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A meeting to reflect and celebrate

In Winter 2019 ENGG 683 (Innovation and Entrepreneurship) was taught pretty differently at the U of C in order to serve the learning needs of 100 (!) graduate students.

And on April 10 a group of students, one of the TAs, and the instructor Alex got together to share the nature of the learning experience with some of their peers.

That discussion is captured below. Use the table of content links below that to jump to the bits you want to see:

      • 0:00Welcome and opening remarks:
        • 1:59 – Getting to unconsciously competent and the tough journey implied by that
        • 3:37 – Schulich can celebrate this success!
        • 4:14 – A bit on the learning context from which this course comes
        • 6:35 – A personal story of (near) failure in my own learning
        • 8:12 – The context of this course
      • 11:26What did we do? – A visual tour of the whole semester in six minutes!
      • 17:57How did we do it?
        • 17:57 – Student and TA perspectives in their own voices:
          • 18:43 – We had a TA from the business school
          • 19:31 – Thoughts from an international student from India with previous entrepreneurial experience
          • 25:50 – On overcoming the initial fear of learning this stuff
          • 26:25 – Value for another student who’s had 5 prior startup experiences
          • 27:48 – A student on getting over the ‘allergy’ he had to this kind of stuff in his undergraduate degree + the value of this class size
          • 31:55 – A student on how this builds on the first year design course, from an application perspective now that he’s ready for it
          • 34:42 – The perspective of a TA from the business school
        • 38:16 – How, specifically, did you get to 100 students? And did all this mean it was actually three-times the contact hours?
      • 39:38A few key teaching and learning innovations in this course:
        • 39:56 – An iterative levels-based game-like dynamic
        • 41:56 – Peer and self-assessment
        • 44:13 – Getting from products of learning to the process of learning via video-based look-back learning reflections
        • 45:47 – A shift in focus from grades to mastering competencies
      • 47:14More discussion among the group:
        • 47:14 – How do we help other professors do this kind of meaningful learning?
        • 48:34 – More on students teaching each other, the prof extracting himself, and putting competition aside in favor of deeper learning and critical thinking
        • 48:34 – Getting to engineers the skills required for intrapreneurship and the corporate talent pipeline
        • 52:45 – Managing this kind of learning in larger classes in meaningful ways and without defaulting to lecturing
        • 53:26 – Deeper learning this way from start to finish
        • 54:49 – On the importance of learning by doing via collaboration to push us to learn more, and maintaining the smaller lab sections to enable it
        • 55:53 – Close of the group discussion
      • 56:45Alex on why learning for innovation and entrepreneurship is so important for the U of C to be leading right now

More about this course

You can browse a bunch of samples and details about the course in the invitation to the April 10 meeting »  Learn what an Idea Page is all about and see some of the student venture designs / pitches on their pages. Or see how we set up prizes to avoid the challenges associated with the ‘judges as bosses of success’ phenomenon. Try the look-back learning reflections for yourself. Check out the Un-exam yourself …

Check out the Idea Maker Course »  –  this is the levels and competency-based course we used as a ‘textbook’ in this course.

Or browse the entire hour-by-hour course schedule for the course » to see how we spent our time every week.

And learn how this kind of learning and these tools are applied in corporate contexts »  (includes video testimonial)