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Fall 2018

Prototype 1:

Saluki Survival Guide

  • Problem
    • We have numerous resources on campus but not a correlating amount of student involvement (specifically freshmen)
      • How do we know it’s a problem?
        • Each of the freshmen we interviewed had interests that coincide with an existing club. When asked why they were not yet a part of the club they all said it was because they hadn’t heard of it.

--- How might we inform new students about existing opportunities? ---

  • Saluki Survival Guide
    • What is it?
      • After conducting additional interviews, we will create a conglomeration of everything that the interviewed freshmen wished they knew as well as everything that we wish we knew as freshmen.
    • What will it cost?
      • The beauty of this project is that it will require no funding. Building the bank of new student information will require a significant time commitment, but not a monetary one.
    • Who will it help?
      • While we cannot control what freshmen do and do not look through, we can certainly try our best to make it appealing. Rather than dropping it in a folder titled ‘New Student Information’ we will refer to it as the Saluki Survival Guide.
    • What will it include?
      • The general idea is that it includes a bit of everything freshmen have questions about. From providing simple ways to discover RSO’s that match their interests, to how to get involved with undergraduate research, to how to file a maintenance report if their shower is leaking.
  • Will it work?
    • We discussed this idea with three of the freshmen that we previously interviewed. All three of them said that they thought the idea was good, but only two of them said they would have taken the time to read through it. When we presented this idea to one of our stakeholders, she responded positively to the lack of cost involved.




Prototype 2:

Innovation Course

Problem: We noticed that there were not many opportunities for students to learn about design thinking outside of the College of Business.

Solution:We want to provide an innovation course to the students of campus.

Process:The innovation course would teach students for a few weeks about design thinking and the process of creating a project. For the rest of the semester, the students are tasked with creating their own project that interests them. For example, if the student studies biology, they could task themselves with creating a research project. If the student studies business, they could create a plan to start their company. If the student studies engineering, they could create their own engineering project. At the end of the semester, the students will be required to show a detailed plan for their project or an actual product.

Target and Prototyping:The innovation course would be offered to honors students first as a testing ground. The honors students are required to take honors classes so by placing the innovation course as an honors course, there is a good chance that students will take it. After being tested as an honors course, we would like to open up the innovation course to the entire campus.

Long-term Plan: In the long run, the course could be utilized like Senior Design course but for targeted towards freshman. This would introduce freshman to design thinking as soon as they come to campus and teach students how to create their own projects. The course has the potential to mold SIU into a more innovative campus.




Prototype 3:

Question Bank

  • Problem
    • Students have questions about opportunities and campus life, but don’t know where to go to get the answers.
      • How do we know it’s a problem?
        • After speaking to freshmen during our interviews we realized that these students have questions, but don’t know who or where to turn to for answers. We have also noticed this same trend in older students we have met in classes and through extracurriculars.

--- How might we give students the resources to get answers? ---

  • Question Bank
    • What is it?
      • We will work with one of our stakeholders that is in control of the D2L platform to put a question bar and FAQ bank on the homepage. Students will then have a way simplified way to find SIU related questions.

                           - What will it cost?

      • This project will cost nothing to make and put into action, but it will take a time commitment to create and manage after its launch.
    • Who will it help?
      • This tool will help students of every classification by providing them a place to turn to for any Southern Illinois University related question. This will streamline the process of students trying to find out who can answer their specific questions.
    • What will it include?
      • We would keep the concept simple with a bar to type in questions on the homepage of D2L. There would be a FAQ link under the bar with questions that have been answered and their corresponding answers. When a question is answered, an email will be sent to the student and also go into the FAQ bank for other students to access.
  • Will it work?
    • We discussed this idea with one of our stakeholders that is in charge of the Desire to Learn (D2L) platform, who reacted positively to the proposal. She offered to help us redesign the homepage of D2L to include a question bar with a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) resource link under it. Due to our SIU emails being linked to our D2L accounts, designated staff can respond through email and list the answer on the FAQ page.




Prototype 4:

Major Specific Introductory Course ( UCOL )

  • Problem
    • Students from all different majors are placed into the same University introductory course, yet they all have different interests.
      • How do we know it’s a problem?
        • We’ve gone through UCOL first hand and realized that it should not be as broadly structured as it was. We all agree that it should be tailored towards your specific field of study. --- How might we give students the resources to get answers? ---
    • Major Specific Introductory Course ( UCOL )
      • What is it?
        • After reflecting heavily on our personal experiences with the current structure of UCOL, we will modify the curriculum that is taught to the students to be major specific. Through this modification of curriculum, we will guide teachers of the UCOL course to connect those students towards related RSO’s and other major related organizations and opportunities on campus.
      • What does it need to be implemented?
        • This project will require no funding. A slight shift in the way the class is taught, along with some work with the universities registrar office, we will be able to move students into their Major Specific Introductory course for nothing more than a little hard work.
      • Who will it help?
        • This will help students who are not wanting too broad of an overview of campus and the resources on it. The students who will come into the university with an understanding of what they want to do in their major will be able to accomplish that by being given knowledge about opportunities in their major.
      • What will it include?
        • It will include a structured list of major related RSO’s and opportunities within the university and around the southern Illinois region. The course will be structured in a way that the students are required to go out and actually interact with peers and faculty in their major.

