The stated purpose of this learning module is "... to critically examine the emergence and characteristics of the stress on 'enterprise'." Ultimately, the intent is for students to ponder and discuss the meaning of "enterprise" and "entrepreneurship," and how the concepts may relate to their own lives both now and in the future. In particular, the developer is interested in motivating students to become more enterprising in their own lives. The module is a component of a "Sociology of Leisure" course.
Type of Material:
The module is a learning object consisting of nine slides with extensive text and occasional hypertext links to related online materials.
Use this in lieu of a lecture on the topic or as a review material after reading a text or other lecture.
No special plug-ins are necessary.
Identify Major Learning Goals:
The major goal appears to lie in identifying what it means to be "enterprising," with particular emphasis on instilling this virtue in learners themselves. It identifies the benefits and costs of enterprise activities and what is necessary (e.g. social and cultural capital) to become a successful entrepreneur. Emphasis is also placed on how learners can identify their own skills and experiences, and better market themselves to prospective employers.
Target Student Population:
High school and college students in general.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
Basic knowledge of sociology terms.
The learning object acquaints students with concepts of "enterprise" and "entrepreneurship" and how they can relate to their own personal development. It likewise suggests broad practical steps students may pursue to promote self-development.
The learning object is a modest attempt to enlist student thinking about these concepts. It does not provide substantial detail about the meaning of the concepts as they apply to business activity nor other areas of life. Neither does it provide much detail about what students can do at a practical level regarding personal development. There are no citations or references.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The learning object has the potential to spark thinking and class discussion about these issues. The presentation has a good summary slide that outlines objectives, intended audience and how the presentation may be used. Teachers can quickly assess if this material is in line with their goals for a course.
It is not a stand-alone learning resource. It would need to be significantly supplemented by instructor explanation and elaboration to work effectively. Also, it does not provide for assessment.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Very easy to use, does not require any downloads. Students will quickly learn the navigation tools and will be able to find specific content in a timely manner. It allows students to access additional resources through hyptertext links.
Students read the material, move on to the next slide and work their way through the material. It is not particularly engaging and students may quickly go through it just to get it done without really considering or thinking about the content. Additionally, some of the links within the presentation do not work properly.
Other Issues and Comments:
Some of the links within the presentation do not work properly.
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