Self-organized teams of English Studies undergraduates working in an agile environment based on scrum methodology

Antonio Jurado-Navas, Rosa Munoz-Luna, José Francisco Murillo Más

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Abstract

Based on the experience of one of the authors in private companies, we present here a novel agile technique of work called scrum methodology that has been adapted to a third-course class of English Studies Degree in the University of Málaga. Three main objectives were established: the adaptation of that scrum methodology to the academic world, especially to those disciplines not considered a priori to have a direct relationship with the business world; secondly, the promotion of different values as: self-organization, autonomy, communication, self-knowledge and knowledge of mates’ potentialities; and thirdly, students themselves must actively build their knowledge by working in realistic scenarios. The scrum methodology employed to that end is an adaption of the project-based learning (PBL) with which students actively explore real-world problems. In our proposal, students decide by consensus what, when and how to work. The topic of the project is given by the professor, allowing students to organize themselves with freedom of actions. It is based on a sequence of various stand-up meetings per week and partial deliveries reviewed by the professor, whose comments are a valuable feedback for the students. Finally, a process of selfreflection accomplished by the undergraduates is required. After the application of that technique, promising results were obtained observing an increasing implication of students and a deeper knowledge of the subject contents and its future relevance in the real world. As a conclusion, we think it is completely necessary to bridge the gap between academia and business world, transferring knowledge from one to another indistinguishably.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2015
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventXII Foro Internacional sobre la Evaluación de la Calidad de la Investigación y de la Educación Superior - Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Derecho, Sevilla, Spain
Duration: 9 Jul 201511 Jul 2015
Conference number: 12

Conference

ConferenceXII Foro Internacional sobre la Evaluación de la Calidad de la Investigación y de la Educación Superior
Number12
LocationUniversidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Derecho
CountrySpain
CitySevilla
Period09/07/201511/07/2015

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