Entrepreneurial Learning
In OPEDUCA Entrepreneurship is seen as the will and ability to turn ideas into action, to create, to see and manifest something that has not been there before. To boldly go ...
Entrepreneurship is based on creativity, daring to set goals, to empower and trust, cooperate with others, realize mutual goals, add value to a cooperation and to society at large.

The development of youngsters' capacities to turn their ideas into action and by doing so develop entrepreneurial knowledge and skills, is an integral part of the OPEDUCA approach. In the course of The OPEDUCA Project the set of activities youngsters, schools and industry tried out, tested and brought to very promising results, has been named 'OPEDUCA Businessclass'. As the project evolves information on the why, what and how of OPEDUCA Businessclass will be presented through this page.

Through the Program Element 'OPEDUCA BusinessClass' entrepreneurship becomes an integral part of in- and out of school education.
From Entrepreneurship courses
Learning to be Entrepreneurial
Entrepreneurial Learning is about developing a Mindset

In OPEDUCA we start our approach when it comes to Entrepreneurial Learning not from the 'business'-perspective but from personal development.

Following from there the first added value of Entrepreneurial Learning lies in engaging and motivating students through real life learning experiences, feeding their will to develop, to learn, thus enriching their education. These experiences are for a part 'organized' in the Program-element OPEDUCA BusinessClass, where economy and job creation are factors addressed parallel to the stimulation of innovation through the further development of their creative skills and competences.

As everything in OPEDUCA connects logical to the other in this holistic tough practical approach, this part of students' talent-development is linked to empowering and enabling them to create societal value and take up societal challenges. See amongst others our view

on Community Based Learning.

The entire entrepreneurial mindset the OPEDUCA-approach brings forth eventually feeds the youngsters' capacity and trust to understand and take a pro-active attitude towards Sustainable Development at large - enabling and empowering them to be(come) the entrepreneurs of a more sustainable future.

Wether presenting at school ...

Or before a visiting audience ...

Or on stage before a live audience and Jury ...

Going out there on 'stage', however small or big, presenting how you bring your thoughts to action, is an essential aspect of Entrepreneurial Learning in OPEDUCA.

As the OPEDUCA Project offers  a set of guidelines and concrete actions that can be molded into a program for the full scale transition of Education and Schooling, including Technology Learning, Deep Learning and addressing 21st Century Skills, entrepreneurship is a key-pillar the concept is based on.

“Individuals that have never touched a keyboard or who have no idea exactly what an email is have heard about Steve Jobs and Bill Gates. They are known throughout the world as entrepreneurs who have changed the world through their innovation “ (Brockhaus, 2001, p. 1). Although these persons help us in identifying what entrepreneurship is and what an entrepreneur looks like, they forget to show that there can be some sort of an entrepreneur in all of us.
Today we can find education in many different forms, some theoretical and some more practically oriented, such as entrepreneurial education. Both education and entrepreneurship are a part of the society that is highly exposed to change. Therefore, the development of education is of high importance for the future society.

David Rae

Executive Dean, Research & Knowledge Exchange
Bishop Grosseteste University / Nottingham Trent University

The European definition of entrepreneurial learning:  development of entrepreneurial attitudes, skills and knowledge that enable the individual to turn creative ideas into action. Entrepreneurship is not only related to economic activities and business creation, but more widely to creating value in all areas of life and society, with or without a commercial objective.

In the course of "The OPEDUCA Project Europe" 2013-2016, funded under the EU Program ERASMUS+, schools in 8 European countries in a partnerschip of 19 regions successfully tried out and further developed OPEDUCA BusinessClass.

The Entrepreneurial Mindset

The traditional career path is an anachronism. Statistics show 40 to 50 percent of students entering college in 2016 will be self-employed or will freelance at some point in their careers, according to a study commissioned by Intuit. The economy, students’ desires and the world’s expectations of students are all very different than what I faced when I graduated college.

Neil Kane

first director of undergraduate entrepreneurship and innovation

Helping Students Develop an Entrepreneurial Mindset

About three years ago, a student approached me before class.
“Mr. Spencer, I heard that you wrote a children’s book.”
I nodded. “I co-wrote it with my wife and then we self-published it.”
“Can you teach me how to publish my own novel?”
I launched into a brief elevator pitch about character development, conflict, and suspense. Afterward, she said, “I get that but I want to know how you actually publish a book.”

John Spencer

Assistant Professor Educational Technology Coordinator
Graduate Teaching and Leading Department

Entrepreneurial Learning works across disciplines

Entrepreneurial learning occurs both in and out of the classroom, within dynamic environments where knowing intersects with making and creative experimentation, where students and faculty learn together through productive application of knowledge.
Entrepreneurial Learning works across disciplines and teaches:

opportunity recognition
comfort with risk
creativity and innovation
future orientation
flexibility and adaptability
initiative and self-reliance
critical thinking and problem solving
communication and collaboration

Youth Leadership

Youth leadership is the practice of teens exercising authority over themselves or others.
Youth leadership has been eleborated upon as a theory of youth development in which young people gain skills and knowledge necessary to lead civic engagement, education reform and community organizing activities. Countless programs around the world seek to teach young people particular skills associated with leadership, particularly those programs associate with youth voice or youth empowerment.