An Interactive Learning Workshop to Share an Experiential Approach to Entrepreneurship Education
The objective of this presentation is to share the experience of using an experiential learning pedagogy in an entrepreneurship course. The idea behind using this approach was based on my own experiences as an entrepreneur. I had lived first-hand through the pressures, heartaches and rewards of the entrepreneurial process but could not transfer this excitement through the traditional teaching pedagogies to my students. Four years ago, I decided to experiment using the experiential pedagogy. Students in this third year course set-up and manage “real” entrepreneurial ventures. Experiential Learning is a highly effective method for increasing student engagement and allows for learning through hands-on experience. Many business schools around the world have successfully used this approach. However, its use for an entrepreneurship course is innovative and as such needs to be shared with the learning community. The intended target audience will consist of university/college teachers, instructional and curriculum developers and teaching assistants. This audience will share experiences and information in similar courses to gain knowledge for continuous improvement of courses in the future. The session will be interactive and involve a presentation, group discussion, participation activities and hands-on learning opportunities for the audience.
Keywords: Teaching Pedagogy, Experiential Learning, Entrepreneurship Education
Dr. M. Nauman Farooqi
Associate Professor, Department of Commerce