Drawing on our experience of delivering a Google award-winning undergraduate project, we will show how technology can facilitate embedding enterprise into degree programmes, whilst the focus remains on the subject discipline. Through authentic assessments, our students connected with real audiences, creating and publishing online and via iTunes U informative, instructional content for A-Level students. Along the way, they developed a range of enterprise capabilities, including spotting and taking advantage of opportunities, recognising and working within constraints, and managing conflicting needs. They were required to think creatively, use initiative, network, collaborate, and cope with changing environments, whilst maintaining self-belief. We will explain how this led to deeper learning and engagement with the subject discipline, whilst equipping the students with transferable skills they are able to articulate and exemplify clearly. Delegates will hear how the enterprise opportunity led to increased motivation, higher order learning, and students setting high standards for themselves. They will learn about these benefits; see how technology can empower students to be enterprising; hear feedback directly from the students; and – most importantly – witness how surprisingly easy it is to run projects of this type, with almost no training for students or teachers, by using intuitive, integrated tools freely available from Google.

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Gary C. Wood
Enterprise Education Developer, University of Sheffield Enterprise

Graham McElearney
Senior Learning Technologist, Corporate Information & Computing Services, University of Sheffield

Richard Spencer
Faculty Support Assistant, Taught Programmes Office, University of Sheffield
Linguistics Graduate, School of English, University of Sheffield