New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
NSF Grantees Poster Session
Imparting real world experiences in a software verification and validation (S/W V&V) course is a challenge due to lack of effective active learning tools. This pedagogical requirement is important as graduates are expected to develop software that meets rigorous quality standards in functional and application domains. Realizing the necessity of such teaching tools, the authors designed and developed eighteen (18) delivery hours of case studies, sixteen (16) delivery hours of exercises, and six (6) delivery hours of case study videos for use in courses that impart knowledge on S/W V&V topics viz. requirements engineering, reviews, configuration management, and testing. Four key skill areas sought after by employers, namely communication skills, applied knowledge of methods, applied knowledge of tools, and research exposure are used to drive the development funded by a National Science Foundation grant and perfected through an industry-academia partnership.
In this paper we discuss in detail the four project plans the researchers and their industry counterparts followed in the past two years in the development and eventual dissemination of active learning tools. A course enhancement plan was used to drive activities related to reviewing, enhancing and modularizing modules identified by a gap analysis performed by focus group comprising of industry and academic partners. The course delivery plan was used to drive activities related to developing content delivery strategies. An evaluation and assessment plan was used to drive activities related to periodically evaluating student learning and assessing program. And finally a course dissemination plan was used to drive activities related to disseminating course modules and assessment reports. Through a workshop attended by faculty members form 11 universities the developed active learning is being disseminated.
Acharya, S., & Manohar, P., & Schilling, W. W., & Wu, P. Y. (2016, June), Enhancing Verification and Validation Education Using Active Learning Tools Developed through an Academia-Industry Partnership Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.27300
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