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We developed a survey to measure student’s confidence levels associated with each KEEN Student Outcome (KSO) from the chart on the previous post. The content of the survey is contained in the PDF link here: KEENsurvey
The results of the survey are summarized in the accompanying graph. Notice that the blue bars record the class averages for all students from the survey taken on March 13, 2014 (the 2nd week of class). The red bars record the class averages for the same survey of all students taken on May 13, 2014 (the last week of class). The results are encouraging. IN EVERY OUTCOME MEASURED, STUDENT CONFIDENCE LEVELS ROSE SIGNIFICANTLY. This indicates that it is possible, in one course, to improve all student outcomes on entrepreneurship at once!
One of the challenges in higher education today is teaching entrepreneurship (E-ship) to engineering students. At Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE) we’ve created a Smart Product Development (SPD) course modeled after a Smart Product Design (SPD) course at Santa Clara Univ. The course teams engineering students (Electrical, Mechanical, Computer and Software) with business students to develop an intelligent product (i.e. embeds a microcontroller) that solves a customer’s problem and create a viable business model for a startup organization.
The outcomes that we wanted students to demonstrate are summarized by the chart (above) from the Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN, 2013). Circled in blue are the KEEN outcomes (k) that we measured in a survey of our students. We developed a survey to measure student’s confidence levels associated with each KEEN Student Outcome (KSO) from the chart on the previous post. The content of the survey is contained in the following PDF link: KEENsurvey