What will the 2020-21 academic year be like?

Blanquerna-URL wants to guarantee the teaching quality, the personalized attention, the proximity and the individualized accompaniment of the student, which are our methodological base, with new forms of learning compatible with the health guidelines and, initially, planned for the first semester of the academic year. 

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Teaching model for the first semester of the academic year

The model will be mixed, with a face-to-face part and virtual one, and it is based on the system used by Blanquerna School of Communication ad International Relations (FCRI) from its very foundation. Besides, if need be, it can also be implemented in the second semester. Likewise, it can be substituted for a completely face-to-face model, or for fully online one, depending on the evolution of the health crisis and the indications of the Administration.

The model follows the instructions and guidelines given by the health authorities regarding our activity, particularly for social distancing, and basic hygiene and security measures and procedures. In addition, it allows for the recommendations of the Ministry of Universities with regard to teaching, internships and students’ assessment. 

The model preserves the structure of the traditional timetable at Blanquerna FCRI. Therefore, we keep the conventional framework of two semesters. We also keep the same courses, learning units (UFs), seminars, internships and Final Degree Project (TFG) and Master’s Thesis (TFM) scheduled up until now in all and every academic year of the different degrees and masters at the School. The model ensures face-to-face teaching in at least 50% of all the above courses. To this end, students in every degree course will be divided into two subgroups from the first day of class.

From then on, the first subgroup (A) will attend the class at the School on half of the sessions. On those days, the other subgroup (B) will follow the class online —the session will be broadcast in streaming. When subgroup B attends the classes at the School, subgroup A will follow the sessions by streaming.

In cases like Final Degree Projects, internships and some specific learning units with a low number of students, the percentage of on-campus attendance can be much higher and it may actually reach 100%. The same applies to masters and specialist university diplomas.

This model is adapted to the available spaces in the three buildings of the School and it ensures that lecturers do not have to teach the same session twice. It also takes into account all the activities that require the use of technological equipment or facilities such as TV sets, studios, rooms for digital video editing or computer rooms.

Classrooms will be provided with a camera and a microphone which will capture all that is said and done in the room so that students who follow the session by streaming may interact with the lecturer and the rest of the students with fluency and spontaneity, without losing a single detail. 

Because of the value of a unique model

The Blanquerna methodology promotes creative ability and the humanistic spirit within the framework of an education designed to allow the student to achieve academic, personal and professional success. The students receive the best possible training in their field of study, as well as an interdisciplinary education and introduction to research by means of several different pedagogical settings:

  • Lecture classes.
  • Work in small groups.
  • Seminars.
  • Professional simulations. 
  • Internships in companies. 
  • Individual work and tutorials.