Elizabeth C. Kisenwether
biography :: conference marerials
A Scalable and Adaptable Problem-Based Learning Course in Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship skills are vital to the future of the US economy and its ability to support continual wealth creation. Traditional educational methods of chalk and talk lectures and exams do not teach such skills; indeed they may hinder them. A course entitled Introduction to Entrepreneurship was piloted in spring 2004, showing a new way to provide a valuable entrepreneurial learning experience to a large number of students from across the university and at various levels. A scalable model reduces teacher load in course creation management, and shifts student interaction venture. This paper describes the course, underwritten by the Kauffman Foundation, and preliminary conclusions on learning outcomes, successes, and changes to be implemented in future semesters.

Establishing and Assessing Curriculum for Entrepreneurial Skill Development: Stage I - Entrepreneurial Leadership Courset
This paper discusses the evolution of the Entrepreneurial Leadership course, one of the four core courses in the Engineering Entrepreneurship (ESHIP) minor at the Pennsylvania State University. The current project-based teaching practice has been developed after a comprehensive review of similar entrepreneurial leadership courses and entrepreneurship education literature. This paper discusses the new curriculum and relevant innovative changes, the assessment conducted to measure student satisfaction and perceptions of the course, and a summary of the experience gained while teaching this revised version of the course.

Cultivating an Entrepreneurial Mindset
One of key near term outcomes of entrepreneurship education programs is the creation of an entrepreneurial mindset in participants. How can entrepreneurship education find and nurture the entrepreneurial spirit in the student body? This panel will discuss what defines the entrepreneurial mindset and how it can be nurtured through the creation of mutually reinforcing curricular and cultural environments.

Commercialization of University Intellectual Property: Variations in Approaches of Research (Doctoral), Comprehensive (Masters) and Liberal Arts Institutions
University intellectual property is developed from a variety of sources at institutions that vary from small liberal arts colleges to major research universities. Sources of intellectual property include those developed from federally funded academic research, student generated ideas (e.g., E-Teams), government laboratories, and walk-in inventors. Each of these sources requires a different set of academic policies, procedures and challenges. These challenges will be discussed from the point of view of the research university, comprehensive university, and liberal arts college.