Authentic Learning Experiences in Entrepreneurship: Engaging External Stakeholders

Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, February 2-5, 2016

UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2016MGMT02

13 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2016

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Martin J. Bliemel

Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation

Date Written: February 2, 2016

Abstract

This paper is a critical review of an entrepreneurship course that emphasizes experiential education via ‘flipped classroom’ methods. In particular, this paper explores the degree to which experiential learning opportunities and assessment tasks support authentic attainment of the courses’ Program Learning Outcomes (Outcomes). The present analysis summarizes a scaffolded approach to providing increasingly authentic learning experiences that sit at the intersection of entrepreneurship education and entrepreneurial practice, i.e., the learning experiences by students are indistinguishable from what ‘real’ entrepreneurs experience. One limitation to this approach is that authentic learning is contingent on the student’s level of engagement and their willingness to test their ideas outside the classroom with external stakeholders.

Keywords: entrepreneurship education, flipped classroom, authentic learning, accelerators

JEL Classification: M00, M13, O30, A20

Suggested Citation

Bliemel, Martin J, Authentic Learning Experiences in Entrepreneurship: Engaging External Stakeholders (February 2, 2016). Australian Centre for Entrepreneurship Research Exchange, February 2-5, 2016, UNSW Business School Research Paper No. 2016MGMT02, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2826331 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2826331

Martin J Bliemel (Contact Author)

Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation ( email )

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Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

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