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Over four weeks, you will learn how to effectively teach entrepreneurial thinking through a practical problem definition and validation framework.

We live in an uncertain and complex world, where the big problems of today and tomorrow are yet to be identified. Teaching young people the skills and resilience to live and thrive in such a world is the purpose of entrepreneurial thinking. This course will guide you through a series of activities in defining and validating problems worth solving.

This 13-hour online module expands on the optional two-hour preview course offered through FutureLearn.

Who should participate

This course is aimed at teachers and educational leaders who want to improve their teaching practice, and is relevant to most school contexts worldwide. It may also be of interest to anyone looking to support students in learning entrepreneurial thinking.

For Australian educators, this course aligns with the following Australian Professional Standards for Teachers (APST):

  • 1.1 Physical, social and intellectual development and characteristics of students
  • 1.2 Understand how students learn
  • 2 Know the content and how to teach it
  • 3.1 Establish challenging learning goals
  • 3.2 Plan, structure and sequence learning programs
  • 3.3 Use teaching strategies
  • 3.4 Select and use resources
  • 4.1 Support student participation
  • 6 Engage in professional learning.



  • Online


22 October to 18 November 2018

This course runs for 4 weeks (approximately 3 hours per week).

Blackboard access can remain active for 2 weeks after the course.


$324.50 (inc GST)

Fees include access to online materials.

Registrations strictly close at 5pm, 5 October 2018.


For more information about the course, contact Faculty of Education events.

Registrations are closed. Register your interest for future courses.

Workshop topics

In this activity-based course, we’ll model a lesson on defining a problem:

  • What is the problem?
  • Who owns the problem?
  • Why is it a problem?
  • What is the riskiest assumption and minimum risk criteria?
  • Are those assumptions and criteria valid?
  • Define the problem and a solution.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • formulate a problem hypothesis
  • engage with people to collect and synthesis information in order to refine a problem
  • apply a problem validation framework as a pedagogical strategy.

You will also be issued a Certificate of Attainment for 13 hours of CPD.


Dr James Davis

James is the Entrepreneurship Leader for the Faculty of Education at QUT, with a career that spans commerce, science and education.

Register your interest

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Registration payments are required at the time of booking. Please ensure you have your credit card handy.

FEE-HELP and HECS-HELP are not available for Continuing Professional Education courses.


To cancel your registration, you must apply in writing.

If you cancel at least 10 business days before the course commences, you will receive a partial refund, ie. the total fee minus a non-refundable $100 administration fee. No registration refunds will be made after this time.

We reserve the right to cancel the course under certain circumstances, such as unavailability of staff. If this happens, we will advise you as soon as possible, and give you a full refund. We are not responsible for any expenses you may have incurred if the course is cancelled.


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