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Agile Development Process of a Web-Based Application to Improve Retention of Hispanic STEM Students

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Indianapolis, Indiana

Publication Date

June 15, 2014

Start Date

June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Systems Engineering Division Technical Session 4

Tagged Division

Systems Engineering

Page Count

19

Page Numbers

24.147.1 - 24.147.19

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https://peer.asee.org/20038

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46

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Pablo Biswas Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Pablo Biswas received Ph.D. and M.S. in in Industrial Engineering from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology, Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is an Assistant Professor of Engineering at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. Dr. Biswas’s research interest is in supply chain management, inventory control, lean production systems, and information systems.

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Runchang Lin Texas A&M International University

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Dr. Runchang Lin received Ph.D. in Mathematics and M.A. in Statistics from Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, and M.S. in Computational Mathematics and B.S. in Mathematics from Tongji University, Shanghai, China. He is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX. Dr. Lin’s research interest is in Numerical Analysis and Applied Mathematics. He has published more than 20 articles in numerical analysis and education in peer reviewed journals.

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Abstract

AGILE DEVELOPMENT PROCESS OF A WEB-BASED APPLICATION TO IMPROVE RETENTION OF HISPANIC STEM STUDENTS ABSTRACTThis study describes the application of Agile system development process and itsaccomplishments on a web-based Teaching Assistant System (ViTAS). The ViTAS is developedto improve the retention rate of the students in a Hispanic-Serving Institution. In particular, thisproject focuses on the Agile system development process, which is a group of softwaredevelopment methodologies based on iterative, interactive, and incremental development, whererequirements and solutions evolve through collaboration between self-organizing and cross-functional teams. Also, the teaching assistant system is developed as a digital warehouse ofhomework assignments and students’ work in STEM courses. This system provides a homeworkassignments grading system for the students’ as well as instructors in STEM field and to providean interactive learning environment outside the class for the students. Using ViTAS, students areable to submit the assignments online, to engage in anonymous peer review, and to discuss withtheir peers. The students grading their peer assignments are beneficial as during the process ofgrading other’s work, the students get the opportunity to learn/review their own work/mistakes.Key words: Agile development, virtual teaching assistant system, anonymous peer review.

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