Learning by Doing: Perspectives on   Experiential Learning in the   Entrepreneurship Classroom       Steven Tello, Ed.D., ...
Teaching Entrepreneurship“The entrepreneurial mystique? It’s not magic, it’s not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with...
Teaching Entrepreneurship• Management education typically focuses on  the best, or most effective way to operate  within e...
Experiential Education• “The process whereby knowledge is created  through the transformation of experience.  Knowledge re...
Approaches to Experiential        Education in Entrepreneurship• Business plans    –(Hills, 1988; Vesper and McMullan, 198...
Manning School of Business              UMassLowell•   AACSB Accredited Business Program•   Undergraduate Entrepreneurship...
New Curriculum• MS in Innovation & Tech Entrepreneurship
New Partners• Merrimack Valley Sandbox  – Deshpande Foundation Grant  – Focus on Merrimack Valley    Entrepreneurship Ecos...
Work Together on Projects• Campus Medical Device Incubator• Supports Medical Device Start-ups• Engineering Prototype Suppo...
Learning Opportunities for              Students• Business Assessment of Med Device Start-ups  –   3-6 page summary of Bus...
Learning Opportunities for                 Students• ECE Assistive Technology Capstone  Engineering students work  with Pe...
Graduate Perspective• Holly Butler  – MS in Innovation & Technological Entre.  – MLSC Intern Challenge    5G Medical Devic...
Graduate Perspective• Why do you participate in these “Real  World” Projects?• What are the benefits?• What are the challe...
Undergraduate Perspective       • David Harrington, Erin         Webster         – Computer & Electrical           Enginee...
Undergraduate Perspective• Why do you participate in these “Real  World” Projects?• What is the benefit?• What are the cha...
Whiteboard Benefits “You see how school concepts apply in the workplace” “You don’t know what you really need to do, until...
Benefits• Immediate application of classroom knowledge to the  work world• The development of competencies and experience ...
Whiteboard Challenges“Takes student time, lots of time!”“Takes my time as well (faculty time)”   – to arrange real world p...
Challenges• Student Skills Required   – Research: finding credible market and product data   – Analytical: ability to dete...
Future Directions –Culture of Entrepreneurship• Entrepreneurship Minor  – Mix Science, Engineering & Business Students  – ...
Thank You• Steven Tello, Ed. D.  Associate Professor  Management & Entrepreneurship  College of Management, UMass Lowell A...
Student Perspectives• “ The collaborative efforts between this class and M2D2 have  allowed me, as a student, the opportun...
Student Perspectives•“The project with M3 Medical …gave me the opportunity towork on corporate assessment and strategy in ...
Student Perspectives• "As team leader of a geographically distributed M2D2 project  team, I have gained the confidence tha...
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NCIIA 2012: Learning By Doing: Perspectives on Experiential Learning in the Entrepreneurship Classroom

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Student Panel Presentation at 2012 National Collegiate Innovator and Inventors Conference in San Francisco, CA.

Examines student perspectives of the "Learning by Doing" education process.

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  • NCIIA 2012: Learning By Doing: Perspectives on Experiential Learning in the Entrepreneurship Classroom

    1. 1. Learning by Doing: Perspectives on Experiential Learning in the Entrepreneurship Classroom Steven Tello, Ed.D., Assoc. Professor Holly Butler, MS ITE Erin Webster, BS, CEE David Harrington, BS, CEE
    2. 2. Teaching Entrepreneurship“The entrepreneurial mystique? It’s not magic, it’s not mysterious, and it has nothing to do with the genes. It’s a discipline. And, like any discipline, it can be learned” - Peter Drucker, 1985
    3. 3. Teaching Entrepreneurship• Management education typically focuses on the best, or most effective way to operate within existing organizations.• Entrepreneurship education is distinctive in its focus on realization of opportunity and the creation of new organizations.• Our goal is to teach students how to recognize and develop opportunities.
    4. 4. Experiential Education• “The process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience. Knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience”• - Kolb, 1984• Experiential Learning serves as an excellent vehicle for transferring entrepreneurial skills
    5. 5. Approaches to Experiential Education in Entrepreneurship• Business plans –(Hills, 1988; Vesper and McMullan, 1988; Preshing, 1991; Gartner and Vesper, 1994; Gormal et al., 1997)• Student business start-ups –(Hills, 1988; Truell et al.)• Consultation with entrepreneurs (Mentor Model) –(Solomon et al., 1994; Klatt, 1988)• Computer simulations –(Brawer, 1997)• Real time cases –(Thoreaux, 2005)
    6. 6. Manning School of Business UMassLowell• AACSB Accredited Business Program• Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Conc.• MS in Innovation & Technological Entrepreneurship• Leverage the Business, Engineering and Science strengths of UMass Lowell• But how?
    7. 7. New Curriculum• MS in Innovation & Tech Entrepreneurship
    8. 8. New Partners• Merrimack Valley Sandbox – Deshpande Foundation Grant – Focus on Merrimack Valley Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Campus/Community Catalyst• International Experiences – Bilkent University, Technology Entrepreneurship – Dublin City University, NUI Galway, Queens
    9. 9. Work Together on Projects• Campus Medical Device Incubator• Supports Medical Device Start-ups• Engineering Prototype Support, Clinical Trial Support & Business Development• Learning opportunities for Business, Engineering, Life Science & Health Care Students
    10. 10. Learning Opportunities for Students• Business Assessment of Med Device Start-ups – 3-6 page summary of Business Opportunity – Integrated into UG/G coursework – Review by M2D2 Executive Board, 15 to date – Factors into Inventor-Funding Decisions• Venture Project – Explores application of University IP to solve problems with commercial potential – Mixes Business, Science & Engineering Students – Integrated into UG/GRAD coursework – 10 page Venture Prospectus, Rocket Pitch & Venture Poster
    11. 11. Learning Opportunities for Students• ECE Assistive Technology Capstone Engineering students work with Person w/a disability to increase independence• Internship Opportunities in Startups –MA Life Science Internship Challenge –Alumni sponsorship
    12. 12. Graduate Perspective• Holly Butler – MS in Innovation & Technological Entre. – MLSC Intern Challenge 5G Medical Device Startup – M2D2 Research Assistant – In class projects with real companies
    13. 13. Graduate Perspective• Why do you participate in these “Real World” Projects?• What are the benefits?• What are the challenges?
    14. 14. Undergraduate Perspective • David Harrington, Erin Webster – Computer & Electrical Engineering juniors – Inventors, World Travelers – Assistive Technology Capstone – Assistive Technology Center
    15. 15. Undergraduate Perspective• Why do you participate in these “Real World” Projects?• What is the benefit?• What are the challenges?
    16. 16. Whiteboard Benefits “You see how school concepts apply in the workplace” “You don’t know what you really need to do, until you do it” “I learn & retain more” “The book only teaches so much” “I increased my level of comfort with technical tools by using them in a start-up” “Isn’t this common sense”?
    17. 17. Benefits• Immediate application of classroom knowledge to the work world• The development of competencies and experience related to career goals and major• The exploration of career goals with professionals in the field• Build resume with practical employment experience• Take responsibility for your own learning, create a more rewarding college experience (MLSC Internship)• Establish a network of professional contacts, mentors and references for after graduation
    18. 18. Whiteboard Challenges“Takes student time, lots of time!”“Takes my time as well (faculty time)” – to arrange real world projects – to integrate into course work“Projects don’t always sync with course schedules”“Courses (and Professors) must be updated w/the latesttechnology”“The technology part can challenge Business Students”“How do you assess our work?”
    19. 19. Challenges• Student Skills Required – Research: finding credible market and product data – Analytical: ability to determine usefulness of data – Conceptual: assess business opportunity based on data• Selecting Appropriate Projects – Real World Projects may not match curriculum• Skills vs. Expectations – Quality of student work varies, while the business professionals expect first quality work• Teams & Virtual Teams – While important for business students to learn, a challenge to manage (for students & instructor)
    20. 20. Future Directions –Culture of Entrepreneurship• Entrepreneurship Minor – Mix Science, Engineering & Business Students – Entrepreneurship GenEd course• Deshpande Forum on Innovation & Entrepreneurship (April 26, 27) • 15 national leaders in campus innovation • Expose campus to opportunities
    21. 21. Thank You• Steven Tello, Ed. D. Associate Professor Management & Entrepreneurship College of Management, UMass Lowell Associate Director M2D2, UMass Lowell Steven_Tello@uml.edu
    22. 22. Student Perspectives• “ The collaborative efforts between this class and M2D2 have allowed me, as a student, the opportunity to step beyond theory and case study and experience a real-world situation unlike anything taught in my prior classes.” MBA Student.
    23. 23. Student Perspectives•“The project with M3 Medical …gave me the opportunity towork on corporate assessment and strategy in a manner which Ihave not previously been engaged, this was a professionallyrewarding project. “ MBA Student
    24. 24. Student Perspectives• "As team leader of a geographically distributed M2D2 project team, I have gained the confidence that is necessary to manage a distributed team in the business world.” ENT Undergraduate

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