This is Part 3 in a multi-part blog on ‘Making an Entrepreneurial University: The Case of Plymouth State University.’ Parts 1 & 2 are here.
In Part 1, we recounted the history of Plymouth State University and outlined its innovative and novel learning model. We saw that structural problems forced the University to launch an audacious experiment, a university-wide Learning Model based around Innovation & Entrepreneurship.
Part 2 examined PSU’s opportunity to become a more enterprising institution Entrepreneurship education is becoming university-wide, drawing on cross-disciplinary programmes with diverse missions, rather than existing simply as a subspecialty in business programmes.
In Part 3, we see how the ‘Enterprising Mind-Set’ and ‘Design Habit of Mind’ can accelerate the institution’s transformation into an Entrepreneurial University.
Purpose—The purpose is to discuss the implementation of a design-driven ‘enterprise education’ program within two contexts: (1) a novel learning model emphasising innovation and entrepreneurship within an American regional comprehensive university; (2) a novel learning structure eliminating departments, school, and colleges in favour of a cross-disciplinary approach—in favour of an Integrated Cluster model.
Methodology/approach—The paper describes a novel entrepreneurship education learning model
called Transformative Innovation & Design Entrepreneurship (TIDE). This
singular case study reviews best practices in entrepreneurship education and
proposes a course of study specific to an Integrated Cluster learning model. It
focuses on the history and context of the case institution and concludes with a
discussion of the problematics of implementing such a programme.… Read the rest
This is an excellent article about how DESIGN THINKING can also be used to rethink education, even entire social systems. Of immediate concern to us teachers, Michael Schein discusses reimagining educational assessments. He excoriates us because most of our assessments these days are testing stuff you can find on Google. Yet we instructors face a dilemma: ‘My students may need this knowledge but someone out there is going to snatch my lessons out of my hands’. Design thinking applies creativity to come up with novel solutions to tough problems. Students learn to identify opportunities and practice design thinking to construct ‘minimum viable products.’ Venture start-up follows when design thinking leads to marketable solutions.… Read the rest