For University of Idaho Business majors, it looks like the “Vandal Solutions” course. Students enroll and run the class as an actual business. They hire and train student employees and managers. They determine the viability of project proposals, develop business plans, make bids, perform the work, and generate revenue. Entrepreneurship and risk-taking are built-in components of these classes: success, and failure, are real.
Innovative course design that emphasizes student experience, service learning, and collaborative projects where students apply real-world skills, can create powerful teaching moments…without the standard syllabus.