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Friday, March 22 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Course Development and Sequencing for Interdisciplinary Entrepreneurship Education

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An increasing number of programs are being developed to promote entrepreneurship skills among undergraduates. Often emphasis is placed on the necessary content, and course sequences are constructed to ensure that content is “covered” across the curriculum. But research on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education, as well as education in general, demonstrates that how teaching and learning occurs is as important as what is learned. In this paper, we offer such attention by exploring the integration of a dominant framework for business model development (Lean Launchpad) with frameworks for learning that emphasize the situated, social construction of knowledge; the role of mentors; and the need to work across disciplinary boundaries. By marrying business model development with intentional pedagogies grounded in Bruner’s spiral curriculum, Collins et al.’s framework for cognitive apprenticeship, and McNair et al.’s approach to interdisciplinarity in product development, we seek to enhance the development of technical innovation leaders.

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Cory Hixson

Graduate Student, Virginia Tech
Cory Hixson earned his BS in Engineering Science from Penn State University in 2007, graduating with honors. He is currently a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and is pursuing a Masters in Industrial and Systems Engineering and PhD in Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. Cory has experience as both a professional engineer and high school educator. It is this combination of experience that led him to Virginia Tech to pursue a doctoral degree in... Read More →

John "Jack" Lesko

Dr. John "Jack" Lesko is a Professor of Engineering Mechanics at Virginia Tech and currently serving as the Associate Dean for Research & Graduate Studies. Jack has 20+ years of design and analytical experience as a mechanical engineer, with backgrounds in physics, mechanics and system analysis. His research and education efforts have focused on emerging interdisciplinary design involving lightweight polymeric multifunctional materials... Read More →

Lisa McNair

Lisa D. McNair is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she also serves as Assistant Department Head of Graduate Education and co-Director of the VT Engineering Communication Center (VTECC). She received her PhD in Linguistics from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia. Her research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration, design education, communication studies... Read More →

Marie Paretti

Marie C. Paretti is an Associate Professor of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech, where she co-directs the Virginia Tech Engineering Communications Center (VTECC). Her research focuses on communication in engineering design, interdisciplinary communication and collaboration, design education, and gender in engineering. She was awarded a CAREER grant from NSF to study expert teaching practices in capstone design courses nationwide, and is... Read More →

Friday March 22, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Room 15

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