Project pitch video

Fall 2016

https://youtu.be/dC_19n8EQpg

Spring 2016

Spring 2015

OVERVIEW

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is in need of a little push towards the communal adoption of I&E. While our resources are tangible, they are vastly underutlized. It is our responsibility and intention as University Innovation Fellows to address the problem head on and with conviction. After several years of ineffective marketing attempts at the student level, it is apparent that a more proactive approach toward resource utilization needs to made. This why we are beginning to look at how SIU and other universities must adapt from outputing students under the Industrial model to fostering growth in students for the Information Age.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS

Saluki Entrepreneur Corps Meetings - Wednesdays 6-8pm at the Dunn Richmond Center (1740 Innovation Dr.)

STRATEGY #1 - CREATE A MARKET DEMAND FOR THE I&E RESOURCES ALREADY AVAILABLE TO SIU STUDENTS

Tactic #1 - Host Innovation and Entrepreneurship Collaboration Activities

Description:

Implement marketing events at this facility to demonstrate the power of possibilities when given the right tools. We need to inspire creative thinking in our students by surrounding them with a creative environment. Events will include Maker's Space projects, departmental think tanks, crowdfunding workshops, student organization meetings/events and much much more. 

Team Leader:

Brandon Nolte

Milestones:

TBD

Tactic #2 - Open Up Dialogue Between Colleges via Resource Network

Description:

All too often we witness the spark in a students eye when they first realize how conceivable their bright new idea really is when they consider working with other College departments. However, more times than not, without a direct connection to desired college it can be difficult and frustrating to assemble a team. Simply cold calling a department phone number or emailing a student club should not be the only option. We propose to create comprehensive database network of involved innovators across all major departments in the univeristy. Not a directory, a network. These voluntary contacts on this database will be predetermined ambassadors of their department or group who give their permission to be contacted by fellow student innovators in search of knowledge specific to their venture. Opening up dialogue between departments for reasons outside of the classroom is a great way to collaborate on ideas. 

Team Leader:

TBD

Milestones:

TBD

Strategy #2 - Work with University Administrators, Faculty, and Students to create a core curriculm fit for the Information Age.

Tactic #1 - Research, Design, and Implement classes and classrooms that foster Innovation, Creativity, and Engagement with real world problems.

Description:

Makerspaces, clubs, research, and guest speakers are all great things that can add to the Innovative and Entrepreneurial environment on a college campus. However, the major determining factor for the quality of the education a student recieves is the core curriculum taught in every area of the university. By creating a future Design of what Southern Illinois University might look like, if I&E were the inspiration, SIU can begin to Implement changes in the classroom now. This includes two major changes to the current curriculum. #1 We need to go from teaching a tool based approach to teaching from a problem or goal based approach that directly engages students with a challenge. For example to learn about engines under the current model students must learn about all the tools, nuts, and bolts 1st before ever touching an engine. Under a problem based approach students are engaged with the challenge of fixing or building an engine from day 1 and they learn about the tools they need through trial and error. This process more directly engages students in critical thinking. The 2nd change that needs to occur in SIU's curriculm is to begin combining the Arts and Engineering. This does exist in a few areas on campus but the core curriculm doesn't address this need. All the great achievements of human civilization, such as the Pantheon in Rome, were built with Art, Design, and Engineering in total collaboration yet the Industrial model of most universities including SIU doesn't yet reflect this. Instead engineers and scientists are in one building and artists and designers in another, often never crossing eachothers' path inside a classroom. It's time to make a change.

Team Leader:

Dan Bach

Milestones:

TBD


Tactic #2 - Module Learning Classes for  Hands on Innovation Learning

Description: 

In the Fall of 2014 the Saluki Entrepreneur Corps produced and executed their first Business Start Up Module which had approximately 10 graduates who recieved certificates as Business Consultant Assistance.  This success in a small size allows the same model be applied to other discplines for similar exercies to give participants a better understanding of the need to be fully aware of the disciplines that they could work with in the future for a possible start-up.  

