E-Learning Modules

The Kern Entrepreneurial Engineering Network (KEEN) fosters an entrepreneurial mindset in engineering students.

An entrepreneurial mindset applies to all aspects of life, beginning with curiosity about our changing world, integrating information from various resources to gain insight, and identifying unexpected opportunities to create value. An engineer equipped with an entrepreneurial mindset is able to create extraordinary value within any type of organization. KEEN schools identify, nurture, and develop entrepreneurially minded engineers who will contribute to our national economic prosperity and secure individual fulfillment through a lifetime of meaningful work. To learn more about KEEN, visit engineeringunleashed.com.

Development of e-learning modules supporting entrepreneurially minded learning is part of this effort. The University of New Haven, a KEEN partner institution, aims to instill an entrepreneurial mindset in its engineering students by integrating e-learning modules into existing engineering and computer science courses. These modules will be shared educational resources, available to KEEN and others.


Modules Currently Available for Use

The modules that have been developed so far, together with the learning outcomes for each module are listed below.

  • Thinking creatively to drive innovation

    Learning Outcomes

    • Describe the meaning of creativity, a rare but achievable form of thinking
    • Explain the observation that creativity is influenced much more by nurture than nature
    • Describe the universality and power of the divergent-convergent thinking process
    • Apply the Medici Effect when forming teams
    • Apply the Ask-Ask-Ask method
    • Apply the Fishbone Diagramming method
    • Apply the Mind Mapping method
  • Learning from failure

    Learning Outcomes

    • List common mistakes in the product development cycle for real world projects
    • Develop a list of practical options to correct or avoid potential mistakes that may occur in specific projects
    • Explain the potential risks of failure and proposed solutions in terms familiar to various stakeholders
    • Provide recommendations for deciding when to stop a project or when to continue it
    • Extract practical lessons learned by reviewing case histories of failures
  • Cost of production and market conditions

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify the market scenarios for a product
    • Analyze the effects of different business models
    • Describe the nature of the firm that will be best for the product and its environment
    • Describe the behavior of costs in the short run and long run production
    • Identify economies of scale and disc-economies of scale through long run cost curves
    • Apply various methods to suggest a selling price based in the costs of production
    • Describe different market structures
    • State the characteristics of the long tail and internet markets
  • The elevator pitch: advocating for your good ideas

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify the value proposition of a product or service from the point of view of a variety of stakeholders
    • Articulate the criteria that yield an effective pitch
    • Outline a process for developing elevator pitches
    • Implement strategies for recovering from an unsuccessful pitch experience
  • Building, sustaining and leading effective teams and establishing performance goals

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify success factors at each life-cycle stage of the team development process that influence productivity
    • Differentiate between consensus and compromise
    • Examine individual preferences’ dichotomies found in a personality comparison instrument
    • Identify factors that influence actions and decision-making
    • Recognize four different viewpoints used to reach consensus
    • Relate the importance of team and individual performance to reaching overall objectives
    • Design a performance plan
    • Identify ways to address conflicts in teams most productively
  • Applying systems thinking to complex problems

    Learning Outcomes

    • Define system, systems architecture, and system engineering
    • Decompose system hierarchy to at least four levels
    • Define any system from various perspectives, including technical feasibility, value, risk, and societal impact
    • Describe four methods of developing a system architecture
    • Apply the heuristic architecting method to develop a system architecture
  • Developing a business plan that addresses stakeholder interests, market potential and economics

    Learning Outcomes

    • Identify an innovative and differentiated business concept 
    • Develop a strategy for returning value to economic stakeholders
    • Construct a business’s value chain, showing the company’s operational flow
    • Assess a business market opportunity, including competitive positioning
    • Develop market entry, growth and exploitation strategy
    • Develop key business plan assumptions and simulate business performance
    • Utilize resources to prepare valuable business plans
  • Role of product in value creation

    Learning Outcomes

    • Describe each element of the total product concept
    • Apply the Product concept to past product successes and failures
    • Define the concept of value
    • Explain the value proposition canvas
    • Relate the Product concept to the value proposition canvas
    • Evaluate value creation using the value proposition canvas
  • Adapting a business to a changing climate

    Learning Outcomes

    • Explain the ways in which new and existing firms are impacted by changing business conditions
    • Describe the various factors that make up market/business conditions
    • Perform environmental scanning on the business environment
    • Describe ways in which firms deal with changes in its business environment
    • Explain the mindset and characteristics of those people (and organizations) that survive and thrive given challenges and setbacks
  • Defining and Protecting Intellectual Property

    Learning Outcomes

    • Classify valuable physical and intellectual assets 
    • Explain why intellectual property (IP) assets are important to a
      company’s valuation and its stakeholders
    • Employ methods to protect valuable trade secret and confidential
      information IP assets
    • Use trademarks, industrial designs, and copyrights to protect brand
      value
    • Describe how to file patents
  • Resolving Ethical Issues

    Learning Outcomes

    • Assess, and later reassess, your position on an ethics scale
    • Define ethics in the context of professional settings
    • Explain why ethical behavior and the trust it engenders are
      essential for all engineers especially entrepreneurial engineers
    • Analyze ethical dilemma case studies and explain who resolved them
      and how
    • Apply three methods for resolving ethical dilemmas
Modules to be Developed

The full list of e-learning modules to be developed as part of this project and the courses into which they will be integrated at the University of New Haven are shown below.


These e-learning modules target the KEEN student outcomes.

The e-learning modules should be interactive, structured in a way that will allow integration into regular courses or utilization as supplementary resources, and must be accompanied with a teaching guide.

At the University of New Haven, the KEEN e-learning modules are integrated into a variety of courses that span First-Year through senior years of seven engineering and computer science programs. The modules are generic enough to allow their deployment in various courses and majors.

The length of each module is 3-9 hours of online student work. Online student work includes the amount of time a student is expected to spend reviewing material in a module as well as the average time needed to complete module assignments, activities or exercises.


List of Universities and Colleges that have Deployed Modules
  1. Arizona State University
  2. California State University, Chico
  3. Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
  4. Fairfield University
  5. Florida International University
  6. Georgia Institute of Technology
  7. Grand Valley State University
  8. Hofstra University
  9. James Madison University
  10. Lafayette College
  11. Lawrence Technological University
  12. Manhattan College
  13. Marquette University
  14. Michigan Technological University
  15. Ohio Northern University
  16. Pennsylvania State University
  17. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  18. San Francisco State University
  19. Santa Clara University
  20. Trine University
  21. Tulane University
  22. University of Alabama at Birmingham
  23. University of Arkansas Little Rock
  24. University of California - Davis
  25. University of Cincinnati
  26. University of Colorado Boulder
  27. University of Connecticut
  28. University of Dayton
  29. University of Denver
  30. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  31. University of San Diego
  32. University of South Florida
  33. University of Texas at Dallas
  34. University of the District of Columbia
  35. University of the Pacific
  36. University of Virginia
  37. University of Wyoming
  38. Valparaiso University
  39. Villanova University
  40. Weber State University
  41. West Virginia University Institute of Technology
  42. Western New England University
  43. Wichita State University