Assessing and Evaluating Entrepreneurial Learning

10:00 am - 4:00 pm 08/12/2017

Moorland Road, Leeds


Leeds University Business School, Maurice Keyworth Building, University of Leeds, Moorland Rd, Leeds, LS6 1AN

**The Storify for this event can be found here.**

This one day event provided:

  • A range of innovative approaches to assessing and evaluating entrepreneurial learning in curricular and co-curricular courses and programmes
  • Examples of approaches to providing meaningful and formative feedback to students who are developing their entrepreneurial skills and attributes
  • Opportunities to consider and attempt to resolve the challenges in assessing, grading and marking in a subject area that can be highly subjective
  • An opportunity to participate in an assessment / evaluation workshop.


Enterprise and entrepreneurship educators develop and deliver programmes that aim to build enterprise skills and stimulate entrepreneurial behaviours – but how do we know if our work is effective?

As educators we are driven by the need to help our students to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. But how do we provide feedback and measure success when many of the anticipated outcomes are difficult to measure using conventional methods?

This one day event drew on expert input and delegates’ own experiences to consider innovative methods of assessing and evaluating learning and providing feedback to those participating in enterprise /entrepreneurship programmes.

Examples presented and discussed included: use of a social media learning tool, ‘LoopME’, for formative assessment of learning during an enterprise placement year; authentic assessment of student projects – both within the classroom and consultancy projects; and the use of experiential validation for the assessment and evaluation of entrepreneurial learning.

During the afternoon, Dr Emilee Simmons of the University of Leeds led an interactive hands on session, providing some examples of alternative assessments that the University of Leeds has used successfully in the past/present (from portfolios to joint assessments with international institutions to ‘flashmobs’). Then delegates were invited to share challenges and ideas and work through some potential assessments and how to overcome institutional ‘sticking points’ to realise the best assessments for entrepreneurial education needs.

Speakers and facilitators

  • Catherine Brentnall and Philip Clegg, University of Huddersfield
  • Dr Emilee Simmons, University of Leeds
  • Dr Sarah Underwood, University of Leeds
  • Professor Jay Mitra, University of Essex
  • Anna Nibbs and Gary Wood, University of Sheffield
  • Peter Wainwright, University of Portsmouth

You can download the event slides below:

Clegg Brentnall University of Huddersfield

Mitra University of Essex

Nibbs Wood Riley University of Sheffield link to presentation

Wainwright University of Portsmouth

Attendee details

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