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Integrated Active Learning Tools for Enhanced Pedagogy in a Software Engineering Course

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

Start Date

June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015

ISBN

978-0-692-50180-1

ISSN

2153-5965

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NSF Grantees’ Poster Session

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NSF Grantees Poster Session

Page Count

14

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26.981.1 - 26.981.14

DOI

10.18260/p.24318

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https://peer.asee.org/24318

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Sushil Acharya Robert Morris University

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Acharya joined Robert Morris University in Spring 2005 after serving 15 years in the Software Industry. His teaching involvement and research interest are in the area of Software Engineering education, Software Verification & Validation, Data Mining, Neural Networks, and Enterprise Resource Planning. He also has interest in Learning Objectives based Education Material Design and Development. Acharya is a co-author of “Discrete Mathematics Applications for Information Systems Professionals- 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall”. He is a member of Nepal Engineering Association and is also a member of ASEE, and ACM. Acharya was the Principal Investigator of the 2007 HP grant for Higher Education at RMU. In 2013 Acharya received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Grant for developing course materials through an industry-academia partnership in the area of Software Verification and Validation. Acharya is also the Director of Research and Grants at RMU.

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Priya Manohar Robert Morris University

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Dr. Priyadarshan (Priya) Manohar Dr. Priyadarshan Manohar is an Associate Professor of Engineering and Co-Director Research and Outreach Center (ROC) at Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, PA. He has a Ph. D. in Materials Engineering (1998) and Graduate Diploma in Computer Science (1999) from University of Wollongong, Australia and holds Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgical Engineering) degree from Pune University, India (1985). He has worked as a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh (2001 – 2003) and BHP Institute for Steel Processing and Products, Australia (1998 – 2001). Dr. Manohar held the position of Chief Materials Scientist at Modern Industries, Pittsburgh (2003 – 2004) and Assistant Manager (Metallurgy Group), Engineering Research Center, Telco, India (1985 – 1993). He has published over 55 papers in peer-reviewed journals and conferences including a 2007 Best Paper Award by the Manufacturing Division of American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), three review papers and three book chapters. He has participated in numerous national and international conferences. He is a member of ASM International, TMS, ACerS, AIST, ASEE, and a registered Chartered Professional Engineer. Dr. Manohar’s research interests include mathematical and computer modeling of materials behavior, thermo-mechanical processing of steels and other metallic materials, microstructural characterization, and structure – property relationships. He has conducted a number of technical failure investigations, consulted on various materials-related problems, and acted as an expert witness in the Court of Law. Dr. Manohar is the immediate past chair of the Manufacturing Division of ASEE and the current Chair of ASM Pittsburgh Chapter.

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Peter Y Wu Robert Morris University

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Peter Y. Wu is professor of Computer and Information Systems at Robert Morris University. He earned Ph.D. in Computer System Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He worked for IBM Research Division, first as a post-doc research fellow and subsequently a technical staff member at the T.J. Watson Research Center. He was the chief software engineer and a founding partner of UJB Solutions, LLC, a consulting company in production planning, for two years. He previously held faculty appointments at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and the University of Pittsburgh. His current research interests are in software engineering, and geographic information systems.

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Ali A. Ansari Virginia State University

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Dr. Ansari has earned his BS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1980, MS degree in Electrical Engineering in 1982 and PhD in 1990 from the University of Texas at Arlington. His research interest is in the area of signals and control system. Dr. Ansari is a professor of Computer Engineering at Virginia State University.

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Walter W Schilling Jr. Milwaukee School of Engineering

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Walter Schilling is an Associate Professor in the Software Engineering program at the Milwaukee School of Engineering in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He received his B.S.E.E. from Ohio Northern University and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Toledo. He worked for Ford Motor Company and Visteon as an Embedded Software Engineer for several years prior to returning for doctoral work. He has spent time at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio, and consulted for multiple embedded systems companies in the Midwest. In addition to one U.S. patent, Schilling has numerous publications in refereed international conferences and other journals. He received the Ohio Space Grant Consortium Doctoral Fellowship and has received awards from the IEEE Southeastern Michigan and IEEE Toledo Sections. He is a member of IEEE, IEEE Computer Society and ASEE. At MSOE, he coordinates courses in software quality assurance, software verification, software engineering practices, real time systems, and operating systems, as well as teaching embedded systems software.

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Abstract

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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