Team Leader: 

TBD

Milestones: 

Finished our learning class in the Fall of 2014

Strategy #3 - Join the Small Innovation Spaces on Campus Into a Large Campus Makerspace.

Tactic #1 - Get people thinking about the idea.

Description: 

Go around to all of the individual, design-based programs at the school. Introduce them to UIF, and talk to them about the benefits of pooling our resources as a campus into one large-scale Makerspace. Talk to program leaders, Deans, professors, and supportive alumni. Get the word out about what we're doing, and brainstorm ways to achieve it.  

Team Leader:

Thomas Birch

Milestones:

- Make a list of relevant programs/people to talk to

- Schedule discussions and presentations

- Get ideas and support for this project


Tactic #2 - Collect information about people and resources

Description:

Make a comprehensive list of the various resources that could be together in the Makerspace. For example, our campus has a small Makerspace group, a robotics club, and a Business Incubator. This will help us decide how the space will be organized to reflect the needs of the various groups using it.  

Team Leader:

Thomas Birch

Milestones:

- Making a comprehensive list of the resources and innovation groups on campus

Tactic #3 - Make plans to build the Makerspace

Description:

This will probably be the most challenging part of the project. We will need to find a location, figure out funding, get various permissions from the university, and get actual support and permission from the university. We will most likely try to use an existing building, as there is already limited space on campus for a new building.  

Team Leader:

Thomas Birch

Milestones:

- Present plan to heads of University

- Acquire funding/support

- Work with contractors to modify/build space

- Acquire materials to fill space with


Tactic #4 - Utilize the Makerspace, and let it be used by students from every field

Description:

Once the Makerspace is built, we need people to use it! The space will have spots where programs that were using their own spaces will be able to meet, and the space will have regular events. We also plan on trying to have classes centered around innovation to take place in the Makerspace.  

Team Leader:

Thomas Birch

Milestones:

- Regular planned events at the Makerspace

- RSO's meet and use the Makerspace

- Makerspace is well-maintained

Fall 2016 Student Strategies

Strategy #1 - Improve homelessness situation in Carbondale

Tactic #1 - Talk with city officials to incorporate more community projects around town

Description: Work on setting up more activities around Carbondale that provide jobs to people. Open programs that improve environment and city infastructure.

Team Leader: Robert Caswelch

Milestones:

-Contact city council about expanded workforce jobs around campus.


Tactic #2 - Work with students and faculty to tackle issues regarding poverty

Description: Student engagement could be improved on campus, so making a class project to improve living conditions in Carbondale could be a drive as it is a real world issue with real world results.

Team Leader:

Milestones:

-Talk with faculty about course curriculum


Tactic #3 - Use school resources to help people find possible work / better living conditions

Description: The library already has a program for helping people in need use resources, but this could be expanded further. Administrators or students in specific majors could meet and help people around the city of Carbondale to set goals. Setting up booths at fairs is an example of ways to reach out to the community in the city.

Team Leader: Robert Caswelch

Milestones:

-Set up booth at fair (farmers market)

Strategy #2 - Tackle Social Justice in Carbondale

Tactic #1: Meet with resource centers/housing about how to develop a strong training


Description: Reach out to multiple resource centers on campus as well as housing. Possibly reach out to people that have created the Consent and Respect training that aims to educate students on sexual assault.


Team Leader: Mary McGee


Milestones: N/A


Find and contact staff by December.


Tactic #2: Conduct interviews with students to see how they have been affected by discrimination, oppression, etc.

Description: Meet with students from all walks of life, majors, races, sexualities, etc and talk about their unique experiences.

Team Leader: Mary McGee

Milestones: N/A

Find and meet with students and faculty by January

Tactic #3: Partner with organizations on campus

Description: Develop a sense of where all the resources are and then contact each one of them to see if they are interested in working with me.

Team Leader: Mary McGee


Milestones: N/A

Develop a solid plan by February

Tactic #4: Develop the training and deliver

Description: Create a basis of what I want in the training, who should be a part of it, and how I will follow through with this training.

Team Leader: Mary McGee

Milestones: N/A

Develop a solid program by March or April so that I can start implementing for the summer.

Related Links

Southern Illinois University

Southern Illinois University Student Priorities


University Innovation Fellows

Fall 2018

Adam Vogel

Emma Johns

Nathaniel Jordan

Jake Coddington

Claire Moore

Carly Kasicki

Spring 2016:

Mara Decker

Deborrius Jeffries

Trevor Jones

Asia Lee

Fall of 2015:

Dan Bach

Thomas Birch

Spring 2015:

Alex Hutchinson

Brandon Nolte

Katie Dzugan