How can faculty create value in the classroom?
Creating value goes beyond problem solving. Engineering education often focuses on quantitative skills. However, solutions to many of the most challenging problems require higher level design, entrepreneurial mindset, and value creation skills.
Help establish value creation as a habitual part of a graduate’s mindset and as an instinctual driver by designing exercises so that students:
- Become empathetic ethnographers, or observers of unmet needs
- Habitually reframe problems as opportunities
- Ask questions that reveal authentic demand
- Develop archetype users of engineering solutions
- Offer solutions to problems, testing novel ideas with others to obtain formative feedback
- Create value from underutilized resources
- Extend existing solutions to new situations