Course design for college entrepreneurship education - from personal trait analysis to operation in practice

Hsin Te Wu, Mu Yen Chen

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Abstract

Nowadays, many countries are promoting entrepreneurial education or the "innovation, entrepreneurship, and creativity" education. Entrepreneurial education can enhance a nation's economic competitiveness and give rise to new business. At the moment, entrepreneurial courses are mostly designed by school teachers; however, while school teachers may possess business experience, they lack in entrepreneurial experience. Hence, entrepreneurial education courses call for experts with entrepreneurial experience to contribute to course designs and assist with course teachings. Entrepreneurial education not only improves a student's entrepreneurial skills, but also enables each student to explore their personal characteristics in order to advance the collaboration efficacy of the team as a whole. This study asked six experts with entrepreneurial experience in the information industry to work with school teachers in course design as well as teaching collaboration. The course design starts with three talk sessions given by professionals who share with students their thoughts and experiences in entrepreneurial products, team organization, fund raising, and profit calculation. Following that, each student is asked to share their own thoughts on entrepreneurial products and start searching for team members and planning their project. During the course, each team receives six individual advising sessions from the professionals, with topics ranging from product modeling, feasibility, product market estimation, fundraising methods, and profit calculation. The experts also provide each team member with personal trait analysis. Last but not least, the course invites five management-level industry professionals to play the role of venture capital investor, and evaluate each team's product modeling based on their presentation. This study reviews the grades given by the experts as well as the evaluations given by the three industry managers to assess whether the entrepreneurial education course's student entrepreneur teams satisfy the industry's expectations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1016
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Volume10
Issue numberJUN
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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