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This blog contains all breakout session presentations from the 6th annual conference, January 4-7, 2009 in Anaheim CA. Feel free to share this with colleagues, and post comments on the blog.

 

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Entrepreneurial Education: An Integrated Curricular Approach

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Entrepreneurial Education: An Integrated Curricular Approach

 

Guide Description:
The Integrated Business and Entrepreneurship Program at Spokane Community College is a cutting edge, interdisciplinary, immersion style approach to mentoring entrepreneurs through a yearlong process of learning in an integrated model. 

 

Full Description:

Traditional education approaches to entrepreneurship are examined and contrasted with an integrated model. Typical approaches to entrepreneurship education remain static using a common silo delivery method. Students are given limited choices of which classes to enroll in, times to enroll, and often, who will be instructing. This interjects a dysfunction into an otherwise systematic approach necessary for an entrepreneur to develop a business idea from discovery to launch. To breakdown the silo’s inherent in our educational systems, the faculty at Spokane Community College created an environment where a core of five instructors, various community leaders, and business persons collaborate to deliver content targeted to enhance and stimulate learning. Information delivered when information is needed is information that is used! We set the students on a yearlong path of entrepreneurial discovery and adventure that clarifies their understanding of the entrepreneurial process, business plan development, and launch of a civic based business with lasting personal and community impacts.
 

Greg Richards, Project Director, Spokane Community College, WA

Rick Street, MAcc, CPA, CIA, CB, Accounting Instructor and Small Business Owner, Spokane Community College, WA

Barbara Rielly, Business Technology – Legal Instructor, Spokane Community College, WA

Diana Osborne, Economics and Statistics Instructor, Spokane Community College, WA

Duane Sunwold, Hospitality Instructor, Spokane Community College, WA

Bill Powers, General Business Instructor and Small Business Owner, Spokane Community College, WA

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Credit-Free Certificates for Busy Adults: Matching Curriculum and Course Design to High Job-Demands in the Community

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Credit-Free Certificates for Busy Adults:  Matching Curriculum and Course Design to High Job-Demands in the Community

 

Guide Description:
Discover how a Maryland college evaluates the workforce needs of their community, internally designs or outsources short-term courses with high profits, markets effectively for high enrollments, partners with local government agencies for student funding, and collects FTEs from the state.  It's a win-win for continuing education, the student, the college, and the local economy.

 

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Career changers, retirees, former stay-at-home Moms and others are looking for short-term occupational training programs. What non-credit programs can you offer to this unique group of learners that will work with their busy schedules and provide them with focused training to enter a new career?

Discuss why a traditional credit program and schedule may not fit the needs of these learners and why non-credit programs can be a compliment to the school’s offerings rather than competition.

Find and create partnerships that allow you to add programs quickly to meet local demand.

Identify agencies that can provide funding for short-term career programs.

Assess the benefits to all parties in terms of workforce training for the local economy, short-term training for students and increased enrollments for the college.

 

Model programs will be identified, including: Pharmacy Technician; Wedding Planning Certification; Orthopedic Technician; Optometric Technician; Medical Transcription; and Personal Fitness Trainer Certification. Model partnerships with agencies include the Workforce Investment Board and Maryland Business Works. Interactive elements will include defining the adult learner and identifying their training needs and goals including schedule and timeframe preferences. Handouts will include Best Practices for Partnerships and marketing materials.
 

Elaine Wilson, Project Director Continuing Education & Workforce Training, Chesapeake College, MD

Jackie Potter, Executive Director of Continuing Education & Workforce Training, Chesapeake College, MD

Tags:  Curriculum 

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A Better Way to Integrate Entrepreneurial Objectives Into Your Curriculum

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
A Better Way to Integrate Entrepreneurial Objectives Into Your Curriculum

 

Guide Description:

Looking for curriculum that aligns with your learning objectives?  Don’t waste time sorting through a vast array of content, technologies, and providers. Take control of your content and revision cycles with customized curriculum and save your students up to 50 percent on the cost of textbooks in the process.

 

Full Description:
Curricula development and implementation has become a high wire act often performed without a net.  New technologies and increased access to content are providing faculty and program administrators a tremendous amount of choice. Everyone finds it difficult to balance time and cost against the quality of the student learning experience.  Customized curriculum provides a needed guide, producing better course materials, lower costs, and less work.

 

What is customized curriculum?  How can you assess your readiness for this transformation?  What types of value propositions can you create for students, faculty, and program administrators?

