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Inclusive and Evidence-based Instruction in Software Testing Education

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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


New Orleans, Louisiana

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June 26, 2016

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June 26, 2016

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August 28, 2016





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Software Engineering Constituent Committee Division Technical Session 3

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Vignesh Subbian University of Cincinnati Orcid 16x16

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Vignesh Subbian is an instructor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati. His interests include biomedical informatics, healthcare systems engineering, STEM integration, and engineering education.

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Nan Niu University of Cincinnati Orcid 16x16

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Nan Niu is an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems at the University of Cincinnati. He received his Ph.D. in Computer Science in 2009 from the University of Toronto, where he specialized in requirements engineering for software product lines. His current research interests include information seeking in software engineering, requirements engineering, program comprehension, and software engineering education. He is a member of ASEE and a senior member of IEEE.

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Carla C. Purdy University of Cincinnati

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Carla Purdy is an associate professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems, College of Engineering and Applied Science, at the University of Cincinnati and an affiliate faculty member in UC's Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois in 1975 and her PhD. in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 1986. She is the head of UC's B.S. in Computer Engineering Program and the coordinator of the Preparing Future Faculty in Engineering Program. Her research interests include embedded systems and VLSI, intelligent embedded systems, software and systems engineering, computational biology and synthetic biology, agent based modeling and simulation, mentoring, and diversity in science and engineering.

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This work-in-progress paper will present our experiences in developing a new Software Testing and Quality Assurance (QA) course that integrates evidence from research and new developments in software testing as well as engineering education. The specific goals are: 1. To incorporate empirical studies in software engineering to supplement instruction in testing of all aspects, including safety, security, reliability, and performance. 2. To increase focus on particular topics of high relevance such as formal testing of safety-critical systems and software inspection through targeted pedagogical interventions. 3. To leverage existing instructional materials from the software engineering education community to create and explore blended learning models such as a flipped classroom. 4. To integrate and promote inclusive and reflective teaching practices in computer engineering courses, in general. We present detailed courseware and instructional modalities, including implementation details of daily in-class active learning activities, out-of-class assignments, and project resources, along with supporting materials from the literature and student feedback results.

Subbian, V., & Niu, N., & Purdy, C. C. (2016, June), Inclusive and Evidence-based Instruction in Software Testing Education Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.25646

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