Entrepreneurship Education

Duration 25 hours


This Open Courses is based on the 2016 EntreComp competence framework understanding of entrepreneurship as a transversal key competence applicable by individuals and groups across all spheres of life. It defines entrepreneurship as acting upon opportunities and ideas and transforming them into value for others. The created value can be financial, cultural, or social.

The content of the Open Courses will address the why; what and how of entrepreneurship education. The badge begins with an insight into what entrepreneurship is about, the language of entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial competencies and why these are important to understand as a means of identifying what skills and competencies should be incorporated into an entrepreneurship education curriculum. The Open Courses will allow you to explore how these skills can be developed through teaching and pedagogical methods. The challenges encountered in the design, delivery and assessment of entrepreneurship education will then be explored.

You’ll Learn to

  • Have awareness of the importance of EE and what it involves 
  • Appreciate the entrepreneurial mind-set and entrepreneurial competencies 
  • Understand the different strategies involved in teaching entrepreneurship, including teaching in non-business disciplines 
  • Understand the different strategies involved in assessing entrepreneurship, including non-business settings 

On earning your open badge award for this course, you will have achieved further recognition in the following domains of the National Professional Development Framework for Staff who Teach:

  • Domain 1 The Self At the core of the domains is the centrality of ‘the Self’, recognising that the professional and personal values that the individual brings to their teaching are pivotal in their development as a teacher.
  • Domain 2 Professional Identity, Values and Development in Teaching and Learning focuses on the consideration of professional and/or disciplinary identity in given contexts. The domain supports critical reflection, recognising that an individual’s professional identity can change at different stages of their career.
  • Domain 4 Professional Knowledge and Skills ensures the individual remains current in terms of their professional/disciplinary knowledge and can implement teaching, learning and assessment approaches which promote active learning and are underpinned by a strong evidence base.

Course Developers

This open course has been developed by the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education in partnership with:

Dr Breda Kenny

Munster Technological University

Prof Colette Henry

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Dr Peter Tiernan

Dublin City University

Dr Therese Moylan

Dun Laoghaire Institute Of Art Design + Technology

Dr Kathleen Farrell

Technological University Dublin

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Developer Materials (OER)

All materials generated during the development of this open course have been created (or adapted, subject to licence permissions) for use under a CC BY-NC 4.0 licence as open education resources (OER).

Individuals are free to use, share, repurpose, and remix this material. Materials may include face-to-face workshop materials and eLearning materials.

Important: Individuals are required to hold an open course facilitator badge to be eligible to issue open course badges. Learn more