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Main Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education to Promote Sustainable Development Goals. The Effectiveness of Digital Teaching Methods in Times of COVID-19

Version 1 : Received: 15 December 2021 / Approved: 16 December 2021 / Online: 16 December 2021 (14:52:27 CET)

How to cite: Lopez, B. Main Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education to Promote Sustainable Development Goals. The Effectiveness of Digital Teaching Methods in Times of COVID-19. Preprints 2021, 2021120274 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0274.v1). Lopez, B. Main Challenges and Opportunities in Higher Education to Promote Sustainable Development Goals. The Effectiveness of Digital Teaching Methods in Times of COVID-19. Preprints 2021, 2021120274 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202112.0274.v1).

Abstract

The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created big challenges and opportunities in Higher Education (HE). In this situation, several universities worldwide have responded with digital methods and hybrid classes in a short period of time. The aim of this paper is to show how the universities have adapted teaching methods to digital platforms in the academic year 2020–21. This case study is based on the experience of 37 postgraduate communication students in the course Business and Communication from a Communication Programme. The objective of this course was to promote the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) in business and following the Principles for Responsible Management Education (PRME) of the United Nations. To do this, the students provided different solutions related to the SDGs and developed a communication strategy to inform and engage the stakeholders in the companies analyzed in a hybrid class. The results show that using this methodology and working in digital platforms, students have learned the importance of SDGs through implementing specific solutions linked to the corporate social responsibility (CSR) strategy. Based on this analysis, they also developed a communication strategy showing how companies can improve society with specific actions through the lens of the SDG perspective.

Keywords

digital methods; student-centred learning; higher education; sustainable development goals; corporate social responsibility; CSR communication.

Subject

SOCIAL SCIENCES, Business and Administrative Sciences

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