Authentic Activities for Engaging Online Entrepreneurship Students
Online learning presents a challenging context for design of authentic engaged learning. Participate in exploring the instructional design aspects of creating authentic activities for online entrepreneurship courses. In other words, this session seeks to help alleviate “new course design panic” and foster confidence in creating authentic activities for your online learners.
In the past three years of designing and teaching courses at Laramie County Community College (LCCC) for our new A.A.S. Entrepreneurship Degree program and certificates there have been many design challenges for both day and distance delivery courses. The objective of this session is to dig deeper into actual components of a few courses in the program and share what type of assignments and activities are generating the most authentic learning for distance entrepreneurship students. Course syllabus, assignments, assessment strategies, student feedback data and other experiential knowledge will be shared to help add value to those who develop and teach new courses from scratch and/or use established curriculum modules from vetted vendors. This session will also provide a forum for discussion of issues such as: If the business plan submitted by a student is still quite rough does that mean they should fail the course? What do we really mean by entrepreneurship education effectiveness and how should it be measured? Is the only measure the immediate creation of a profitable new start up business? What kind of student data should be tracked? Should institutional program reviews be different for entrepreneurship programs? As NACCE colleagues we can help each other immensely with our open conversations and sharing of both the successes and the misfires in working with the highly creative, independent and sometimes unpredictable entrepreneurship learner.
Belinda Kolb, Ph.D., ABD, Manager, Entrepreneurship Program, Laramie County Community College, WY