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MAKING IT NEW: Local Use of a National Curriculum/Courseware Package

Posted By Administration, Friday, October 24, 2008

MAKING IT NEW: Local Use of a National Curriculum/Courseware Package

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A discussion of how programs/instructors can use an introductory course on innovation and take advantage of its high-quality multi-media and web-enhanced components to augment its distance education curriculum, or to enhance, or supplement, existing courses in a variety of disciplines.

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MAKING IT NEW: Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

A national multi-media curriculum and courseware package with web resources

Funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation

During the past year, Contemporary Learning Systems has begun development of a curriculum of study on the topic of innovation and enrepreneurship. The project was inspired by the appearance of Harold Evans' book, THEY MADE AMERICA: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Centuries of Innovators (Little, Brown, 2004) and the American Experience television series it inspired (shown on public TV stations nationally in 2004-2005).

There are 13 units in the proposed course clustered into five broad areas of innovation that transformed America. These course modules are: Power and Light, Information, Production and Consumption, Services and Social Entrepreneurship. The courseware package includes:

· the Evans book with profiles of 72 American innovators;

· 10 video episodes of approximately 20 minutes, each embedded with web resources and featuring new segments with Mr. Evans;

· an electronic book of readings and an electronic student study guide;

· a web-based faculty guide; a course website with an interactive component so that students and faculty can connect with course designers, including Mr. Evans and the academic team of advisors.

The course elements have been designed for an introductory course on innovation to be taught independently in a variety of disciplines (e.g. History, American Culture and Civilization, Business, Science, Technology and Society, etc.) or used separately as modules to enhance existing courses.

At the NACCE session, project directors will introduce all course elements for two pilot units - one on Steam and one on Computers - and discuss distribution plans for fall 2009. Attendees will be asked for their comments on the materials.

Dr. George A. Colburn, Project Director, "Making It New: Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship", Contemporary Learning Systems, MI
Dr. John Pendleton, Research Director, Contemporary Learning Systems, MI

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