Opportunities are like…

Written on May 23, 2012 by uwe.spangler@ie.edu in General

An exercise for meta cognition in the entrepreneurship area

“Describing seemingly unrelated concepts with similes or metaphors reveals fresh solutions to familiar problems.” That’s one of the statements IE Professor of Entrepreneurship, Joseph Pistrui, says about the new class dynamic “Opportunities …”

This exercise is digitally enhanced by a simple technical platform produced by the Multimedia Content Development team in order to facilitate the debrief of the professor.
Students have to complete the following phrase: “Opportunities are like……because……therefore…..” as often as they want to. Afterwards they have to interchange their different points of views in their entrepreneurship work groups. In a final step the professor debriefs the class and showcases some of the most interesting examples.
A first beta test with Google docs forms has been running in the IMBA 2011 and students mention some very powerful learning outcomes, such as:

– Thinking about ideas in general brings forward your own ideas (Meta cognition, consciousness, egocentric connections.)
– We appreciated very much what the other team mates said
– “This was very illuminating”

Also for the Professor, Joseph Pistrui this exercise has fulfilled expectations and fits perfectly into the broader approach of sense making exercises in the entrepreneurship area.

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