BarCamp Scotland Edinburgh-Stanford Link eLearning Programme in Entrepreneurship

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Overview of the Edinburgh-Stanford Link's coming eLearning programme in entrepreneurship. School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Presented at BarCamp Scotland 2007.

Overview of the Edinburgh-Stanford Link's coming eLearning programme in entrepreneurship. School of Informatics, University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Presented at BarCamp Scotland 2007.

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  • 1. Online Entrepreneurship Courses The Edinburgh-Stanford Link Michael Clouser 03/03/2007 BarCamp Scotland
  • 2. What is the Link?
    • A research collaboration between Edinburgh and Stanford Universities into speech and language technology, and related disciplines.
    • Each research project is jointly carried out on both sides of the Atlantic.
    • Funded by Scottish Enterprise, the Link works with companies and organisations to make its research applicable to business.
    • One way it does this is by creating state-of-the-art prototypes with commercial potential.
    • The commercialisation process favours Scottish companies for one year, after which time, technologies can be marketed around the world.
  • 3. co-founder Michael Clouser
    • Associate w/ Edinburgh Stanford Link
      • Delivers entrepreneurial learning online and off
    • Ph.D. Student at UoE – Entrepreneurship and Innovation (expected 2008)
    • -Earned MBA and BS from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York (1999 and 1990 respectively)
    • Worked in Silicon Valley 5 years before coming to Edinburgh in 2004
    • Former Venture Capitalist for Dot Edu Ventures
    • Entrepreneur: Software, Internet, and Competitive Intelligence / Market Research firms
    • First real job: Pastry Chef; next Hotelier
  • 4. About the co-founder Aghlab Al-Attili
    • Ph.D. Student in Architecture
    • Interested in virtual worlds and spaces
    • Graphic Designer
    • PT currently with Edniburgh-Stanford Link; media and web development
  • 5. Program
    • Series of online courses
    • Short modules, asynchronous learning format
    • Leading to the “Diploma in Technology Entrepreneurship” from the UoE
    • Adult courses (“Continuing Professional Development”)
    • Courses either 15 hours or 6 hours in length (total learner involvment time)
  • 6. Market
    • Technology entrepreneurs
    • Tech entrepreneur wannabees
    • Technology managers
    • Scotland first market, then rest of world
    • Aim is to keep the courses reasonably priced and to seek outside corporate sponsorship to achieve this goal
    • Focus is technology entrepreneurship
    • Can do niche courses such as those for Web 2.0 applications
  • 7. Platforms
    • Platforms:
      • Originally planned for WebCT
      • University of Edinburgh supports WebCT: main driver of decision
      • MSc in
      • Reviewed Moodle. Question of ongoing support?
      • Planning to build course in SecondLife also: Discussion
  • 8. Ues of Web 2.0
    • Purpose is to enhance the online student experience, and drive more interaction between the students
    • PLANNED THUS FAR
    • Bulletin boards
    • Online Chat
    • Delicious for sharing links
    • What about online collaboration tools
    • Any Suggestions or Ideas? Suggestions?
    • Questions?
  • 9. Contact
    • Michael Clouser, Course Co-Founder
    • [email_address]
    • 0131.650.4436
    • Edinburgh-Stanford Link