Volume 6 Issue 13
October 8, 2013
TEACHING TIP FOR WORK ORIENTED LEARNING:
devise a Dragons' Den assessment task
Dr WILL HARVEY | Senior Lecturer University of Exeter Business School
Teaching Matters recently spoke with former Business School Work and Organisational Studies lecturer Dr Will Harvey from his new post at the University of Exeter:
I am teaching an undergraduate course called business awareness which is encouraging students to have a better understanding of core business and management concepts as well as providing them with the necessary tools to prepare for the labour market. One new assessment which I am trialling this year is a Dragons' Den assignment, based on the popular BBC show. Here, I split students off into medium sized groups of about 6 people at the beginning of the term and they have two assignments. One assignment is to come-up with a new business product or service which they will pitch to the rest of the class at the end of the semester. It must be a realistic business opportunity in that it could feasibly be developed by the group members and it must generate income and provide a return on investment. The other assignment is where the same group will act as the panel for the Dragons' Den for another group. Here, they are responsible for providing live constructive feedback and comments to the group pitching as well as submitting a one page report of their analysis and assessment of the other group's pitch. Both assessments draw on core aspects of this course, but also provide students with a lot of autonomy in terms of their choice of product or service. I typically provide at least 45 minutes of group time each week where students can plan and discuss the above assignments, and also receive feedback from me.
Our thanks to Will for sharing this idea designed to impact positively on the career-readiness of students.
Editor's note: Dragons' Den is a series where budding entrepreneurs are given three minutes to pitch their business ideas to potential investors. For more information see for example wiki/Dragons
PLEASE NOTE APPLICATIONS FOR 2013 TEACHING AWARDS CLOSE ON 15TH OCTOBER, 2013.
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