Polytechnic University of Valencia Congress, Sixth International Conference on Higher Education Advances

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Breaking down the classroom walls: how to train future media professionals in an interdisciplinary and applied way while fostering social change
Jorge Franganillo, Lydia Sánchez, M. Ángeles García Asensio, Anna Marquès

Last modified: 28-04-2020


This paper describes an effective methodological strategy that the Consolidated teaching innovation group in Communication and Audiovisual Media (In-COMAV), composed of a multidisciplinary teaching team, has been developing since 2016 within the Audiovisual Communication degree program offered by the University of Barcelona. This strategy consists of promoting service-learning projects within the context of various courses. Here we present the viability criteria established for the acceptance of projects oriented toward collaboration with organizations outside the university, the critical success factors and the results that this initiative has had on students, teachers, the university and society. Such results are perceived positively, yet there are still challenges and limitations to be overcome to ensure the continuity, sustainability and effectiveness of service-learning projects in higher education.

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