Blended e-Learning: An Innovative Approach in Entrepreneurship Education
Blended e-Learning combines face-to-face instruction with online content. Developed by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in partnership with Cisco Learning Institute, Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture provides a dynamic, hands-on approach to entrepreneurship. Students learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan.
During this session, presenters will share a brief description of the blended e-learning delivery method and lead a discussion of its advantages and challenges. How Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture is integrated into entrepreneurship curriculum and best practice teaching recommendations that create a more effective learning environment will be discussed.
The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation has developed turn-key blended e-learning course material (Planning the Entrepreneurial Venture) that enables students to learn through self-discovery as they research, develop, and write a start-up business plan.
Research available on hybrid or blended learning is limited. Yet, hybrid or blended learning is becoming an evolution of pedagogy among educational institutions. PEV has given the Kauffman Foundation the opportunity to research and measure the outcomes of this delivery method for teaching entrepreneurship. During this discussion we will discuss research findings, demonstrate the course design, and share a number of best-practice teaching and learning recommendations that should be of interest to educators and online course developers. We will show how face-to-face instruction is combined with online content, media, and activities to create a dynamic learning environment.
Tina Sterling, Consultant, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, MO