Evolving Project based Learning to Suit Diverse Student Cohorts

Thevathayan, C 2018, 'Evolving Project based Learning to Suit Diverse Student Cohorts', in Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering 2018, Christchurch, New Zealand, 28-29 June 2018, pp. 133-138.


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Title Evolving Project based Learning to Suit Diverse Student Cohorts
Author(s) Thevathayan, C
Year 2018
Conference name Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering
Conference location Christchurch, New Zealand
Conference dates 28-29 June 2018
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Evaluation and Assessment in Software Engineering 2018
Publisher ACM
Place of publication New York, United States
Start page 133
End page 138
Total pages 6
Abstract Software engineering courses are increasingly moving towards a project-based learning (PBL) approach. PBL allows abstract software engineering principles and practices to be learnt experientially making the course more appealing to diverse student cohorts. Employers favor PBL as students get exposed to current industry practices, processes and tools, thus narrowing the industry-academia gap. PBL however, poses a number of challenges. Academic staff need to find efficient ways of managing many additional tasks related to PBL such as getting licenses, developing technical materials, managing projects and handling team issues. Students involved in PBL need to be exposed to teamwork and project management skills concurrently. In this paper we present our experience evolving a hybrid-teaching model by using the action research cycle plan-act-observe-reflect over 3 semesters. The main novelty of our approach is the use of projects with varying levels of scaffolding, which made it possible for students with limited programming background to have an enjoyable and beneficial project experience. To ensure fairness, projects with high levels of scaffolding required implementation of more complex use cases to get higher grades. Student surveys reveal such an approach is effective for diverse undergraduate students.
Subjects Human Information Behaviour
Software Engineering
Keyword(s) Student Diversity
Project Based Learning
Scaffolding
Software Engineering
Teamwork
Collaborative Learning
DOI - identifier 10.1145/3210459.3210472
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ISBN 9781450364034
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