Educating at Scale for Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise Growth: The Impact of Online Learning and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
2. Literature Review
2.1. Education for Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise
2.2. Sustainability-Related MOOCs
2.3. Towards A Model for the Evaluation of the Impact of MOOCs on Sustainability and Social Entrepreneurship
3.1. Overview of the Middlesex/Minca Ventures/Jindal Social Enterprise MOOC
3.2. Data Collection and Analysis
4. Presentation of Findings
4.1. Starting up Social Enterprises
We have launched the Prakarsha Foundation. Parallel to it I have also developed an employment and waste management firm.
The courses were instrumental in leading the design of the Sustainable Social Protection and Livelihoods Project that is now supporting orphans, vulnerable children, widows and care givers in Suba and Ndhiwa in Kenya.
I have been able to apply my knowledge that I developed through the course and has been successfully able to start new movements and I am in design phase to replicate in different countries.
Before the course, I didn’t even understand what social enterprise means. This course gave me a clear understanding on it. Now, I see ways to do my ecological impact in my business.
The courses have helped me in the way that they have made me realised that I was in the right track and sector and that I had to move to my dreams.
This has helped me identify my business model and therefore move from an idea into a project……At the beginning, I did not know what I was doing, but the courses motivated me to continue with the idea and develop it in a social enterprise company.
The courses gave me exposure to SE from different countries that helped me to expand my horizon. It raised my understanding of the balancing act between sustainable impact and the pure profit motive of normal business. The case studies were eye opening on what is achievable with social enterprise.
The course made me realise that I wasn’t ready to take on something like that.
The project did not grow. It was not sustainable. The course helped me to recognise this.
4.2. Growing Social Enterprises
This course has helped me elevate my enterprise to a higher level.
The course has helped me run my already established business better.
It has helped me to increase sales. Also, I have been able to connect with other people who are in sustainable fashion.
I have grown since I completed the courses in terms of connections and networking opportunities. I ended up working with a university in my city to promote Fairtrade. That would not have been possible without the completion of the courses that connect me with that university.
This program has helped me grow significantly. Since them, I have been able to expand internationally. I received support from several learners in terms of marketing and strategy and this has been very positive. Growth in terms of sales, clients, etc.
I have to confess that since I have completed the course I have been able to identify my weakness and take into account what needed to be done to improve the company.
These courses have helped me develop not only professionally speaking but in terms of personal development. I have been able to analyse what needed to be done to improve my company.
4.3. Social Intrapreneurship within Organisations
I use the knowledge I gained in the course to better serve my clients.
With my expanded knowledge base I have been able to take better and more informed decisions to do my job better. One of my successful consulting assignments in 2017 was shaped by the courses.
It helped me to be more focused, organised and realistic with the project I was involved in.
4.4. Sharing Learning
In fact, this course connected me with a social entrepreneur in Japan where I had the opportunity to work for few months and learn from her business.
Yes! It has empowered me and assisted me to believe that anything is possible with hard work, dedication and ingenuity. They have introduced me with key people. These connections have proved priceless exposure internationally. I have been awarded with an international scholarship programme with the School For Social Entrepreneurs and that has been the result of the course.
Learners have transferred knowledge and skills to others, taking on mentoring roles:
I have even passed my knowledge to a group of other 10 social entrepreneurs, and they have used it as well.
I have learned a lot with this course, even to the extent that I am currently advising several women to start up their social enterprises.
My initial dream was only to assist in the development of small and medium size ventures working as a resource person in Nigeria, the course however widened my worldwide that I now focus more on the social relevance/impact of business ideas and not just on typical concerns of every capitalist. I have since been guiding aspiring and emerging entrepreneurs in new light.
Due to the training, I contribute regularly and play lead roles in Social Protection initiatives and discourses of UN.
I shared the learning with people I work with through our internal social media site. Other people have been able to use the learning I took away from the course in order to provide advice and guidance to voluntary and community groups.
The course has helped spark discussions with colleagues leading to new projects, new research etc.
I’m trying to convince some friends, the mayors of little villages and some universities to work together to find new solutions to the actual economic crises in South Italy. I talked with them about some ideas I found during this course and I recommended to take a look to MOOCs like this.
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|SE Program||Week 1||Week 2||Week 3|
Social Enterprise: Business Doing Good
|Addressing the world’s most pressing challenges|
- Global and Local challenges around the world
- Local solutions around the world and in your local area
- Social Enterprises in the Global North and South
- The Sustainable Development Goals
|The Diverse World of Social Enterprise|
- Defining Social Enterprises
- Types of Social Enterprises
- Social Enterprise Discourses
- Social Enterprises as Hybrid Organisations
- Understanding Social Impact
|Social Entrepreneurs, Network and Ecosystems|
- Changemakers and personal transformation
- The Social Enterprise ecosystem
- The role of government, universities and celebrities
- Enabling organisations for social enterprise
- Social Enterprise business ideas
- Contributors and Additional resources
Social Enterprise: Turning Ideas into action
|Your Social Enterprise Idea|
- Link between problem and idea
- Ideation process
- Sharing your idea with key stakeholders
- Digital technologies and Social Enterprise
- Innovation in Social Enterprises
|Designing your Social Enterprise Business Model|
- Business Model beyond profit
- Human Centre design
- Theory of Change
- Business Model Canvas
- Creating a team
|Taking your Social Enterprise to Market|
- Developing your marketing strategy
- Pitching your idea
- Connecting and Networking
- Legal Structure and Funding Sources for Social Enterprise
- Becoming Impact Investment Ready
- Contributors and Additional sources
Social Enterprise: Growing a Sustainable Business
|Strategies for Sustainability|
- Sustaining and Scaling up Strategies
- Choosing the right model to scale
- Balancing value and growth strategies
- Understanding Social Value
|The Challenge of Changemaking|
- Bank of Challenges
- Partnership Opportunities
- Change Management Strategies
- Evaluating your Social Enterprise
- Measuring Performance
|Achieving Social Impact at Scale|
- Commercial, Social and Emotional Marketing
- Your Digital Marketing Toolkit
- The Impact Investing Framework
- Enabling organisations for social enterprise
- Social Enterprise business ideas
- Contributors and Additional resources
|Completion of the Courses|
|Case No||Gender||Nationality||Job Position||Age||Duration of Interviews|
|Case 6||Female||United Arab Emirates||Owner/|
|Case 10||Male||United States||Manager||45||70|
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Calvo, S.; Lyon, F.; Morales, A.; Wade, J. Educating at Scale for Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise Growth: The Impact of Online Learning and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Sustainability 2020, 12, 3247. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083247
Calvo S, Lyon F, Morales A, Wade J. Educating at Scale for Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise Growth: The Impact of Online Learning and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). Sustainability. 2020; 12(8):3247. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083247Chicago/Turabian Style
Calvo, Sara, Fergus Lyon, Andrés Morales, and Jeremy Wade. 2020. "Educating at Scale for Sustainable Development and Social Enterprise Growth: The Impact of Online Learning and a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)" Sustainability 12, no. 8: 3247. https://doi.org/10.3390/su12083247