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Title: La implantación integral de la formación por competencias en titulaciones transversales: La experiencia de los estudios de economía y empresa de la UOC
Other Titles: Comprehensive implementation of generic skills in transversal university programs: The experience of the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business
Author: Fitó Bertran, Àngels
Martínez Argüelles, María Jesús
Rimbau Gilabert, Eva  
Others: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. Estudis d'Economia i Empresa
Keywords: competencies
change management
higher education
teaching teams
Issue Date: Jul-2015
Publisher: Intangible Capital
Citation: Fitó Bertran, A., Martínez Argüelles, M.J. & Rimbau Gilabert, E. (2015). La implantación integral de la formación por competencias en titulaciones transversales: La experiencia de los estudios de Economía y Empresa de la UOC . Intangible capital, 11(4), 589-611. doi: 10.3926/ic.623
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Abstract: Purpose, this paper describes a good practice for methodological renewal focusing on coordinated development and assessment of generic and specific competencies for a large - in terms of enrolment - undergraduate program which has many subjects in common with other programs. The ultimate goal is to fully describe what is considered an example of good change management in educational environments so as to aid its adoption in other organizations. Design/methodology, the description of the experience includes the following steps, as suggested by Zabalza (2012), to describe good teaching practices, context, foundation, evolution, current situation, impact and results, assessment by those involved in the process, and transferability. The evolution process is structured according to Kurt Lewin's (1947) model of organizational change. The entire academic staff in the Faculty of Economics and Business at the UOC participated in the project. Findings, compared with other studies on the subject, this good practice is broad in scope (40 faculty and 154 subjects). The key success factors in this process have been the following: the involvement of the dean, creating the figure of the "sponsor", and getting "quick wins" or short-term, tangible improvements. The results also highlight the need for teacher training to effectively implement competency-based education, especially in relation to generic competencies and online environments. Research limitations/implications, the success of this process of renewal has been aided by both the lack of very rigid or impermeable departmental structures and the relatively small academic staff at the UOC's Faculty of Economics and Business. Originality/value, this paper contributes to the scarce literature on the complex change management processes at universities, and Spanish universities in particular, required by the incorporation of competencies in the daily teaching activities.
Language: Spanish
ISSN: 1697-9818MIAR
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