Alternate Reality Teaching of Entrepreneurship
Looking Glass is a new type of learning simulation for entrepreneurship that puts students in the role of entrepreneurs after the company founder that hired them mysteriously quits. Using our platform over three weeks in real time, students navigate strategic issues, legal challenges, and personnel decisions that tied to a dozen learning objectives – from understanding team structure to dealing with feedback from early customers. So far, a total of 270 MBAs, undergraduates, and part-time students played the game entirely anonymously (selecting their own names and identities), allowing them to experiment with leadership styles and approaches. Engagement was very high: students sent over 30,000 emails and chats, and 2/3 of students surveyed indicated that Looking Glass was more engaging than traditional teaching methods, including cases. Looking Glass will be available widely in early 2017 for classroom use, more information will be available here.
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The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration
The winner of the award for 2017 is Dr. Charlotte R. Ren, Associate Professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and Senior Fellow at Wharton School’s Mack Institute for Innovation Management, for her graduate course entitled “The Social Entrepreneurial Approach to Community Reintegration”. This example of innovative pedagogy is part of a program called PREP (Penn Restorative Entrepreneurship Program), which Dr. Ren designed and launched at University of Pennsylvania while on a 3-year visiting professorship there. The program is geared towards helping formerly incarcerated individuals become legitimate entrepreneurs.
Our award winner Dr. Charlotte R. Ren has generously shared some example material for our members who are interested in innovating their teaching. The material can be found in the following links: