Teaching Calculated Risk-Taking

Entrepreneurs aren’t risk-takers. They are calculated risk-takers. Research in entrepreneurship continually calls out the skill of calculated risk-taking as a key component of success. When you think of the “risk-takers” in the classroom, who comes to mind? What kind of risks do those students take? Does “risk-taking” have a positive or negative impact on that student’s learning, the learning of other students, and the classroom as a whole? Much of the information on risk-taking, especially when referring to early adolescents, focuses on keeping students from engaging in risky behaviors. There are several types of risk-taking however, many of which have a positive impact on student learning and on college, career, and entrepreneurial success. This course focuses on calculated risk-taking —a careful decision-making process that weighs all alternatives and emphasizes mitigating the risk along the way whenever possible. Through a rich set of background materials and strategies, we will provide clear definitions of the different types of risk-taking and their potential impacts on learning and the classroom environment.

 Estimated time for completion – 3 hours
This course is personalized providing the user with multiple representations of content, multiple pathways for completion, completely asynchronous, and fully responsive so that the content can be experienced the same way on any type of device (desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone). 
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