Entrepreneurial Learning

Open Projects

Fall 17

Book Arts Collaborative

Learn letterpress and hand-sewn book binding! Run a new business! These opportunities are available at Book Arts Collaborative, a Provost's Immersive project located in the Madjax Building in downtown Muncie.  Students in the Book Arts Collaborative have an opportunity to invent and make products and also to develop, market, and teach community workshops in printing and book binding. This project is for a total of 6 hours of credit in English and Journalism.

For more information, contact Rai Peterson, Department of English or Colleen Steffen, Department of Journalism. Apply Now!

Fine Focus: Catalyzing STEM opportunities for minority undergraduates - Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry 

John McKillip, Department of Biology, and his students will collaborate with fellow undergraduate students in the University of Detroit Mercy (UDM) REBUILD Detroit program to explore the intersections of peer teaching, scholarly research, and STEM outreach. Seminar participants will train their UDM peers in scientific writing, manuscript management, and the double-blind scientific peer-review process involved in the development and promotion of the next issue of “Fine Focus” – an international journal for undergraduate microbiology research. Additionally the seminar will create a short film showcasing the specific challenges unique to academically underrepresented students in STEM fields to be used as a recruiting tool for future STEM leaders. The seminars community partners are the American Society for Microbiology, University of Detroit Mercy.

For more information, call the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Inquiry at (765) 287-0117 or contact John McKillip,
Department of Biology.

Fundraising Using Promotional Items for Non-Profits 

Do you have an interest in designing products that non-profits can use to raise money and support their cause?  Do you enjoy making things?  In this class, student teams will identify the needs of community partners and then create custom promotional items that create greater awareness and meet fundraising goals. Student teams will research material costs and design a range of promotional items including brochures, printed t-shirt, laser-cut objects, and items that can be sold to generate funds. If you are a business, visual communication, or graphic arts major, or if you are interested in a hands-on learning experience that has practical applications, this class is for you.

For more information, contact Rene Church, Department of Technology, or call 765-285-5651. Apply now

Improving College Readiness for Indiana High School Students

Students on this project team will act as consultations with a co-team of instructors developing a time management module to guide Indiana Academy students on a path to success.  The time management model is a proof of concept for the delivery of critical college readiness skills through online, adaptive learning modules. This interdisciplinary immersive blended learning project is open to students interested in making a difference for high school students, project management, adaptive learning, digital storyboard, educational technology, curriculum design.The course will be offered as a blended learning experience with scheduled meetings face-to-face in room BC220 on Tuesday from 6 p.m. – 7:50 p.m. plus online sessions.A total of 3 credits may be earned. 

For more information, contact Cindy Cash, iLearn. Apply now!


Ball State University is a recognized leader in sustainable building design and construction, with several LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings on campus and more projects underway. This immersive learning course builds on these accomplishments by establishing the LEED Lab with the goal of having students prepare a plan for certification for the existing campus facilities. Working with the university as the actual client, students will complete the process of certifying the David Letterman Communications and Media Building under LEED-EB:O+M (LEED for Existing Buildings, Operations and Maintenance). Instructors are Janet Fick and Dr. James Jones; TR 2:00pm – 3:15pm.

For more information, contact Janet Fick, Department of Technology. Apply now!

Medical Education Building Programming

In this immersive learning class, students will work with the faculty, staff and students of the Edmund F. Ball Medical Education Building on campus to create a feasibility study and a programming study for their future expansion and renovation. Students will evaluate the existing facilities and research options that will best suit their future needs. Instructors are Janet Fick and Dr. James Jones; MW 11:00am – 12:15pm.

For more information, contact Janet Fick, Department of Technology. Apply now!

Muncie's Food Report

Produce compelling journalism that captures the stories and issues related to Muncie’s food system. Through a variety of formats and platforms, we will share the people and partnerships working to feed Muncie and explore the circumstances that influence food insecurity and regulation. News journalism, graphic journalism, and all interested students are encouraged to apply for this relevant and meaningful immersive experience. 

For more information, contact Kate Elliott, Department of Journalism. Apply now!

PD3 - Professional Develop, Differentiated, and Digitized. 

