This is going to be an unusual term. At least the first two courses, that is essentially September and October, are going to be 'distant' without campus presence. This means we will be Developing Opportunities remotely, connecting via internet, using digital technologies, exploring new ways of connecting and sharing our ideas, progress, achievements, and failures (yes, entrepreneurship has those).
Distance, and geographically distributed learning is challenging. Interactive learning and actually 'doing' entrepreneurship across distance is even more challenging.
We want to avoid teaching to a distant void, and the disconnecting feelings this can create, so our syllabus is a combination of asynchronous activities you do individually, as a class, and in project groups:
- Synchronous Sessions. These learning activities keep you in sync and connected. They are designed to provide you with learning content and experiences, to help you get to know your peer cohort, and to keep you motivated when learning and developing remotely. Towards the end of the course, end of September, you will pitch your team's startup idea to the other course participants and faculty via zoom
- Asynchronous Project Work. You will work in teams on your own startup project over the course of the four weeks guided by weekly assignments on ideation, validation, and presentation.
- Online Platform From Start to Pitch for Project Sharing. You will have access to our website that uses the popular blogging platform Wordpress for your team project in which you will develop your own original business idea.
- Ongoing Communication. We will communicate on the communication platform Slack that is popular with entrepreneurs. Here you can post questions and content to channels, share interesting information, and connect in private team channels.
What to know and prepare for fall 2020
- Sessions will be at least partially in real time in order to be able to build a cohort community and retain an interactive element which is challenging in online education.
- Such synchronous sessions are set up via the internet across time zones. Most likely we will set specific session times that accommodate a wide range of time zones. For you this may mean that the sessions are early morning, during the day or in the evening depending on your location.
- The exact schedule is not yet know as we are redesigning the course to fit the different format.
- Please make sure that you have a good setup for this by the start of the course end of August:
- A quiet place for the sessions, a closed or otherwise quiet room. You should be stationary rather than walk around.
- Good audio and video equipment. Typically your computer camera and audio is sufficient but headsets may be useful.
- Inform yourself (or try it out) about good positioning and lighting. You may already know this; for example, avoid backlighting because nobody will be able to see your face.
- Download and practice with ZOOM which will be the platform we will be using for online sessions. I'll send out more information closer to the course start. Try out chat, mute on/off, and the different views such as speaker view.
- Virtual backgrounds are fun but tricky. Try it out.