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Batangas State University method of technopreneurship as an outcomes-based education tool applied in some engineering and computing science programs

27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016

Abstract: Context: Batangas State University (BatStateU) is a premier university in the CALABARZON Region (Region 4A) in the Philippines. It is composed of ten campuses, strategically located in the Batangas Province and caters to 45,860 students, 15% of which have engineering majors (AY 2015-2016). True to its motto of Leading Innovations, Transforming Lives, the university, thru the Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation launched its technology entrepreneurship (technopreneurship) program last 2nd Semester of Academic Year 2014-2015 and is now on its 4th run of building the technopreneurship and innovative mindset among its students and faculty members. Piloted in the BS Electronics Engineering, BS Computer Engineering, BS Computer Science and BS Information Technology programs, the technopreneurship course will eventually be included in the curriculum of all engineering, technology and computing sciences programs of the university.

Purpose: The researcher aims to determine how the technopreneurship course contributed in honing the entrepreneurial and innovative skills of Batangas State University engineering students and to determine the effectiveness and acceptability of the experiential teaching and learning techniques used.

Approach: The researcher conducted pre and post survey assessment and evaluation among students and faculty facilitators of the technopreneurship course to determine its effectiveness and acceptability in the engineering and computing sciences curricula. Aside from the experiential teaching and learning inside the classroom, the center also launched a challenge lab as another avenue to promote technopreneurship and innovation. The culminating activity of the course is the conduct of a demo day where participants pitch their Minimum Viable Products (MVP) to potential investors.

Results: After three semesters of technopreneurship facilitation, a total of 848 students and 13 faculty facilitators were provided with hands-on skills in technopreneurship. From a traditional mindset of being an employee after graduation, students were equipped with a mindset that allowed them to think innovatively and hopefully have the courage to be employers of their own start-ups. A significant number of participants also showed interest in setting up their own business or start-up after taking up the course.

Conclusions: The Center for Technoprenuership and Innovation spearheaded programs that succeeded in developing a culture of technoprenuership and innovation among the students and faculty members of the university. A significant number of participants also expressed their acceptance and appreciation of the techopreneurship course, the format, content and manner of facilitation. The BatStateU method of technopreneurship also serves as an Outcomes-Based-Education (OBE) assessment tool that tests the students' ability to communicate effectively, thru the pitching activities; ability to function on multidisciplinary teams, thru team formation activities; and the ability to design minimum viable products that meet the desired needs within realistic constraints through MVP development and validation.

To cite this article: Amante, Albertson D and Ronquillo, Tirso A. Batangas State University method of technopreneurship as an outcomes-based education tool applied in some engineering and computing science programs [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 39-48. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=678946650931888;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 26 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Amante, Albertson D; Ronquillo, Tirso A; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 39-48. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Universities and colleges--Education; Engineering--Study and teaching (Continuing education); Entrepreneurship--Study and teaching; Engineering--Technological innovations; Universities and colleges--Faculty; Identifier: Batangas State University (organisation) Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) BatStateU Center for Technopreneurship and Innovation, Alangilan, Batangas City, Philippines, 4200
(2) Batangas State University, Rizal Avenue, Batangas City, Philippines, 4200

Database: Engineering Collection