June 14, 2015
June 14, 2015
June 17, 2015
NSF Grantees Poster Session
26.981.1 - 26.981.14
Integrated Active Learning Tools for Enhanced Pedagogy in a Software Engineering CourseEffective teaching requires effective teaching tools. This pedagogical requirement is especiallyimportant for software engineering education where graduates are expected to develop softwarethat meets rigorous quality standards in functional and application domains. To enhancestudent’s understanding of the needs of the professional software industry, lecture notes aresupplanted by additional pedagogical tools being developed at author’s institution for a softwareverification and validation (V&V) course. These active learning teaching tools consisting ofclass exercises, case studies, and role play videos are being developed by partnering with theacademia and industry. The basic objectives of the project are to improve software education tomake it well aligned with academic research as well as industry best practices. This project isbeing funded through a NSF-TUES grant.Through this project twenty (20) delivery hours of lecture slides, eighteen (18) delivery hours ofcase studies, sixteen (16) delivery hours of exercises, and six (6) delivery hours of role playvideo totaling sixty (60) delivery hours of Software V&V course modules are being created. Inspring 2014 diverse case studies were delivered to Software Engineering juniors in the author’sinstitution and their learning outcomes tracked using a survey instrument. The results show thatthe students were able to better comprehend V&V topics like requirements engineering, reviewsand inspections, configuration management, and testing. The knowledge disseminated throughlectures seemed to be reinforced by the case studies. By spring 2015 more course materialsincluding teaching tools like exercises and role-play videos are expected to be created anddelivered. The results of this research work will be shared during the poster presentation atASEE. As part of the project dissemination plan the teaching materials will be made available tointerested institutions and professional organizations. An invitation only workshop is alsoplanned for August 2015 to share developed course materials and delivery mechanism.
Acharya, S., & Manohar, P., & Wu, P. Y., & Ansari, A. A., & Schilling, W. W. (2015, June), Integrated Active Learning Tools for Enhanced Pedagogy in a Software Engineering Course Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24318
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