Program for entrepreneurship educators delivers experiential learning to global audience

The JCU entrepreneurship program and IT team are collaborating to spread entrepreneurship education around the world through a unique experiential program. 

A Program for Entrepreneurship Educators

The entrepreneurship program has been at the forefront of experiential education for almost a decade, and the COVID-19 pandemic pushed JCU’s Dr. Doan Winkel, the John J. Kahl, Sr. Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship, to experiment with different ways of sharing his pedagogical approach with educators.

As part of the ( Summer Summit, Dr. Winkel, conducted a live entrepreneurship exercise in JCU’s Burton D. Morgan Foundation Entrepreneurship and Creativity classroom. 

Nearly 350 professors from more than 100 countries attended the Summer Summit! They observed and interacted with Winkel and JCU students via Zoom and a Double robot that Winkel’s cofounder, Justin Wilcox, was driving around the classroom from his home in California.

The Value of Experiential Learning in Entrepreneurship

Professional development for entrepreneurship educators usually happens through passive learning at annual conferences or a variety of webinars and online courses. These formats are woefully inadequate, so Winkel, Wilcox, and another cofounder, Federico Mammano, decided to create an interactive experience in one classroom from which teachers anywhere in the world could learn through live observation. 

As one teacher mentioned, “I loved watching other teachers and students — it is the best way for me to learn.” Another shared that, “The live [demonstration] was invaluable, even down to room arrangement.”

Reaching a Global Audience from Cleveland, Ohio

Chetan Kapoor, JCU’s Director of Instructional Technology, worked tirelessly to build a seamless technological experience for the international audience. The team is at the forefront of experiential learning, but they are always pushing the envelope to empower more educators to deliver a richer learning experience to students around the globe. 

One of the JCU entrepreneurship students observed that, “[The students participating] seemed to take the class more seriously. I could tell there was a lot more energy in the room than in most of my classes. I think it was because we knew people from around the world were watching. It made me pay more attention, and I really enjoyed the experience!”

Your Future in Education

John Carroll University (JCU) offers an Educational Leadership program that prepares working educators for a master’s degree in education (M.Ed.) and to earn their Principal Licensure. This degree program, which can be completed while working full time, provides a broad range of knowledge related to becoming an education leader who can support their staff, students and community at large.

JCU is a private Jesuit university located in University Heights, Ohio, near Cleveland.