The learner experience of student-led international group project work in software engineering.
McDermott, Roger; Bass, Julian; Lalchandani, JayPrakash
Software development has become increasingly globalized because of technological innovation, the evolution of work and business processes, as well as prevailing educational systems and national policies . This paper addresses the challenges faced when creating realistic opportunities for students to participate in team working on a globally distributed software engineering project. We examine the experience of one set of students who undertook a single semester software development project, the technical objective of which was to create a product using online collaboration tools . The students involved were studying at two widely-separated universities: Robert Gordon University (RGU), UK, and the International Institute for Information Technology, Bangalore (IIIT-B), India. A classroom-based action research approach has been used to evolve and reflect on the project . Detailed student feedback was canvassed using an open-ended questionnaire. The students report favourably on acquisition of employability, collaboration and professional skills. A number of challenges remain in areas of project management, the use of collaborative technology and of scaling the project to larger classes, while retaining a manageable supervision overhead.
MCDERMOTT, R., BASS, J. and LALCHANDANI, J.P. 2014. The learner experience of student-led international group project work in software engineering. In Proceedings of the 2014 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2014): opening innovations and internationalization in engineering education, 22-25 October 2014, Madrid, Spain. Piscataway: IEEE [online], article number 7044181. Available from: https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2014.7044181
|Conference Name||2014 Frontiers in education conference (FIE 2014)|
|Conference Location||Madrid, Spain|
|Start Date||Oct 22, 2014|
|End Date||Oct 25, 2014|
|Acceptance Date||Oct 22, 2014|
|Online Publication Date||Oct 22, 2014|
|Publication Date||Feb 19, 2015|
|Deposit Date||Mar 14, 2017|
|Publicly Available Date||Mar 14, 2017|
|Publisher||Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers|
|Keywords||International group project; Global software engineering; Collaborative technology; Employability; Student experience|
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