We are looking for undergraduate Teacher Education students interested in preparing themselves to work within digital and technology rich instructional contexts, and to help Muncie Community Schools adopt and integrate new and emerging technologies!

The Professional Develop, Differentiated, and Digitized (PD3) Immersive Learning project will focus on assisting Muncie Community Schools in the adoption of a new Learning Management System (LMS) and work closely with teachers to develop digital curriculum, assessments, and instructional materials.

This 9 credit hour experience will comprise essential immersive learning elements of being located within the local community, having blocked time to explore content and to work with project partners, and having an integrated curriculum that de-compartmentalizes courses and content. The experience will include content from Educational Technology courses, and required education preparation courses EDPS 390/393: Learning and Assessment and EDFO 420: Social, Historical, and Philosophical Foundations of Education.

If you are seeking the Computer Education License addition, the Educational Technology Minor, the Elementary Education Technology Concentration, or just wanting additional opportunities to work with teachers in schools, this immersive project is for you!

For more information, contact Jon Clausen, Department of Educational Studies. To apply, contact Dr. Clausen or visit the Educational Studies Department Office in TC 805.

Professional Practice for the Visual Artist

This course will cover professional practices for the visual artist from administration through creative production and final presentation. Students in this course will work directly with the Muncie Arts and Culture Council and professional established artists on the public exhibition of artwork, a juried film screening, and developing the operations and programming plan for the new Gallery of the Muncie Arts and Culture Council (MACC) located within Madjax. This course will utilize visiting artists, Skype interviews with professionals across the fields of visual art and animation, and hands on workshops.

For more information, contact Maura Jasper, Department of Art. Apply now!  

Rehabilitating Houses - Habitat for Humanity 

In this immersive learning course with Habitat for Humanity, students will work on rehabilitating existing houses in their inventory. The class involves the design and preconstruction phases, before construction begins. Each project will start with creating measured existing drawings, but will vary after that, depending upon the condition of the home. As a class, students will determine the scope of work needed and make recommendations for remodeled plans. Course enrollment is by permission only; TR 11:00am - 12:15pm. 

For more information, contact Janet Fick, Department of Technology. Apply now

Team 2 - Reading Intervention at the Youth Opportunity Center

Want an interesting course working with at-risk youth? Working collaboratively with the Youth Opportunity Center (YOC) and other Ball State students from a variety of majors, participants will spend the semester making a real difference in the lives of young people. The project will include small group work, mentoring/engagement, and cutting-edge reading instruction. Applicants to this project must be 21 by the start of the fall semester.

The TEAM 2 project offers authentic experiences for students interested in helping at-risk youth. Participants will do this by implementing a reading intervention program at the YOC. BSU students in this project will study psychological, environmental, and cultural factors that contribute to reading difficulties, and develop skills in applying proven reading strategies. This project may be of special interest to the following majors: sociology, criminal justice, elementary education, special education, psychology, and other helping professions, but all majors are welcome and desired, as varied skill sets are needed for this project. Credit for required coursework has been approved in the following majors (Speech and Language; Educational Psychology, Elementary Education, Social Work, Psychology), and will count as elective hours in most others.

Check out the Facebook page to learn more about the project or this flyer.

For more information, contact Lindsay Rye. Dr. Ruth Jefferson and Dr. Janay Sander are project leaders. Apply now

Whitely Neighborhood Coalition Building

Neighborhoods in Muncie face numerous challenges, but at the same time possess many positive assets. Creating a coalition to bring assets together is a strategy that has been used effectively to meet neighborhood challenges. Due to strong leadership, the Whitely Neighborhood has a long history of success stories and active nonprofit organizations. However, by working more collaboratively, they may be able to enhance services, programs and activities for the entire neighborhood. Students in this project will identify potential coalition partners, determine the feasibility of a coalition based on stakeholder priorities and possibly participate in strategic planning on behalf of the neighborhood. Undergraduate and Graduate students from all disciplines are invited to apply! 

For more information, contact Ray Montagno, Department of Management. Apply now

Office of Entrepreneurial Learning
305 N. College Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306

Hours: Summer: 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Eastern Monday - Friday
Phone: 765 - 285 - 2790