Building Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Foundations in STEM

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Are you looking for active learning techniques to effectively engage students?

Do you want to improve student outcomes and faculty satisfaction by integrating concepts of entrepreneurially minded learning (EML) into foundational STEM courses?

Workshop: Building Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Foundations in STEM

Teaching and Learning

I found this workshop to be a great place to interact with faculty colleagues who have experience with fostering entrepreneurial mindset among their students. The entrepreneurially minded activities at the workshop gave me a good idea of the time and resources I'll need to enhance student learning in my classrooms. The reasonable pace of activities left room for engaging conversations and feedback about methods to follow, roadblocks to expect, and means to overcome challenges in the classroom. I had a great time!
- From a workshop survey

Intended Audience: Non-engineering STEM Faculty of Foundational STEM Courses

Building Entrepreneurially Minded Learning Foundations in STEM introduces faculty to the framework of entrepreneurially minded learning (EML) with a focus on developing an engineering mindset through the application of curiosity, connections, and creating value. 

You'll experience various active learning techniques with an emphasis on the engineering mindset to effectively engage students within the classroom. Examples will include in-class activities for calculus, physics, biology, and chemistry that illustrate the incorporation of EML. 

Event Information


This workshop has reached capacity.

Dates: June 14-17, 2021 (Agenda below, or download here)

Location: Virtual/Online

Cost: $1500.00

Registration Deadline: April 22, 2021

Cancellation Policy: If a participant cancels within 30 days of a workshop, the Kern Family Foundation may invoice the institution for a $150 cancelation fee to cover materials and other unrecoverable costs.

Workshop Agenda

Schedule subject to change

Day 1: June 14, 2021 (Monday) - Prework - Asynchronous Tasks

  • 10:00-11:00 a.m. Complete the EM Series EML 90, 101, 102
  • 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Overview of Active Learning Techniques Presentation
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Overview of EML in the Classroom Presentation
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. Create your own video: Tennis Ball Drop
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Complete questionnaire on Active Learning and EML

Day 2: June 15, 2021 (Tuesday) - Synchronous Zoom Sessions

  • 11:00-11:15 a.m. Opening Remarks
  • 11:15-12:00 p.m. Sample STEM Card 1
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m. Sample STEM Card 2
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:00-3:00 p.m. Sample STEM Card 3
  • 3:00-4:00 p.m. Sample STEM Card 4

Day 3: June 16, 2021 (Wednesday) - Card Development - Asynchronous Tasks

  • 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Create your own Card on the Engineering Unleashed Website

Day 4: June 17, 2021 (Thursday) - Synchronous Zoom Sessions

  • 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Group work, peer feedback, and refine cards
  • 1:00-2:00 p.m. BREAK
  • 2:00-3:15 p.m. Presentation of final draft cards
  • 3:15-3:45 p.m. Assessing EML in your classroom
  • 3:45-4:00 p.m. Closing Remarks

Your Workshop Guides

Meet the facilitators and coaches for your workshop journey:

Chris Carroll

Chris Carroll, Facilitator

Chris's research interests involve both experimental and educational topics. His experimental research interests include reinforced and prestressed concrete structures, while his educational research interests include the use of problem and project-based learning in the classroom at both the university and secondary school levels.
Scott Sell

Scott Sell, Facilitator

Dr. Sell is currently an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Saint Louis University. Prior to joining SLU in August of 2012, Dr. Sell spent three years conducting clinical tissue engineering research at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, VA. His research lab focuses on tissue engineering scaffold fabrication for wound healing and orthopedic applications, and he is also passionate about STEM education. He has 80+ peer reviewed publications, 180+ conference abstracts, and 4100+ citations of his work.
Asmira Alagic

Asmira Alagic, Coach

Asmira (Ph.D.) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Saint Louis Univeristy, where she teaches general and analytical chemistry. Dr. Alagic has had a variety of teaching experiences over the 7 years she has taught at SLU as full-time faculty, having taught in small lecture formats, lab settings, and large lectures. She incorporates active learning modules and new technologies into small and large lectures and strives for student engagement in challenging chemistry classes, including chemistry for engineers. As a KEEN mentor/coach, Dr. Alagic hopes to partner with STEM faculty to further the collective understanding of effective teaching techniques for STEM courses. She plans to help develop teaching materials and suggest activities that others can incorporate into their courses as matched with their own unique teaching styles.
Laurie Shornick

Laurie Shornick, Coach

Laurie is Professor and Chair in the Department of Biology at Saint Louis University. Her laboratory explores the role of epithelial tissues in the innate immune response. They use mouse models to understand the role of inflammation in viral infection in the lungs. Her lab also studies the impaired mechanisms of healing in diabetic wounds, and they are developing novel dressings to improve chronic wound healing. She teaches Foundations of Immunobiology, Principles of Virology and Scientific Communication. As a leader, she cares about empowering others by communicating clearly, respecting diverse viewpoints and providing a vision of shared goals.
Phil Huling

Phil Huling, Coach

Phil (M.S. and Ph.D. in pure mathematics, Saint Louis University) is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Dr. Huling taught community college for 4 years before returning to SLU as faculty in January of 2016. He teaches foundational through advanced-level calculus courses incorporating a variety of different technologies to give students a chance to visualize problems and ideas in new ways. Dr. Huling focuses on creating a classroom where communication drives the learning and where students are active even in lectures. He enjoys trying different pedagogical models in the classroom and has taught traditional, hybrid, and online courses.

Your Workshop Journey

FacDev Journey

Key Deliverables

  • Learn effective teaching strategies to incorporate entrepreneurial minded learning in non-engineering STEM courses
  • Experience the application of curiosity, connections, and creating value in the context of non-engineering STEM courses
  • Create course content that includes entrepreneurially minded learning
  • Implement the new content and assess its impact on the student population
  • Have access to a multi-disciplinary mentorship team including faculty from engineering, math, and the sciences
  • Share and disseminate created course content
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