Micro-Credentials in Social Impact Entrepreneurship Education: An Action Learning Approach (73650)

Session Information: Nurturing Creativity & Innovation: New, Innovative & Radical Education
Session Chair: Nor Fadzleen binti Sa don

Thursday, 23 November 2023 18:35
Session: Session 6
Room: Room 708
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Due to the increased frequency of radical changes and new developments in society and the work environment, there is a rising demand for upskilling, reskilling, and reshaping job profiles. Micro-credentials are an aspiring new option to meet those constantly evolving requirements and foster employability with the potential to disrupt the higher education landscape. Additionally, higher education institutions strive to equip their students with needed transversal competencies, so-called soft skills. The Social Impact Start-Up Academy (SISTAC) applies an action learning format for students and entrepreneurs to teach social innovation in real cases and empower social impact start-ups from developing countries. We developed a comprehensive set of questionnaire items to evaluate the transversal competencies of students who participated in a SISTAC approach in social entrepreneurship education. The participants in this first part of the study are 40 master’s students in business administration from a local university in southern Germany. The treatment group attended an action-learning class, while the control group did not participate in any social entrepreneurship course. We already conducted the pre-treatment measurement, post-treatment follows in summer 2023, and we expect the first results from this research in fall 2023. The results shall provide evidence of how an innovative action-learning approach fosters transversal competencies in entrepreneurship education and how these can be aggregated into micro-credentials. We also expect the set of questionnaire items to measure transversal competencies for empirical research in sustainable business education to be useful for several educational contexts, especially for enabling and assessing novel creative educational approaches.

Vera Betz, Catholic University of Eichstätt Ingolstadt, Germany
Eva Wack, Catholic University Eichstätt Ingolstadt, Germany
André Habisch, Catholic University Eichstätt Ingolstadt, Germany
Martin Heinberg, Leeds University Business School, United Kingdom
Stefan Wilhelm, Independent Scholar, Germany

About the Presenter(s)
Mrs Vera Betz is a University Doctoral Student at Catholic University of Eichstätt Ingolstadt in Germany, living in Tokyo. She does research regarding Sustainability and Social Impact Education, especially Micro-Credentials.

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