 

This session explores these critical questions and provides a guide for making the most of customization. Strategies and the “how to’s” of customized curriculum include:  keeping your content “evergreen,” aligning materials with course objectives (and not vice versa), and developing and profitably managing customization projects. 

 

Attendees will also discuss the current challenges faculty and program managers are facing in curricula development and implementation; the different approaches to customizing course materials including the pros and cons of each; how other institutions have successfully adopted customized curriculum; the publishing tools available; and how to take the information provided in this session and move forward with their institution.
 

Isaac Mowder, Director of Marketing, ED MAP, OH

Dr. Kenneth C. Sherman, VP Business Development, ED MAP, OH

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Authentic Activities for Engaging Online Entrepreneurship Students

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Authentic Activities for Engaging Online Entrepreneurship Students

 

Guide Description:  

Online learning presents a challenging context for design of authentic engaged learning. Participate in exploring the instructional design aspects of creating authentic activities for online entrepreneurship courses. In other words, this session seeks to help alleviate “new course design panic” and foster confidence in creating authentic activities for your online learners.

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Full Description:

In the past three years of designing and teaching courses at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) for our new A.A.S. Entrepreneurship Degree program and certificates there have been many design challenges for both day and distance delivery courses. The objective of this session is to dig deeper into actual components of a few courses in the program and share what type of assignments and activities are generating the most authentic learning for distance entrepreneurship students. Course syllabus, assignments, assessment strategies, student feedback data and other experiential knowledge will be shared to help add value to those who develop and teach new courses from scratch and/or use established curriculum modules from vetted vendors. This session will also provide a forum for discussion of issues such as: If the business plan submitted by a student is still quite rough does that mean they should fail the course? What do we really mean by entrepreneurship education effectiveness and how should it be measured? Is the only measure the immediate creation of a profitable new start up business? What kind of student data should be tracked? Should institutional program reviews be different for entrepreneurship programs?   As NACCE colleagues we can help each other immensely with our open conversations and sharing of both the successes and the misfires in working with the highly creative, independent and sometimes unpredictable entrepreneurship learner.
 

Belinda Kolb, Ph.D., ABD, Manager, Entrepreneurship Program, Laramie County Community College, WY

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The Design and Development of a Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Program

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

The Design and Development of a Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Program

 

Guide Description:

This presentation tells the story of a research based approach to program development. The newly designed Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate program provides targeted business information for creative professionals in the form of a series of short courses. Participants will receive a CD_ROM with course outlines.
 
Full Description:
Most creative professionals (writers, musicians and visual artists) will work as freelancers or small business owners during their careers. The New Media Center surveyed and interviewed 50 creative business owners in order to identify the most important, necessary skill sets for successful creative arts entrepreneurs.  The research also included the survey of 100 college and 50 high school students. The purpose of this secondary research was to identify and gauge student interest in the topic. Based on this information, a certificate program was developed - the first such systematic program design approach in this subject area within the California community college system.  The Creative Arts Entrepreneurship Certificate program provides highly targeted business information in salesmanship, marketing, finance, self-promotion as well as appropriate areas of the law, such as copyrights and patents.

 

The  presentation will provide statistical data along with detailed program and course content information.

This Adobe Flash based interactive, animated presentation will be particularly interesting for faculty and administrators working in creative disciplines , such as creative writing, music, animation, multimedia, graphic and web design, film/video and so on.  

 

All presentation participants will receive  a CD-ROM with  program description and course outlines.  The participants will also receive handouts identifying resources and appropriate literature.
 

Dr. Anna Szabados, Director, Northern California New Media Center, Mission College, CA

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Collaborating Across the Curriculum; Two Programs, One Goal—Student Success!

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Collaborating Across the Curriculum; Two Programs, One Goal—Student Success!

 

Guide Description:
Anne Arundel Community College faculty from the departments of business management and hotel restaurant management are collaborating in advancing students towards meeting their entrepreneurial goals.  In this presentation, they will share the critical thinking, experiential and project based learning assignments and opportunities provided to their students.  Additionally, they will provide insight on how the Entrepreneurial Studies and Hospitality, Culinary Arts and Tourism Institutes have collaborated in developing a certificate program for students interested in pursuing business opportunities.  

 

 

Full Description:

Faculty will present a brief history of the collaborative  efforts provided to students, including curriculum and course information, scholarship opportunities, business partnerships, business plan competitions, and “Best of Business” events.  Project based and experiential learning assignments will be reviewed as well as aspects of promoting critical thinking into the curriculum. 

