Teaching online is harder:
- Your students (and you!) get Zoom fatigue
- Hybrid teaching provides extra challenges
- Students start to disengage
…and the whole thing takes more of your time to manage.
This spring, if you want to save time while engaging your students online, use “the best entrepreneurship curriculum available” – 15 weeks of structured, cohesive, interactive lessons that will engage your students.
Increase Student Engagement
ExEC is an experience, for both our professors and students. Instead of you having to talk at students, the exercises invite your students to learn by doing, so they engage themselves. For example, you can…
Engage Students in Ideation
In many entrepreneurship courses, students brainstorm ideas to work on based on a Bug List or some other sort of brainstorming exercise. These exercises don’t take advantage of students’ passions and can fail to engage them.
Ideation in ExEC starts with brainstorming their ideal customers. Your students start by understanding the emotional needs of people they are attached to (i.e. people they are passionate about helping). Those needs become the foundation of their business ideas, ensuring students are motivated throughout your course.
We know customers don’t buy products, they buy solutions to problems – and right now people’s problems have changed dramatically. The idea generation exercises within ExEC will your students how to identify new opportunities they’re excited about that are inspired by real-world problems.
Engage in Interviews Done Right
Entrepreneurship students must learn how to effectively talk to customers to discover and validate their problems. ExEC uses a three-step experiential process to engage students in this skill. First, students play a competitive game to learn what questions they should and should not ask.
When you run this exercise, your students will be immersed as they eagerly sort cards into different piles and compete with one another using their phones to see who can correctly answer the most questions, the fastest.
The second step is for students to practice their interview skills with their classmates. ExEC provides students with a robust interview script, which they’ll practice multiple times with their peers so they can feel more comfortable for step #3 – interviewing real customers.
Finally, for the third step, your students will students interview customers the right way, at which point…
The learning becomes real!
Give your students a structured framework to conduct their interviews increases their confidence and, as a result, ensures they don’t disengage when you ask them to step out of their comfort zone.
Make Hybrid Easier
For better or worse, hybrid teaching is the new normal. When you teach online or hybrid, with proper planning you can replicate the engagement of all the experiences you’d do in-person.
We built each class session, each activity, each homework assignment to bring our award-winning engagement into an online environment. With ExEC, you engage students through elements like:
- Virtual Post-It note exercises with all students simultaneously
- Class-wide discussions including everyone
- Small-group breakouts
Using a structured set of lessons like the ones in ExEC enables you to have modular exercises you can integrate into your online or hybrid course to ensure your class is engaging.
Plus ExEC offers fully online and hybrid course packages for you on:
- Brightspace / D2L
With the right curriculum and enough time to prepare, online learning can be better than in-person.
We will make your hybrid teaching easier.
If you’re teaching entrepreneurship online, you can have an engaging class without reinventing the wheel.
Keep Students Motivated
Students spend hours each day on Zoom listening to professors lecturing them. Then they spend hours each night on a computer completing homework and in group meetings. Zoom fatigue is a huge impediment to student engagement – our students have to make more emotional effort to appear interested, and the intense focus on sustained eye contact is exhausting.
Learning on Zoom isn’t fun. It isn’t exciting. Unless you can engage students with something like ExEC!
ExEC launches on day one with a super-engaging exercise called “Fear, Curiosity, and Toothbrushes”. Students interactively share their fears and curiosities about life after graduation. Professors map this information onto the syllabus to show students how the class will benefit them personally, in areas that matter to them.
The second part of this kickoff class is about normalizing failure, using the Toothbrush Design Challenge, which won the 2019 Excellence in Entrepreneurship Exercises Competition at the USASBE Annual Conference. Helping your students recognize the value of failed experiments now, early in the course, will help them make the most of the learning opportunities to follow immediately after this lesson.
The rest of the semester proceeds through a variety of high-energy experiences like the 60-Minute MVP, which one professor described as:
“. . . like a Navy Seal mental training exercise. Not sure it was that intense, but they were amazed and proud that they got it done.”
ExEC attacks topics students struggle with like finances with fun, game-like experiences like our Financial Projection Simulator.
From the first class session to the last class session, we keep you and your students excited and motivated
Make Spring Better
Spring can be more engaging and less stressful for your students. With a cohesive set of experiential:
- Lesson plans
- Sample slides
- Student exercises
- LMS templates
ExEC enables you to deliver an experience your students will never forget!