There is a wide range available to assist you as you seek to 'enhance the curriculum'. The following resources provide specialised support for UK Higher Education which you may find useful.

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) can be found below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the QAA Guidance for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education?

This Guidance is intended to be of practical help to those working with students in higher education to foster their skills in enterprise and entrepreneurship and can be found: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/enterprise-entrepreneurship-guidance.pdf

QAA Guidance (2012) "Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education" for UK Higher Education Providers (2012) is not specific to any particular subject specialism or level, but is designed to help academics, educators and practitioners who are seeking to embed enterprise and/or entrepreneurship across the curriculum. QAA advise that this should be read in conjunction with the appropriate QAA Subject Benchmark Statement which can be found here: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

What are the QAA Enterprise themes?

The QAA Guidance for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education (2012) identifies seven thematic approaches which support the development of enterprising behaviour, attributes and skills.  These are recognised as highly interconnected essential requirements that can be used to articulate learning outcomes across a wider range of types of delivery. They 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

These can be found in more detail within the QAA Guidance for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2012) P18- 21 (http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/enterprise-entrepreneurship-guidance.pdf)

What are the QAA Subject Benchmarking statements?

AA Subject Benchmark Statements set out the expectations about standards of UK degrees in a range of subject areas. They describe what gives a discipline its coherence and identity, and define what can be expected of a graduate in terms of the abilities and skills needed to develop understanding or competence in the subject (QAA 2014). They can be found: http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/the-quality-code/subject-benchmark-statements

Can I contribute to the ETC Toolkit?

We invite you to submit your ‘tried and tested’ practice as either case studies of your work within particular subject specialisms, or as a generic “how to guide". 

Please submit your approach using the templates provided on our "contact us" and if you require any assistance to completing the template please refer to the online guidance at www.etctoolkit.org.uk or email us directly at hello@etctoolkit.org.uk

Can I publish my work?

After writing up your contribution for the ETC Toolkit, you may wish to consider sharing your approach through publication and will find a range of education focused outlets in your subject area focused upon teaching practice.

You may also wish to consider “Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal - Enabling More Active Entrepreneurial Classrooms Through Sharing, Learning, & Doing”.  This journal is a collection of peer-reviewed exercises that will engage your students in practicing the entrepreneurial mindset and skill set.  Author Guidelines are provided and more information can be found here: http://launchideas.org/

Why should I embed Enterprise Skills into my teaching?

There are many clear messages from Government, Education and Industry which support embedding enterprise and employability skills within Higher Education.  For further information and rationale:

Lord Young Enterprise for All (2014) www.gov.uk/government/publications/enterprise-for-all-the-relevance-of-enterprise-in-education

QAA (2012) Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education: Guidance for UK Higher Education providers Sept 2012 (p2-6)http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/enterprise-entrepreneurship-guidance.pdf

QAA Overview http://www.qaa.ac.uk/assuring-standards-and-quality/skills-for-employability

NESTA, CIHE, NCEE (2008) Developing Entrepreneurial Graduates http://ncee.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/developing_entrepreneurial_graduates.1.pdf

What impact can embedding enterprise have?

The QAA Guidance (2012) for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship provides insight and references regarding the potential impact of embedding practical skills and experience for employment into your teaching. 

Enterprise Educators UK (EEUK) provide examples from their UK membership of the impact of enterprise and entrepreneurship education in FE and HE.  These can be found: http://www.enterprise.ac.uk/index.php/case-studies

FE and Schools: Can I use the toolkit?

ETCToolkit was funded by Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) but there is lots for schools and colleges contained within!  Whilst some of the subject case examples may be HE specific, most of the "How to Guides" contain a range of approaches that will work well in any class environment, so take a look.

The QAA underpinning for this site is also focused on HE, but the QAA Enterprise Guidance document recognises the role for FE in developing enterprise skills, creating guidance for FE and HE which helped structure this site (QAA Enterprise Themes).

 

Specific Support for FE can be found below:

University of Leeds: http://lec.leeds.ac.uk/enterprise-by-example/
The Centre for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Studies have developed a free online resource for FE Schools & Colleges for any FE student to learn how to start a business and essential employability skills. This course is designed to support teaching these skills in an engaging and interactive way using videos, voting and quizes for teachers/students to interact with real-world issues & receive expert advice.

 

 

How can the ETC Toolkit help?

The ETC toolkit is designed to support you to make immediate changes throughout the teaching year, or to help develop and review your entire programme delivery to ensure that students are building skills and knowledge as they progress their learning.

Developing skills in the curriculum can enhance the student learning experience by building skills, knowledge and confidence.   Enterprise skills are defined by QAA (2012) as “the application of creative ideas and innovations to practical situations; combining creativity, ideas development and problem solving with expression, communication and practical action” (p8). Many of which are sought as graduate outcomes by professional bodies as well as under the QAA Guidance. The ETC Toolkit uses the QAA Guidance to highlight the skills sought within each subject and provides support to enable educators to embed new techniques in their teaching. By sharing the practice of educators, the ETC Toolkit supports educators with the “how to guides” and subject case examples needed to provide the inspiration and support.

Checking ownership

Before you submit your completed template to hello@etctoolkit.org.uk we strongly advise that you check your employer's copyright/ownership policy.  All materials submitted here are offered under the creative commons licence, and within the spirit of the ETCToolkit itself as being 'built by educators, for educators".  You must ensure that your institution/employer is aware of this dissemination of scholarly activity as a publication.

By offering materials to be uploaded to this site, you confirm you are the copyright owner or have permission from the copyright owner to disseminate this content via a creative commons licence facilitated by the ETCToolkit.

 

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