From a FabLab towards a Social Entrepreneurship and Business Lab

From a FabLab towards a Social Entrepreneurship and Business Lab

Alicia Guerra Guerra (Polytechnic School of Cáceres, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain) and Lyda Sánchez de Gómez (Faculty of Business, Finance and Tourism, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain)
Copyright: © 2016 |Pages: 21
DOI: 10.4018/JCIT.2016100101
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Abstract

Social and institutional demands, in addition to the increased socioeconomic development of territories, advocate the creation of a more current, more integrated and larger university which, while continuing to teach technical knowledge, also teaches values. This would enable the university to respond to the countless challenges that are currently created by citizens in the form of social needs. The aim of this study is to explore the possibilities of creating value in a university FabLab in order to subsequently use this value as a vehicle for practical education in values and technical abilities in relation to the management of 21st century organisations. This materialises in a teaching initiative based on FabLab and that is suggested for computer engineering (University of Extremadura, Spain). After positioning university FabLabs in the digital age, detailing their potential for creating value, and describing this educational initiative, some closing conclusions will be made.

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