An Interactive Learning Workshop to Share an Experiential Approach to Entrepreneurship Education

Dr. M. Nauman Farooqi
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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
Stream: Economics and Management
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Dr. M. Nauman Farooqi

Associate Professor, Department of Commerce
Faculty of Social Sciences, Mount Allison University

Sackville, NB, Canada

Dr. M. Nauman Farooqi is an Associate Professor in the Department of Commerce and Coordinator of the Norway Exchange Program. During 2005-6 he also held the Directorship of Leadership Mount Allison at Mount Allison University in Canada. Dr. Farooqi received his MBA and PhD. (major finance, minor marketing) from St. Louis University, USA. Dr. Farooqi is an experienced teacher, trainer and senior manager with over thirteen years of professional experience in Canada, United States and other parts of the world. He was awarded the Paul Pare Excellence Award in recognition of excellence in both teaching and Research at Mount Allison University in 2005 and 2006. He was also the award winner for the Student Administrative Council’s Teaching Award for the Faculty of Social Sciences in 2005. He has been nominated for the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship in 2006 and for the Association of Atlantic Universities Teaching Excellence Award 2005. Dr. Farooqi has extensive teaching experience which includes MBA, Executive MBA and BBA/BCom level courses. He has conducted several training and consulting assignments, seminars and workshops for public and private sector companies. His research interests lie in the areas of teaching pedagogy and Informal Value Transfer Systems (IVTS).

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