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Enterprise through education innovation

New: The Embedded Exchange, 3rd December 12.45, Council Chamber, Main Building [register]


From the essence of our graduates being able to make ideas happen, Cardiff University Enterprise aim to support the development of contextualised discipline led enterprise related attributes, so that students’ can go on to make a difference.  Cardiff University Enterprise offers specialist curriculum development support for the embedding of attributes associated with enterprise and entrepreneurship.  

Enterprise has a connection to employability, innovation, commercialisation, knowledge transfer and business start-up and therefore can be considered a graduate attribute.  Enterprise can be linked to a range of intellectual, emotional and social skills that allow for the application of creative ideas and innovations.  It can include ideas development, taking the initiative, critical thinking, identifying opportunities, innovation, problem solving, making things happen, networking, communication, strategic thinking and decision making.  Graduate attributes associated with enterprise link to a learner’s capacity for innovative thinking.  Enterprise often involves a sense of ‘practical action’, whereas entrepreneurship is more readily associated with business venture creation.  

The strategy adopted by Cardiff University Enterprise is not to bolt-on, but to work with academics to contextualise enterprise for their own discipline.  In this way the attributes developed have a relevance to the discipline, can allow for advanced subject understanding and appear to gain strong student feedback.


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Colleagues from across the institution can expect to;
• Recognise new approaches to enterprise and employability education
• Outline ideas for embedded attribute development
• Develop ideas for advancing one’s own teaching for attribute development
• Consider the practical concept of contextualising skills for deeper learning and employability

Colleagues from across our institution are supplementing knowledge based teaching with attribute development approaches that allow students’ to identify opportunities, develop ideas, become problem solvers and critical thinkers who go on to make a difference.  The Exchange aims to bring together academics to share knowledge, and explore opportunities for advancing teaching that develops a capability to be more enterprising and innovative.

  • 3rd December 2014 | 2nd February 2015 | 13th May 2015
  • Council Chamber, Main Building 
  • 12.45-14.45pm [lunch from 12.45pm; start time 1pm]

Each of the dates will open by briefly outlining the current drivers before moving to the presentation of an active example from those involved.  The latter part of the session will offer a practical opportunity to gain insight in to developing one’s own curricula. Each of the dates will offer a different case example outlined by an academic, and where possible, the students who are the recipients of the advanced learning approach.    

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What do we offer by way of support to academic staff?

Discipline/enterprise alignment meetings: Future development often starts with discussion on the themes being taught and aligned to the development of graduate attributes through enterprise.  Publications and case examples maybe used to facilitate discussion.  Meetings may progress to initiate the structuring of new pedagogic interventions and assessment through clear lesson planning.

Embedded Enterprise Exchange: An open peer sharing forum for the discussion of discipline led advancements in pedagogy and assessment.  The Exchange may contain internal or external examples outlined by students or staff, provocational discussion groups, development exercises and informal networking [register]

Group based curriculum innovation: Tailored group development opportunities can be delivered using practical examples and exercises that allow for reflection on curriculum development opportunities through enterprise related pedagogic advancement.

Review of Enterprise in Curricula: Detailed educational objectives for enterprise can be used to review a module and aid reflection on the development of graduate attributes.  The level of opportunity for enterprise related development can be expressly outlined against QAA (Sept, 2012) benchmarks. 

Student feedback: With the aim of future development, student focus groups and a review of reflective work for enterprise capability development can be supported.  


Drivers


Case examples of enterprise education


Contact Cardiff University Enterprise's Neil Coles or Jahanara Begum via telephone 02920781442 or email enterprise@cardiff.ac.uk | Cardiff University Enterprise is part of Careers & Employability, Student Support & Wellbeing

Neil Coles is the HEA sponsored EEUK/NCEE National Enterprise Educator of the Year 2013/14