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Using WReSTT Cyberlearning Environment in the Classroom

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Columbus, Ohio

Publication Date

June 24, 2017

Start Date

June 24, 2017

End Date

June 28, 2017

Conference Session

Computing Technology Session 3

Tagged Division

Computers in Education

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13

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https://peer.asee.org/29095

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Peter J Clarke Florida International University

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Peter J. Clarke received his B.Sc. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill) in 1987, M.S. degree from SUNY Binghamton University in 1996 and Ph.D. in Computer Science from Clemson University in 2003. His research interests are in the areas of software testing, software metrics, model-driven software development, domain-specific modeling languages, and computer science education. He is currently an associate professor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. He is a member of the ACM (SIGSOFT, SIGCSE, and SIGAPP); IEEE Computer Society; and a member of the Association for Software Testing (AST).

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Debra Lee Davis Florida International University

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Dr. Debra Davis is an Instructor in the School of Computing and Information Sciences at Florida International University. Her research interests emphasize interdisciplinary topics including understanding and improving: (1) Computer Science education, including increasing participation of women; (2) educational applications and techniques for online STEM learning; and (3) complex human-machine interactions. She has a Ph.D. and M.A., in Cognitive Developmental Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin, and an M.S. in Computer Science from FIU.

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Raymond Chang Lau Florida International University

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I am a software engineer with over 3 years experience in the development of web/mobile applications and services. Graduated Florida International University with a B.S. and M.S. in computer science.

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Yujian Fu P.E. Alabama A&M University

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Dr. Yujian Fu is an associate professor of computer science department at Alabama A&M University. Her research interests fall in formal verification of cyber physical systems, behavioral analysis of mobile security, software architecture and design analysis of safety-critical and mission-critical systems. Her projects are supported by NSF, Air Force and DoD. She have several publications regarding to the research and educational projects.

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James D Kiper Miami University

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James Kiper is Chair and Professor of the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at Miami University. He teaches a variety of courses across the CS and SE curricula. His research is in the areas of software testing, software risk assessment, design rationale, and computer science and software engineering teaching and learning.

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Gursimran Singh Walia North Dakota State University

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Gursimran S. Walia is an associate professor of Computer Science at North Dakota State University. His main research interests include empirical software engineering, software engineering education, human factors in software engineering, and software quality. He is a member of the IEEE Computer Society. Contact him at gursimran.walia@ndsu.edu

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Abstract

The impact of developing high quality software in today’s society cannot be under estimated. Most systems used in everyday life contain software; these systems include mobile phones, automobiles, and medical devices, among others. One approach to ensuring the quality of software during development is continuous testing of the software using the appropriate testing techniques and testing tools. Although testing is key to developing high quality software, many academic institutions that teach computer science do not teach any quality assurance or software testing courses in their undergraduate or graduate curricula.

In this paper we describe a cyberlearning tool that helps students and instructors to learn various software testing techniques and testing tools. We also report on the results of a 4-year project that aimed to (1) train instructors in the use of various software testing techniques and tools, and (2) support pedagogy by using the cyberlearning tool to expose students to several software testing techniques and testing tool tutorials. The project was a collaborative effort between Florida International University, Alabama A&M University, Miami University, and North Dakota State University.

The tool developed and used during the project is WReSTT-CyLE – Web-Based Repository of Software Testing Tutorials: a Cyberlearning Environment (http://wrestt.cis.fiu.edu/). WResTT-CyLE contains a set of learning objects and tool tutorials on software testing. WReSTT-CyLE also uses a combination of learning and engagement strategies (LESs) to get students more involved in learning the testing concepts contained in the learning objects and reviewing the content of the tool tutorials. These LESs include collaborative learning, gamification and social interaction. The paper will: (1) briefly introduce WReSTT-CyLE and report on the usage data capture during the project; (2) report on the instructor workshops that were held during the project; (3) report on the results of instructor surveys conducted at the workshops and after the workshops; and (4) report on student surveys conducted during the course of the project.

Clarke, P. J., & Davis, D. L., & Chang Lau, R., & Fu, Y., & Kiper, J. D., & Walia, G. S. (2017, June), Using WReSTT Cyberlearning Environment in the Classroom Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. https://peer.asee.org/29095

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