Entrepreneurial Learning and Virtual Learning Environment

  • P. Kyrö
  • T. Kauppi
  • M. Nurminen
Part of the Contributions to Management Science book series (MANAGEMENT SC.)

Both entrepreneurial and virtual learning are phenomena that have risen in the turn of the twenty-first century. The needs of the society as well as the technical innovations have sped up their development. The European Union has set entrepreneurial practices as one of the central goals in active citizenship (the European Commission 1999). Finland is committed to it throughout its education system (European Commission 2002). To reach this goal, the Ministry of Education has launched a policy programme for entrepreneurship education. The programme emphasises the importance of entrepreneurship education as a part of teachers basic and extension studies. (Opetusministeriö 2004). However, the educational research of the dynamics of entrepreneurial learning has hardly begun. Mainly, this discourse has taken place in business disciplines and in some extent in the field of technology. The American view of both entrepreneurship and education influences the dialogue (Kyrö 2005). The conceptualisation of education oriented discourse is still fragmented and searching for its forms. However, a new European multi-scientific wave is rising in the contemporary research and this study follows this tradition. It focuses on the cultural background, innovative processes and the dynamics of learning in entrepreneurship (for example Fayolle, Ulijn and Kyrö 2005). When it comes to the virtual learning Finland is among those in the forefront in its development. For example in educational sector it has a special strategy programme following mainstreaming principles and in universities we have own programme for national virtual university (Opetusministeriö 2000). Recently virtual learning researches have identified an increasing need to focus more on social, interactive and networking learning practises (Sallila and Kalli 2002). Internet-based learning environments offer one tool to meet this challenge. For example Hakkarainen (2002) regards them as the most promising new technology applications for that purpose. As an example he describes the Canada-based “Future Learning Environment (FLE)-project”. Other examples of different projects that face these questions are, for instance, Finnish “The IQ Form” and “Metodix” that focuses on scientific research (Niemi and Ruohotie 2002, http://www.metodix.com). All three examples represent learning platforms that are rather widely used in respect to Finnish population. The latest statistics of Metodix reports that it has 3,900 registered users and 20,000 average visits/month.


Virtual Environment Tacit Knowledge Explicit Knowledge Knowledge Creation Discussion Forum 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Kyrö
    • 1
  • T. Kauppi
    • 1
  • M. Nurminen
    • 1
  1. 1.University of TampereTampereFinland

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