Shark Tank Open – Expo Spotlight

This year’s Shark Tank Open, sponsored by Minnesota State Educational Innovations, will feature an expo with 22 exhibitors from past Shark Tank Open funded projects.

Here’s a quick peek of the expo exhibitors at this year’s Shark Tank Open:

Century College

Experiential and Cross-Cultural Learning through a Simulated Columbian Coffee Exchange

Through a partnership with faculty members at the Universidad de Mendellin in Colombia, Century College faculty set out to build a culturally immersive business experience for business students in both countries that leverage web technology and their own ingenuity selling and purchasing coffee.

Metropolitan State University

Building Entrepreneurial Mindset Competency: An Innovative and Inclusive Strategy for Diverse Student Success, Well-Being, and Career Readiness

Faculty at Metropolitan State University encourages all students to “think like entrepreneurs” in an effort to make everyone more competitive in their career paths.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Dreaming by Degrees – An Open Source Podcast for First-Year Students

A team of diverse college students trained in the art of audio storytelling co-produce podcast episodes designed to make visible the hidden dimensions and potential barriers of college in an effort to improve the retention and success of first-year college students.

Century College

Developing 2D and 3D Virtual Activity Based Learning Approaches Using OER Integration with an Online Adaptive Learning Pedagogy-Based Platform

Through a collaborative partnership with a company called LRNR, Century faculty create one of the most interactive and fully online laboratory-based courses in Anatomy and Physiology using open educational resources.

Rochester Community and Technical College

Virtual Reality Laboratory

The Virtual Reality Laboratory takes the latest in VR hardware and software innovations and immerses students in an engaging learning experience that cannot otherwise be obtained in the classroom in subjects such as in biology, art, earth science, and more.

St. Paul College

Removing Hurdles for OER: Creation, Dissemination and Evaluation of Open Source Online Assessments in Biology Courses

To help assist health science faculty with creating ancillary open educational resources, St. Paul College creates and disseminates D2L-based open source assignments for use in general biology and anatomy and physiology courses.

Central Lakes College

Open Education Resource Accelerator: Z Degree

The OER Accelerator offers faculty three different on-ramps for engaging open educational resources based on their past experiences, including exploration, support, and authoring.

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Flourish: Addressing Mental Health Needs in the Classroom

Dedicated to assisting students grappling with significant mental health challenges, Minnesota State University, Mankato uses a combination of instructional techniques and support, a significant step toward better serving an underserved sector of the student population.

Rochester Community and Technical College

Creating a Compassionate Campus: A Mindful Path to Equity at RCTC

Students and employees on the RCTC campus are offered trainings and events around mindfulness practices, helping them learn how to apply mindfulness practices within an equity and compassion framework.

Minneapolis College

Value of Using Multiple Assessments to Effectively Help Urban Community College Students Explore their Interests, Talents, and Values to Declare an Accurate Major/Career

In order to better assist students in identifying a right-fit career path, this innovative program at Minneapolis College combines a multi-assessment approach to career advising.

Bemidji State University

Performance-Enhanced Biology

This interdisciplinary collaboration between Bemidji State University and North Hennepin Community College uses the power of performance to enhance the teaching and learning of genetics, bringing science and theater students together for an interdisciplinary learning experience.

Century College


Century’s chatbot project brings the power of algorithmic learning to online student services across the system.  The project is coupled with the information technology program at Century College, where students gain real-life experience programming the chatbot in preparation for entry into the job market.

Minnesota State College Southeast

Novel Application Based Program for Traditional Manufacturing Competencies

This Minnesota State College Southeast collaborative bicycle project brings together students from computer-aided design (CAD), computer numerical control (CNC) machining, welding, and fabrication.

Lake Superior College

The Burn Box 2.0, Making the Metropolis

The Burn Box 2.0 provides students a more consistent and affordable fire training experience. Lake Superior College created multiple burn boxes from large steel containers and now firefighting students at Lake Superior College are able to go directly from the classroom to the field, providing a more seamless and applied learning experience.

Anoka Ramsey Community College

Minnesota State REFLECT: Research Experiences For Learning, Engaging, Connecting, and Teaching

Anoka-Ramsey Community College welcomes faculty from other Minnesota State institutions to join Minnesota State REFLECT, which encourages and supports community college faculty in conducting research on effective teaching strategies in the community college classroom.

St. Cloud Technical and Community College

Orientacion, Janeera, or Orientation

St. Cloud Technical and Community College created an eOrientation program to help better serve its diverse students. This project translates its eOrientation program into both Spanish and Somali.

Inver Hills Community College

An Open Invitation to Biological Anthropology

Inver Hills Community College faculty, in partnership with faculty from California State University, the University of Hawaii, and Grossmont College, are collaboratively authoring an open textbook to support student learning in the field of biological anthropology, a first of its kind for the discipline.

Lake Superior College

Professional Fluency in Online Courses

Lake Superior College has developed a system focused on “professional fluency” that helps students learn professional skills within their academic programs. This project is an online version of the system, helping students learn professional fluency in online courses AND face-to-face courses.

Minnesota State University, Moorhead

New Rivers PodLab

New Rivers Press (NRP) works with undergraduate students to publish quality books of poetry, creative nonfiction, and literary fiction. New Rivers PodLab works in collaboration with NRP, creating literature and book-themed podcasts to connect with readers and market books that the students have worked to edit, market, and design.

Northland College

Expanding the Base: OER Growth at Northland

This Northland College project researches the use of and barriers to open textbooks. Northland has two faculty members who are OER leaders on campus, providing in-depth training to 20 faculty members and assisting them with implementing open textbooks in their courses.

Ridgewater College

Cross-Curricular Online Graphic Organizers

In an effort to tackle the reading challenges faculty witness in the classroom, Ridgewater College designs and shares both content-area and discipline-specific graphic organizers that faculty can alter to suit their needs. These graphic organizers help faculty teach all students to be better readers.

St. Cloud State University

Unleashing Credit for Prior Learning at St. Cloud State University

After identifying that students at St. Cloud State University need more credit for prior learning (CPL) opportunities, St. Cloud State provides comprehensive training to several “CPL champions” who help attain a more comprehensive use of CPL.  Best practices from South Central College and other national leaders are included.

Registration for the Shark Tank Open is limited, so register today!

For additional questions please email Stephen Kelly.

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