Compared to last year…
Fall represents a breath of fresh air.
Here are some tips to make the most of it!
#1 Students are Eager to Engage
After a year of isolation and online learning, students are craving interaction.
Students don’t want lectures – they want experiences.
Your students are already be primed to engage. To take advantage, replace your lectures with interactive experiences.
Whether you compile your own exercise or use a cohesive toolset like the Experiential Entrepreneurship Curriculum (ExEC) you can tap into your students’ excitement using structured activities to build their entrepreneurial skills. For example:
- Idea generation exercises to fulfill customer needs
- Games to develop customer interviewing skills
- Easy-to-understand financial models
- Tools to build MVPs
- Pitches that celebrate their learning process, not just the outcomes
Whether your class is:
- 8 weeks or 15 weeks
- Online or in-person
- Undergraduate or graduate
ExEC’s award-winning exercises can help you engage your students this fall.
#2 Structure + Consistency
When everything turned upside down last year, it became clear how much structure and consistency help students learn and decrease anxiety. As you look toward fall, consider…
How can you create more structure and consistency to facilitate better outcomes?
Whether it’s through:
- A cohesive set of topics
- Well-organized schedule
- Objective rubrics
- or LMS integration
Students benefit from having a consistent, structured environment to develop their skills.
To that end, ExEC is fully experiential and extremely well-organized:
Plus with ExEC’s LMS integration, prepping for your class is easy. With a couple clicks, you upload yourr entire class into your LMS so you have time to dive into the detailed lesson plans.
Teach your students what real-world experiments look like by modeling them in your class:
- Identify something you’d like to improve in your class (e.g. engagement, quality of student ideas, financial modeling acumen, etc.).
- Select a metric to assess the element you’d like to improve (e.g. number of students participating in discussions, number of ideas that are needs-based, realism of financial models, etc.).
- Let your students know you treat your class like a business – you consistently run experiments to optimize the experience for your customers (i.e. the students).
- Change something in your course to move your metric (e.g. try a different curriculum, implement a new exercise, etc.).
- Compare the results to a previous class (i.e. did your metric improve?).
- Share the results with your students (i.e. let them know what you were trying to improve, what changes you make, and how they impacted the class).
Modeling real-world experiments to your students will encourage them to run their own experiments, and improve the learning experience for students and the quality of their outcomes!
Give Your Students Engagement, Quality, and Structure
ExEC is an award-winning, peer-reviewed, experiential curriculum that engages students in building entrepreneurial skills.
Try ExEC this Fall.
In upcoming posts, we will share more engaging resources we are developing for entrepreneurship educators to transform their classrooms!
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