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Title: Pilot experience applying an active learning methodology in a Software Engineering classroom
Authors: García-Holgado, A.
García-Peñalvo, F. J.
Keywords: active learning
software engineering
team work
quantitative analysis
learning styles
project-based learning
Issue Date: 17-Apr-2018
Publisher: IEEE
Citation: García-Holgado, A., García-Peñalvo, F. J., & Rodríguez-Conde, M. J. (2018). Pilot experience applying an active learning methodology in a Software Engineering classroom 2018 IEEE Global Engineering Education Conference (EDUCON), (17-20 April 2018, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain) (pp. 946-953). USA: IEEE.
Abstract: Software Engineering I is a mandatory subject for undergraduate students that is taught in the second semester of the 2nd year of the Degree in Computer Sciences at the University of Salamanca (Spain). This degree exists since 1989 but it has transformed over time according to the education law changes in Spain and Europe. Software Engineering I is the first subject related to the area of software engineering that is taught in the degree. The novelty of the concepts and the need to develop abstract thinking to acquire the different competences of the subject, implies a handicap to teach the subject. The final grades obtained by the students in the subject are fairly low compared with other subjects in the degree. Moreover, the attendance to the face-to-face classes is continuously reduced throughout the semester, which affects to the continuous assessment. Some initiatives have been applied during previous school years but a global change of the subject is necessary. In order to increase the success rate of the subject and to achieve that students are involved in the learning process, authors have implemented an active learning methodology based on team working. Furthermore, two instruments have defined to measure the impact of the changes and evaluate the pilot.
ISBN: 978-1-5386-2957-4
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