 

Faculty in Hotel Restaurant Management provides students a variety of opportunities to establish documentation of opening a business.  Many of these assignments and projects become part of their business plan.  The critical thinking aspects of the assignments provide students with the necessary financial and managerial perspectives involved with developing a business plan.

 

Faculty will present the way service learning projects are incorporated into the Entrepreneurship curriculum. A team of faculty uses the talents of several different classes to work on large projects with local non-profit organizations. The students experience the power of identifying each of their individual strengths and making a contribution to the success while being given an opportunity to identify and work on their weaknesses as well.

 

ESI also participates in the college’s travel study program and provides scholarships used by students traveling to Europe and China. In May of 2007 students went to learn how to do business in the European Union and in May of 2008 participated in the Doing Business In China travel study course. A student’s video ( 6 min.)  of his learning experience will be shown to the attendees. A similar video of the travel study to China will also be available ( 8 Min.)

 

Serious students continue on through the Entrepreneurial Studies Institute curriculum and further develop and refine their goals, ultimately presenting their work to business partners for review.  Their work is then highlighted during a college wide “Best of Business” event. (8 min. video is available).

 

Business plan projects, networking opportunities, and other assignments geared towards moving students towards their entrepreneurial goals will be presented.

 

Faculty will share handouts outline project and assignment outcomes and assessment rubrics as well as the collaborative certificate program.  Additionally, student work will be on display.
 

Ken Jarvis, Associate Professor, CCE, CEC, CHE, Hotel Restaurant Management, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

Joyce Ezrow, Associate Professor, Entrepreneurial Studies Institute, Anne Arundel Community College, MD

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Testing the Waters – A Deliberate Approach to Entrepreneurism Curriculum Design

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Testing the Waters – A Deliberate Approach to Entrepreneurism Curriculum Design

 

Guide Description:

Developing a curriculum for Entrepreneurial Studies in an environment conscious of class size and enrollment is not for the faint of heart! This session outlines the journey of Entrepreneurism from buzzword of the day to curriculum research to the trial by fire known as curriculum committee. Learn how Jefferson Community College developed an Associate Degree emphasis in Entrepreneurism utilizing existing courses.

 

Full Description:  

Entrepreneurism is much more than the fad of the day. With the United States evolving to a service-oriented economy, tremendous opportunities exist for those possessing the personality and skills necessary to work for themselves. An equally exciting opportunity exists for those educational institutions that serve the grass roots of their communities. The Associate of Applied Business Degree with an Entrepreneurship emphasis allows today’s community college to engage the credit student who may desire a career as an entrepreneur.

 

The outline of the evolution of the Entrepreneurship program at Jefferson Community College in Steubenville, Ohio will be shared with participants. Included will be:

 

·         Program Rationale

·         Course Rationale

·         Catalogue Grids

·         Contribution of Assessment Activities

·         Cross-Curriculum Involvement

·         Advisory Committee Contributions

·         Winning at Curriculum Committee

·         Assessment Procedures

·         Strategies for Coexistence with the Non-Credit Community/Industrial Training Department

 

Additionally, participants will be invited to engage in a discussion to share best practices in curriculum development and to discuss the potential of entrepreneurship education.

 

Hand-outs provided will include program requirement grid worksheets, suggested timelines, and suggestions for utilizing existing courses.
 

Ken Knox, Ph.D., Program Director, Business Management, Jefferson Community College, OH

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Using the Champion Model to Embed Entrepreneurship at Your Campus

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008

Using the Champion Model to Embed Entrepreneurship at Your Campus

 

Guide Description:

New entrepreneurship programs can struggle to gain a foothold when other programs are in competition for enrollment.  By partnering with an entrepreneurship champion on campus, bold steps can be taken to integrate entrepreneurship into the curriculum.  The results can serve as a blueprint for integration with other programs across the curriculum.

 

Full Description:
 When Arizona Western College launched its Entrepreneurship program in the fall of 2006, it was a stand-alone certificate program, which had limited interest or awareness from across campus.  An internal scan quickly identified a potential partner in Sam Colton, the Professor of Welding and Coordinator of Construction and Applied Technology (CAAT) Institutes. Sam’s appreciation of the value of entrepreneurship to his students prompted him to make entrepreneurship courses a requirement of all degree or certificate seeking students in his program, regardless of whether they intended to pursue a business of their own.  Beyond the requirement of entrepreneurship courses for his students, Professor Colton models best practices integration of the entrepreneurial mindset in his classes. As a part of course requirements, students form a pseudo-business and complete all functions of a working metals fabrication shop as a part of their grade.

