ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF A PLAN FOR IMPROVING THE STUDENTS’ COMPETENCES OF THE TOURISM FINAL DEGREE PROJECT
Universitat Jaume I (SPAIN)
About this paper:
Conference name: 9th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Dates: 3-5 July, 2017
Location: Barcelona, Spain
Abstract:The objective of this contribution is to examine the impact of a learning innovation project, developed by the Tourism Degree Commission members at the Universitat Jaume I of Castellón, to improve the students’ competences of the Tourism Final Degree Project (FDP).
The assessment of the project’s results was carried out through the application of the quantitative research technique and, specifically, through the proposal of two questionnaires. These questionnaires contained closed questions and were addressed to the students participating in the training sessions included in the project.
The first questionnaire type was applied at the beginning of each thematic sessions, which were grouped in juridical, social and economic knowledge areas, considering the multidisciplinary nature of the tourism field. This initial questionnaire was aimed to evaluate the student's background, expectations on the objectives and methodology of the training sessions embraced in this learning innovation plan.
The second questionnaire was applied at the end of the last session, dealing with the development of student’s transversal skills and knowledge, related to the structure and form of the written project and tips for the spoken presentation, both in Spanish and English languages.
This final questionnaire was intended to allow the Tourism Degree Commission members to evaluate the results and impact of this specific learning action on the student’s academic competences to face the development of the FDP in the Tourism Degree more rigorously.
The results of the comparison between both initial and final questionnaires will be presented and analysed in this study, and could serve as a guideline to assess future projects based on a methodological improvement.
Keywords: Innovation project, methodological improvement, training sessions, assessment.