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Student Business e-Academy
Start date: Oct 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Faculty of Economics, University of Split has strong capabilities and experiences in university education in the field of Business Studies at all levels – from undergraduate to doctoral studies. Together with two partner universities, University of Malaga, Spain and University of Middlesex, UK, University of Split, Faculty of Economics has strong multiannual experience within the scope of entrepreneurship. Partners will develop SBeA - e-learning, open educational resource. The main goal of the SBeA project is to produce a high-quality, personalized e-learning program for young entrepreneurs/students interested in entrepreneurship in order to provide them with necessary resources to bring their business ideas to life as well as to prepare them for entering the market. The program and collaborative working spaces for users of the program will be available through a customized virtual platform. SBeA combines face-to-face and on-line (blended) learning. The online training program will consist of 6 modules (3 per semester) and 2 training seminars/conferences of 5 days, where participants will acquire key entrepreneurial skills, knowledge about market, and develop their interpersonal and intercultural skills. The project stimulates a new way of learning and teaching through digital content and use of virtual resources, helping students to acquire digital skills, connect classrooms and digital devices and content, increasing efficiency and equity in education. In this way, the project is contributing to the Europe 2020 goals of boosting EU competitiveness and growth through better skilled workforce and more employment. SBeA combines customized support through mentorship and personalized learning for participants which is one of the main benefits of this program. The e-learning program will be available through an on-line platform which will allow learners, educators and researchers to create, share and discuss contents with peers. It will also contribute to alleviating costs for educational institutions and for students, especially among disadvantaged groups. The program will also ensure validation of skills acquired on-line, awarding ECTS. SBeA project is an innovative project with the following outputs given as an open educational resource: Student Business e-Academy program E-learning portal for young entrepreneurs/students Manual for e-learning program Guidebook for beginner entrepreneurs (start-ups) SBeA library Participants of e-learning academy will get new and recognised learning outcomes and competencies, at the same time unleashing their entrepreneurial potential. Mentored by senior entrepreneurs and teachers, they will adopt critical observation on their business ideas. Enthusiasm immanent to young people, in combination with new competences, mentorship and guidance will have a priceless impact on the development of their future careers. They will be able to instantly apply in their project what they learned directly from classes. International and multicultural environment will also create positive attitudes towards internationalisation of their business ideas. Habitual reliance on traditional sources of education, both of students and young entrepreneurs, with this contemporary educational source, will be shifted to more open minded and self-motivated search for other open educational resources upon their needs. Participating institutions will have derived benefits in several aspects. Besides the impacts on existing curriculums, greater transparency and recognition of programmes, universities as higher education and research institutions will encourage their young researchers to use this open academy, especially the researchers without any entrepreneurial knowledge. Furthermore, participating organisations will also benefit in the quality of education and educational practice, enriching their teaching methods and widening the possibilities in combining classic classroom and virtual lectures offering more space to additional learning outcomes.
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