 

The partnership between the entrepreneurship and welding programs provided a working model and has resulted in the embedding of entrepreneurship courses in the degree and certificate requirements for other vocational programs including HVAC, culinary arts, nutrition, dietetics, computer graphics, electrical, carpentry, massage therapy, personal training, and others.
 

Shane Turner, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Arizona Western College, AZ 

Samuel Colton, Professor of Welding and Coordinator of Construction and Applied Technology (CAAT) Institutes, Arizona Western College, AZ

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Let’s Build Something Together: Social Entrepreneurship Throughout our Community Colleges

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Let’s Build Something Together:  Social Entrepreneurship Throughout our Community Colleges
 
Guide Description:
A “first-of-its-kind” social entrepreneurship website for our community colleges to successfully: increase awareness; network and contribute to one another’s program; attract contemporary-thinking students; provide experiential learning opportunities both within and outside the classroom; encourage student creativity, faculty freedoms, and meaningful community contributions. Extra seating made available.
 
Full Description:

The Maricopa Project is a “first-of-its-kind” social entrepreneurship website to be shared by every community college who wishes to provide creativity, initiative, and leadership opportunities for their students, faculty, and administration. This project is committed to developing students interested in becoming today’s educated leaders and empowers them to solve real community problems. This is "for real" learning to benefit "for real" people who need our help, right now.

The social entrepreneurship business model consists of ordinary people who: a) create social value for particular communities, b) generate funds and/or teach community members how to entrepreneurially become more self-sufficient, c) provide ecological plans and strategies for both improved health and living conditions for community members, and d) organize themselves with an infrastructure that can be self-sufficient, replicable, growing, and sustainable.

You will learn how to:
1) develop a social entrepreneurship program within the classroom and on campus (year 1).
-recruit, organize, manage, plan, promote, assign, share, research, lead, and enrich.
2) implement your program out into the community (year 2).
-investigating issues of social value, methods of support within your goals of sustainability; forging partnerships; designing an effective volunteer system; aggressively growing with your membership; and providing an online community for students, faculty, and community; all with the support of our expanded community college network.
3) produce necessary, meaningful, and measurable outcomes to serve as guidelines, success indicators, research, publications, and benchmarking for our fellow community colleges.
4) engage students in a variety of active learning experiences.
 

Art Hooper, Adjunct Faculty, Chandler-Gilbert Community College, AZ

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Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the Real World

Posted By Administration, Thursday, September 18, 2008
Problem-based Learning: Welcome to the Real World

 

Guide Description:  
The Chair of a Faculty Development Committee, guided three faculty (business, psychology, and theatre) through a peer mentoring research project to evaluate problem-based learning in the classroom as a learner-centered teaching technique to improve student learning outcomes. The results for both faculty and students were significant.

 

Full Description:  

Problem-based learning is a student-centered inquiry process that increases transfer of learning.  Dr. Flint's research at College of the Desert, a Hispanic Serving Institutution, proved that problem-based learning increased engagement and knowledge rentention, thus impacting learning.  In this workshop you will review the theory of problem-based learning and its application in today’s classroom,  evaluate the value ofthis method for workforce preparation, and identify how problem-based learning assists with assessment of student learning outcomes to meet accreditation standards.

  • Review definitions of terms: learner-centered, teacher-centered, transfer of learniing, problem-based learning
  • Brainstorm activity to identify the skills needed in a 21st century workforce global economy
  • Demonstrate the relevance of problem based learning to the real world
  • Facilitate large group discussion on application of problem based learning in the classroom
  • Facilitate with a PowerPoint presentation and handouts

The uniqueness of this presentation is the combined background of the presenter – both corporate trainer (in companies like Hewlett-Packard) and tenured faculty member in higher education.  Dr. Flint has a Masters in Public Administration, a PhD in Education, and will finish her MBA the end of 2008.  She is an executive at a corporation, but consults on a daily basis with community college leaders.  Dr. Flint is an adjunct professor of business courses at Biola University and continues practicing learner-centered teaching methods.  She is passionate about incorporating workplace skills in community college curriculum to keep America competitive in a global economy and believes that problem-based learning is a method that works for all learning styles.

 

Handouts include Journal articles by Dr. Flint on Transfer of Learning and Problem-based Learning; college course outlines with the integration of workforce skills outcomes; and references for further reading and research.
 

Dr. Wendy Flint, Senior Vice President, Boston Reed College, CA

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