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What is an Open Educational Resource?
According to UNSECO, “Open Educational Resources (OERs) are any type of educational materials that are in the public domain or introduced with an open license. The nature of these open materials means that anyone can legally and freely copy, use, adapt and re-share them. OERs range from textbooks to curricula, syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, tests, projects, audio, video and animation.”
Why did we create this OER?
We believe that all students can benefit from increased adaptability. To this end, we have created educational materials that help students develop the seven key skills of entrepreneurial thinking. No matter what career a student embarks on, they will benefit from developing these seven skills.
We want to provide this educational material for FREE to ALL.
We also want students and instructors from around the world to collaborate on this platform to improve the impact of our OER.
Why is this different than all of the other entrepreneurship education platforms?
From our five years of working with other platforms, we encountered several challenges. Many entrepreneurial education programs are costly for students and the content of the programs does not focus on our seven entrepreneurial thinking skills. Many of the platforms were excellent in teaching students who were motivated entrepreneurs and self-selected into a course.
Our experience was different. In a mandatory course for all second year undergraduate business students (700+ a year), these existing platforms did not work. Challenges arose with grading, rubrics, academic rigour and assurance of learning, with the additional challenge that the majority of the students did not have a desire to be in the class. Failingforward.ca was created in order to address these challenges.
These two models describe the usual approach to entrepreneurial thinking versus the Failing Forward approach.
How was this created? How do we know it works?
We have developed this OER based on a scientific methodology that has validated our learning objectives statistically. Working with over 3000 students, we have been gathering data that demonstrates that our students are actually developing the seven key entrepreneurship skills. For more information please contact us. We are happy to review our methods and share our results!
Who should use it?
Our OER was created for the majority of students that are NOT motivated to start their own company. Our belief is that this large group of students should develop these skills. No matter what their career will be, our society will benefit from having adaptable and resilient problem solvers. From health care to policy creation, we need the next generation of leaders to be more efficient at solving our wicked problems.
While failingforward.ca was developed for business students, our goal is for all faculties to be able to use our OER, as we take the emphasis off of the start up and place it on skills development.
What are our next steps?
Failingforward.ca will be released globally in Winter 2019. We hope to see ample community feedback so we can quickly and continually improve our educational materials.
We also hope that the impact of this site will benefit many more students!