NSF - Nifty Assignments in Entrepreneurship Education - Open 2011

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NSF - Nifty Assignments in Entrepreneurship Education - Open 2011

  1. 1. Nifty Assignmentsin Entrepreneurship EducationNCIIA 2011<br />organized by<br />Clif Kussmaul & Trish Boyles<br />Muhlenberg College<br />
  2. 2. Every educator wants to find good materials to adopt or adapt.<br />Conference sessions describe programs, courses, and materials, often at a high level.<br />Colleagues describe individual experiences.<br />Good ideas may go unreported or lack sufficient detail.<br />
  3. 3. Nifty Assignments help us to share these ideas & experiences. <br />A great NA is:<br />easy to adopt & adapt<br />relevant in many settings<br />thought-provoking<br />fun for students & teachers<br />NA sessions are popular at other conferences,and NAs are archived online.<br />
  4. 4. This session seeks to share NAs & encourage more in the future.<br />8 Nifty Assignments 5 minutes each plus questions<br />spontaneous NAs from attendees<br />simple format:<br />title, keywords, author info, bullet points<br />please pass them to Clif or Trish<br />general discussion & more sharing<br />
  5. 5. Team Triangle Count<br />team dynamics, decision making, problem solving<br />Clif Kussmaul clif@kussmaul.org Muhlenberg College(from Carol Wellington @ Shippensburg Univ.)<br />Student teams spend 5-10 minutes counting the triangles in a complex figure.<br />Teams consider team roles & strategies.<br />Teams report conclusions to class & discuss.<br />
  6. 6. Team Triangle Count<br />
  7. 7. Golden Rolodex<br />networking<br />Michael Lehman mslehman@katz.pitt.eduUniversity of Pittsburgh<br />Each student picks 5 people they don’t know.<br />engineering, law, health sci, industry, etc.<br />Interview each person face-to-face.<br />Write 2 page reflection paper.<br />
  8. 8. Shooting Video to Discover Unmet Needs<br />perception, opportunity recognition, customer needs analysis<br />Jonathan Weaver weaverjm@udmercy.edu Univ of Detroit, Mercy, Mech Eng Dept<br />Show selective attention video (next slide).<br />Each student compiles a 10 minute video of people in typical activities.<br />Identify & list unmet needs or opportunities.<br />Share videos with class to identify more.<br />
  9. 9. Shooting Video to Discover Unmet Needs<br />
  10. 10. Just Do It: Accelerated Startup Exercise<br />teamwork, opportunity identification, action-orientation, bootstrapping<br />Trish Boyles tboyles@muhlenberg.eduMuhlenberg College<br />Students teams develop, launch, & operatea startup idea with minimal funding (<$5).<br />Summary presentation one week later onidea, process, obstacles, lessons learned.<br />
  11. 11. Back of the Envelope Calculation<br />technical calculation, approximation<br />Susannah Howe showe@smith.edu Smith College<br />Each student gets an envelopeand uses it to make a rough calculation,often very early in a project.<br />
  12. 12. The Melting Pot<br />brainstorming, creativity<br />Michael Lehman mslehman@katz.pitt.eduUniversity of Pittsburgh<br />Each student lists 5 things they like to do.<br />Teams of 3 combine 1 idea from each listand blend them to form a business idea.<br />Teams share their idea with the class.<br />Teams define target market, competitive advantage, business name, & logo.<br />
  13. 13. DeBono’s 6 Hats: Innovating on the Common Water Bottle<br />idea/concept generation, parallel thinking, team dynamics <br />Jonathan Weaver & Darrell Kleinkeweaverjm@udmercy.edu Univ of Detroit, Mercy, Mech Eng Dept<br />Instructor introduces DeBono’s 6 Thinking Hats (next slide).<br />Student teams practice each hat to identify innovations related to water bottles.<br />
  14. 14. DeBono’s 6 Hats: Innovating on the Common Water Bottle<br /> White hat Facts & Information<br /> Red hat Feelings & Emotions<br /> Black hat Caution<br /> Yellow hat Positive and Optimistic<br /> Green hat New Ideas<br /> Blue hat The Big Picture<br />
  15. 15. Transfer Map<br />transferable knowledge/attitudes/skills, professional development<br />Susannah Howe showe@smith.edu Smith College<br />Each student identifies & lists their own transferable knowledge/attitudes/skills.<br />Student teams aggregate the listsand make a visual map.<br />
  16. 16. Transfer Map<br />
  17. 17. Other Nifty Assignments?<br />
  18. 18. Newspaper Challenge<br />teamwork, opportunity recog, skill recog<br />Frances Mitchell, Innovation Academy, TCD/UCD<br />Give newpaper to mixed discipline teams.<br />Use contents of pockets/bags to create valuefrom something in the newspaper.<br />Present result at end of day.<br />
  19. 19. Reframe the Problem<br />redesign<br />Tina Seelig, Stanford Univ.<br />Students walk around finding problems.<br />Analyze & redesign nametags.<br />What are the real goals? <br />Reframe problem, prototype.<br />(see also Wallet Project)<br />
  20. 20. Elevator Pitch<br />communication, networking, marketing<br />Dean Chang, Univ of MD<br />1-2 min elevator pitch about yourself<br />basic info, e’ship experience, unique features<br />Watch recording of yourself<br />3 good things, 3 improvements, 1 borrowed idea<br />Record yourself on cell phone<br />

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