UWC and University of Florida: Design of an interactive, collaborative online environment (EESA)

Lecturers from UWC (School of Business and Finance) and the University of Florida (Warrington College of Business Administration) have created a collaborative online environment, namely, Entrepreneurship Empowerment in South Africa (EESA). Students from both institutions, engaged in this Programme, aim to become professionals in the field of Entrepreneurship (especially to contribute meaningfully to historically disadvantaged South African Entrepreneurs).

The online environment has been structured to enable group activities, whereby the diverse students consult and meet regarding and including: professional consultation approaches; challenges and opportunities for clients; analysis of the environment; and tangible deliverables according to clients’ needs.

Lecturers from the School of Business and Finance plans a face-to-face fieldwork experience (6 weeks) for students from both institutions. The learning experiences attained within the field enables the lecturer to structure an interactive online environment. Lecturer, Michael Morris structures the related course material (articles, lecture slides, consulting tips, team solutions) according to weekly activities.

For example, students are expected to journal fieldwork experiences in a form of an online diary over a period of time. Furthermore, the student engages in a daily writing activity and is expected to contextualise experiences within specific case studies and the broader Entrepreneurship landscape.

The overall design of this collaborative initiative reflects careful selection of eTools, alignment of content and related weekly practical activities; and not mere ‘dumping’ of content within an online Learning Management System (LMS).

This Programme aims to produce students as Michael Morris (EESA Director) states, who are able to “build a relationship of trust, credibility and integrity”.

Please contact the CIECT team to design a structured interactive online environment.

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