Open 2013: A Virtual Incubator to Promote Information Technology Innovations
A Virtual Incubator to Promote Information Technology InnovationsAbdullah Konak Sadan Kulturel-Konak Penn State Berks Reading, PA
Penn State Berks 2,800 undergraduate students with about 800 of them reside on campus 15 baccalaureate degrees and first two years of 160 Penn State degrees Entrepreneurship Minor (E-Ship) since Fall 2009 Two NCIIA grants Virtual Incubator @ Berks
E-Ship Minor Learning Objectives Demonstrate communication skills (verbal, non- verbal, and written skills) needed to share innovative product/ideas. Identify opportunity including seeing market possibilities and the product/idea from a customer’s perspective. Define and solve problems. Work in a team environment. Demonstrate appropriate critical thinking skills requisite in an entrepreneurship environment. Demonstrate ability to be an “ambidextrous thinker”, Virtual Incubator @ Berks one who can appropriately blend rigor with creativity.
Motivations We assume that students have the technical knowledge and skills and try to provide them with Entrepreneurship knowledge and skills. New ideas, KnowledgeEngineering & Skills Seizing opportunities New Technology Ventures Programs Innovative thinking Business skills Entrepreneurship Leadership Education & Programs Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Challenges in IT Education &Innovations Strict IT policies on campus computers Lack of secure computing environments to test critical tasks Challenges to dedicate specialty computer labs to the exclusive use of E-teams for extended periods of time Projects limited to a semester time frame Limited access to specialty software and operating systems A steep-learning curve Virtual Incubator @ Berks
A Solution: Virtual Computers Virtual computers are software emulators of fully functional operating systems (OS). Multiple OS can be simultaneously run on a single host. Virtual PC1 Virtual PC2 Virtual PC2 (LINUX) (Windows XP) (WS 2003) Host (Lab Computer) Virtual Network ` Virtual Machine Software Virtual Incubator @ Berks
The Collaborative Virtual ComputerLabratory (CVCLAB)- Penn State Berks The CVCLAB aims to provide students with an open learning environment in which they can experiment with high risk operations without any concern. http://ist.bk.psu.edu/cvclab Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Virtual Incubator @ Berks (VIB) Virtual IT resources dedicated to the exclusive use of E-Teams over extended time periods to prototype their IT-based innovation ideas. Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Objectives Instill entrepreneurship spirit into IT students Shorten the lead time from idea to prototype Pre-configured computers Software repository Tutorials Engage entrepreneurship students in local business and community needs for economic development Business and community partnerships Internships Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Target Technologies Distributed object computing with an emphasis on database and web applications Application development for mobile devices Open source technologies Data mining (Big Data) Virtual Incubator @ Berks
An Example LMC Software Solutions, Inc. Innovative Product: A Development and Operations Platform Needed to test their products on various operating systems, Solaris, Windows Server, and Linux Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Challenges Rapid changes in IT Creating policies that make both our students and IT happy Recruitment Competitions Integration into classes Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Experiential Learning Model Claim: Activities designed as step-by-step instructions that guide students through challenging tasks do not achieve complete learning. Research Question: What are the best pedagogies to design hands-on activities for virtual computer laboratories? Virtual Increased Computer Student Activities Learning and Laboratories Motivation Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Research Plan & Experimental Setup Control Treatment (Kolb’s Model) Class Treatment Control IST 110-I 19 IST 110-II 15 IST 110-III 19 IST 110-IV 17 MIS 204 5 IST 220-I 12 IST 220-II 7 Total 44 50 Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Results The Smaller, The Better Virtual Incubator @ Berks
Discussions We can foster more comprehensive learning by including all stages of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle in hands-on activities. Design activities based on an inquiry-based framework rather than a cookbook methodology. Virtual Incubator @ Berks
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