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Students turn theory into practice

Students turn theory into practice

There’s a transformative shift occurring in U.S. education. It’s a movement away from merely knowing to applying knowledge, sometimes in real-life situations. Increasing evidence from research suggests this kind of learning more fully engages the interests and capacities of students, furthering the fundamental educational goal of creating lifelong learners. I was fascinated to see an … Continue reading

Students solving problems when they’re “stuck, frustrated, and confused”

Students solving problems when they’re “stuck, frustrated, and confused”

The students in my entrepreneurship class get the chance in every class period to work on urgent, real-life problems faced by company CEOs. It’s what makes this class both exciting and demanding. Recently, a problem the students had to solve wasn’t merely complex–it seemed inscrutable and unsolvable. I knew they were struggling with it. When … Continue reading

Show me the evidence!

In our entrepreneurship class, the students use a methodology called Lean LaunchPad, which is essentially the scientific method for business startups. Students begin by developing several hypotheses– about the product, value proposition, customer segments, channels for best reaching customers, and methods for building customer relationships. In other words, they make their best guesses about what … Continue reading

Solving problems that matter

The concept of making connections between the classroom and real life has always attracted me as an educator. This is the holy grail behind everything we’re doing in our entrepreneurship class this semester. Although the students are being provided with very advanced business and marketing concepts through the Lean LaunchPad methodology (product market fit, agile … Continue reading