Entrepreneurship in Education Live Projects

Dinah Griffiths, Catherine Tarling, Rhiannon Packer, Jane Newby

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This special issue is a collaboration with “ETCToolkit” www.etctoolkit.org.uk
The “Enhancing the Curriculum (ETC) Toolkit” was developed as a free resource to support educators, seeking to develop skills and knowledge in their learners through their teaching techniques and pedagogical approach.
Funded UK Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) ETCToolkit was researched, designed and delivered by University of South Wales to establish a legacy of the work undertaken by the Enterprise Support Programme.
The Toolkit brings together a bank of readily available resources to offer inspiration and support to staff as they look to use new approaches within the curriculum to extend subject knowledge, develop confidence and build skills within learners.
Building upon the UK Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) ‘Subject Benchmarking Statements’, the ETC Toolkit identifies enterprise skills that can be developed within each subject discipline. The Subject Benchmarks provided a universal structure, which could be applied to all HE disciplines, creating a method of linking the toolkit materials with specific and tailored QAA Subject Guidance on skill development.
Users are then guided to a range of “tried and tested” teaching technique guides that support the development of these skills. The guides are complemented by real-life subject-based case examples. Both the “how to guides” and the “case examples” are classified against the QAA “Enterprise and Entrepreneurship: Guidance for Higher Education Providers” (2012) http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/enterprise-entrepreneurship-guidance.pdf to highlight which of the 7 enterprise/entrepreneurship themes they support. The themes are
1. Creativity and Innovation
2. Opportunity recognition, creation and evaluation
3. Decision making supported by critical analysis and judgement
4. Implementation of ideas through leadership and management
5. Reflection and Action
6. Interpersonal Skills
7. Communication and Strategy Skill
In order to ensure that this tool was beneficial to the sector, it has been “built by educators, for educators” and therefore submissions have been sought from educators in order to showcase genuine practice. Since launching in Sept 2015, the toolkit now has over 200,000 words, across over 200 resources, contributed by over 80 expert contributors. Seeking support and input from the sector was an approach that afforded an opportunity to link with the EEEJ and this Special Edition has been created. We would like to thank the EEEJ Board, and all our contributors for supporting ETCToolkit in its development, and we invite you to enjoy this Special Issue, and welcome your future contributions to EEEJ and @ETCtoolkit in the future.
Thank you
Emma Forouzan, ETC Project Manager, University of South Wales
Alison Price, Enterprise Evolution
Original languageEnglish
Article number10
Pages (from-to)46-50
Number of pages5
JournalExperiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal
Issue numberSI-ETC
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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