?) • Entrepreneurial thinking • Teamwork and Leadership • Creativity and Innovation • Learning How to Learn is Key • Creativity may become more important than knowledge • Interdisciplinary Thinking is critical for Grand Challenges • Global Context and Ethical Reasoning needed for societal problems
  • How Can We Increase Creativity? Definitions: Creativity • Process of having original ideas and insights Inventiveness • Process of having original ideas and insights that have value Innovation • Process of having original ideas and insights that have value, then implementing them so they touch many lives and make a positive difference in the world Engineering Innovators: Creative engineers who think and act as entrepreneurs
  • Disciplinary Education and Innovation INNOVATION VIABILITY FEASIBILITY DESIRABILITY
  • Creativity GOOGLE: Sir Ken Robinson (TED 2006)
  • Multiple Intelligences: Howard Gardner, Frames of Mind (1983) • All people have at least 7 “intelligences” • Linguistic Academic Intelligence (IQ, SAT, etc.) • Logical/mathematical • Spatial • Bodily-kinesthetic Artistic Intelligence • Musical • Interpersonal Persuasion, Management • Intrapersonal
  • Olin College Overview • Undergraduate residential engineering education • Total enrollment of about 300 • BS degrees in ECE, ME, Engr • 9-to-1 student/faculty ratio • Founded in 1997, first graduates in 2006 • 75 acres and 400,000+ sq. ft. new buildings • Endowment ~ $350 million • Research expenditures ~ $1 million/yr • Adjacent to Babson College, Wellesley College • No academic departments • No tenure • Low tuition • Continuous improvement
  • Olin College Campus Needham, MA
  • Olin College Overview Olin College Where Do Olin Students Come From?
  • Blurring Boundaries VIABILITY FEASIBILITY Olin College: DESIRABILITY • No departments • Engineering • Design • Entrepreneurship
  • Some Features of the Olin Curriculum • Candidates’ Weekend: interviews required for admission • Required DESIGN core • Team design projects in 6+ semesters • SCOPE senior project: corporate sponsored, year-long ($50k/project) • EXPO at end of each semester: “stand and deliver” • Integrated Course Blocks in Science, Math, and Engineering • Study Away in Junior year • Summer internships: REU and corporate experience • Business and entrepreneurship: all students must start and run a business for a semester • Nine competencies across all four years: quantitative analysis, qualitative analysis, teamwork, communication, life-long learning, context, design, diagnosis, opportunity assessment • Continuous improvement: expiration date on curriculum • BUT, the learning culture is far more important than the curriculum!
  • Expanded Design Spectrum at Olin College
  • Design at Olin College: Sophomore Year “User Oriented Design”
  • Design at Olin College: Senior Year External Company • Student planned, managed and executed projects. Company • Dedicated faculty member oversight. Liaison • Standing technical expert advisor group. Officer • Dedicated company liaison/contact. • External assessment at SCOPE Expo Student Student Faculty SCOPE Budget Project Coordinator Advisor Program Coordinator Office Angel Faculty Advisor Student Technical Student Technical Safety&Ethics Lead Teammate Lead External Coordinator Expert SCOPE Technical Advisory Student Student Advisor Group Board Teammate Teammate SCOPE Team SCOPE Project Organization
  • Design at Olin College: Senior Year Scope Project Sponsors
  • Entrepreneurship at Olin College: Sophomore Year Foundations of Business and Entrepreneurship: • every student must start and run a business Babson College: • ranked #1 in Entrepreneurship every year
  • Beyond The Curriculum Chuck Vest (NAE): “Making universities and engineering schools exciting, creative, adventurous, rigorous, demanding, and empowering milieus is more important than specifying curricular details” Attitudes and Behaviors • “Can Do” • Teamwork • Core Values and Ethics Motivations • An insatiable appetite for learning and innovation • “Rage to ‘master’ ” • adaptive, independent, life-long learners • Passion to Make a Positive Difference in the World
  • Student Engagement and Learning Outcomes • Educational research shows that the more students are enthusiastic and engaged in their studies, the more they learn, and the more they want to continue learning. (G. Kuh, E. Pascarella, A. Astin, etc.) • National Survey of Student Engagement (Indiana University) • More than 770 universities and 500,000 students in the US • Five major areas: 1. Level of Academic Challenge 2. Active and Collaborative Learning 3. Student-Faculty Interaction 4. Enriching Educational Experiences 5. Supportive Campus Environment Results for Olin College exceed 90%-ile level in 9 of 10 metrics
  • Student Engagement Results for Olin College Fisrt-year Student Engagement 1.6 Mean Score (in Std Dev from NSSE Mean) 1.4 1.2 1 0.8 Olin College 0.6 Engineering Liberal Arts 0.4 NSSE 2009 0.2 0 -0.2 Level of Academic Active and Student-Faculty Enriching Supportive Campus Challenge Collaborative Interaction Educational Environment Learning Experiences
  • Student Engagement Results for Olin College Senior-year Student Engagement 1.6 Mean Score (in Std Dev from NSSE Mean) 1.4 1.2 1 0.8 Olin College 0.6 Engineering Liberal Arts 0.4 NSSE 2009 0.2 0 -0.2 Level of Academic Active and Student-Faculty Enriching Supportive Challenge Collaborative Interaction Educational Campus Learning Experiences Environment