BEST Institut organised July 11th SETTLE (Social Entrepreneurship Training via ICT Learning Environments)-ME2 with 17 participants representing training and/ or social enterprises, 9 of them women The programme foresaw a short introduction to the project, dissemination of project details (in particular the following Intellectual Outputs and documents available that day were discussed:
- O1. Learning and training for social entrepreneurship. European approach;
- O2. European learning pathway on social entrepreneurship – a draft document for
the development of the learning paths;
- O3. SETTLE Lab Open platform for learning on social entrepreneurship/ i.e. social
media presentation available at this stage.
A closing discussion with participants on the project gave feedback to those results. In general, the participants liked the project idea and materials and were positive to have the report available to see activities in other countries. Contributions to the websites/ platform are expected in the near future.
This document contains a summary on the ME2 event on the following pages.
2. Objectives to this event
*to disseminate results available at the moment of presentation;
*to add any aspects to the reported analysis of social entrepreneurship in Austria, training and learning, references (particularly ICT representations) or practices/ case studies;
*to find possible further conclusions on support of the SETTLE project.
3. About the participants
The following types of participants were invited:
– (social) entrepreneurs,
– Trainees and students;
– Trainers and experts on (social) entrepreneurship, key skills and competence development and definition, training/activities;
– Policy makers and stakeholders,
4. Presented results and feedback
The IO1 Learning and training for social entrepreneurship was presented and then discussed. Particularly trainers were interested in the results and availability of training (material) from other countries in the European Union. They confirmed the main outcomes from the Austrian research,
could not bring further conclusions to it other than they were not using e-Learning for in their teaching.
They particularly mentioned their interest in finding material in the future on the SETTLE virtual platform (O3). Based on the output also the process on social entrepreneurship in Austria was discussed and the necessity for a social entrepreneurship curriculum at different levels, possibly starting with the very young ones who would also be very used to eLearning from school. For future generations, recommendations on VR contents were recommended, as well as a game-based approach. Only one participant was aware of initiatives presented. During Q&A sessions, the participants were asked to also consider strengths, advantages and potentials on promoting the social entrepreneurship, how the perceived the project, as well as which challenges they saw.
Social entrepreneurs have not been involved in specific training marketed as social entrepreneurship training and confirmed the interview sample in Austria from the national report. The trainers provided different training – subjects as well as training formats and appreciated having an overview from other countries as well. ICT – e/m or blended learning was not really promoted by them and they confirmed the project platform could bring good advantages to themselves, as well as to their learners. Related to
fees, they did not see good possibilities for lower grades but at university level they agreed fees could be suitable for respective contents at high quality. The more formal education institutions should be addressed and the younger the learners would be, the less they saw people pay for their attendance. For higher education, a business model was suggested to be drafted by the partnership reflecting on those possibilities considering:
- Value Propositions
- Customer Relationships
- Revenue streams
- Key Resources
- Key Activities
- Key Partners
- Cost Structure
Related to the length of the documents presented, the majority of participants were hesitant if a condensed version would be more appealing and inviting to readers – as they would rather not read all of it. Suggestions came not to present the report as PDF document but as online text with hyperlinks that could be read without following all chapters. Also future testing involvement was appreciated to have limitation in time available (needed); self-guided learning was suggested to be considered more, particularly for higher levels and entrepreneurs. Suggestions on online presence was not further commented. The comments on the other dissemination material available were very positive as they found all very appealing.
5. Conclusions found in ME2
Project and results presented were estimated in general to be of high interest; recommendations given related to the production of interesting contents for a variety of curricula implementation needed in Austria in most education levels labelled ‘social entrepreneurship. Modern approaches – e.g. game based learning, inclusion of Virtual Reality – were recommended to attract young learners now, seen as necessity for any fee-based training (and future learners more experienced then in online learning). No further input to training was collated, few known. They were in general interested in receiving further details, partly in future involvement during the project.