Writing Online Multimedia Reports in International Virtual Groups

Trial&ErrorThis paper includes the results of two Teaching Innovation Projects in the field of Journalism, in which, in order to develop internationalization skills in the subject “On-line Journalistic Writing”, students from different universities have worked together to create multimedia reports.

In the first edition, in the academic year 2017/2018, the Federal University of Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS, Brazil) and the University of the Basque Country (UPV / EHU, Spain) took part in this project; in the second year -2018/2019- three more universities  joined: Universidad Federal do Piauí (Brazil), Universidad da Beira Interior and Universidade do Porto (Portugal).

The objectives of this project have been to develop students’ journalistic criteria and writing skills, and  to train their online community management and multimedia language abilities. Likewise, the project has sought to provide students with an international learning experience, following “internalization at home” (IaH) experiences. This relatively new concept in academia (Harrison, 2015) puts students in the mind of having an international experience without taking part in a mobility program. The first definitions were based on the promotion of plurality and interculturality (Crowther et al., 2000), but broadly speaking, it is also understood as any international minded experience at university, excluding mobility (Nilsson, 2003).

Among the main outcomes of these projects, and in accordance with the surveys carried out by the students, we can conclude that this internationalization experience contributes to achieve competences and skills of the subject, helping students to interact with remote audiences, and increasing their motivation and activity. Moreover, developing a common multimedia report in virtual groups with students of five universities has helped to include (or strengthen) the international or intercultural competencies in their curriculum.

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