It can be argued that the educational landscape is being disrupted in how we teach entrepreneurs. For example, Startup Weekend has now served well over 200,000 would-be entrepreneurs in their 54-hour events; one can get an altMBA from Seth Godin in just four weeks for $3,000; and guys like Gary Vaynerchuk go so far as to argue that his website might replace entrepreneurship at universities as the ‘ultimate education if you are interested in business’.
But do these examples really point to a disruption in how we teach and learn entrepreneurship? Is it possible that if well understood and properly framed, these disruptions might present an opportunity for academia and program leaders in our ecosystems to lead the disruptive charge?
This engaging session is part talk and part guided discussion. It is designed for entrepreneurship educators, people who coach entrepreneurs, and centre directors from any discipline, on and off campuses. This workshop will tackle popular assumptions and media pronouncements about the future of entrepreneurship education and fostering innovation; provide tools and an actionable framework for leading the design and assessment of tomorrow’s entrepreneurial learning experiences; and build a cohort among participants and encourage them to seek opportunities for collaboration.
At the end of this workshop, participants will:
- Learn a new perspective on the state of education for innovation and entrepreneurship, based less on what is popular in the mainstream media and more on currently leading-edge examples analyzed through the lens of accepted and practical theories of innovation and education;
- Be able to put to work some fundamental tools for building their own learning environments to foster innovation and entrepreneurship among their learners;
- Have built or strengthened relationships with peers also teaching and running programs for innovation and entrepreneurship in and around the city; and
- Know where to look for next steps, more tools and approaches, and exemplars both from our ecosystem and around the world.
Dr. Alex Bruton is a professor in the Schulich School of Engineering. He’s been fortunate to speak and lead workshops around the world, including a TEDx talk on Innovation Literacy and an invited talk at Google, and he's been recognized as Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year in Canada. Through his workshops, he aims – simply – to foster collaboration and help inspire people into action.
This workshop is presented by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Schulich School of Engineering, in partnership with the Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2017.