Spears School hosts entrepreneurship faculty
from 29 states, 17 countries and 65 universities

by Spears School News Staff 
(September 26, 2012 at 10:44 am)

Logo of Experiential Classroom XIIIThere has been an explosion in entrepreneurship education across the globe. Universities have created majors, minors, concentrations, certificates and graduate degrees. A big challenge concerns the development of faculty to teach the courses and deliver the programs. To address this need, the Spears School of Business offers the Experiential Classroom, an intensive three-day program on best practices in entrepreneurship education.

Each year, 75 delegates are accepted into the program. For the 2012 program, they represented 29 states, 17 countries and 65 universities. These delegates include new faculty, seasoned educators who are retooling their curricula, and entrepreneurs entering the classroom for the first time to teach their trade. A wide variety of disciplines are represented, and this year 13 Coleman Fellows attended. These fellows are faculty from disciplines outside a business school who have received recognition from the Coleman Foundation.

Directed by Michael Morris, N. Malone Mitchell Chair in Entrepreneurship at Oklahoma State University, the Experiential Classroom was launched in 2000 and offers participants experiential teaching techniques, best classroom practices, networking opportunities and resources.

The program is resource-rich, with a wide range of teaching and curriculum building tools shared with the delegates. A diverse mix of modules on experiential learning include everything from the use of simulations and business models to case teaching, helping students master their creativity, and how to give a great lecture. The sessions are taught by 22 of the master educators and thought leaders in the field of entrepreneurship. On the third day of the program, the delegates actually teach, and 250 OSU students come in to play the role of students. The delegates are filmed and receive a critique of their teaching effort. 

 The impact of the program is captured in a comment from Dr. Kathaleena  Monds, from Albany State University, who said, “involvement in the EC XIII program was one of the most amazing experiences that I have had in my academic profession. The event rendered me with more than just content, processes, models, and approaches to teaching entrepreneurship education. The event offered me hope, joy, and a sense of understanding that possibility thinking does have a proper place in the academy.”

 For more information about the Experiential Classroom at Oklahoma State University’s School of Entrepreneurship, visit riata.okstate.edu/classroom.