Students' Perspectives on Learning Software Engineering with Open Source Projects - Lessons Learnt after Three Years of Program Operation

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Year:
2012
Type of Publication:
In Proceedings
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Volume:
2
Book/Proc. title:
Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Pages:
313 - 322
ISBN:
978-989-8565-07-5
Abstract:
This paper presents the results after three years of running of an instructional method that utilizes free/libre open source software (FLOSS) projects as tools for teaching software engineering in formal education. In the last three academic years, a total of 268 juniors majoring in Informatics (in a 4-year program) participated in study, assuming the roles of testers, developers, and requirements engineers. Students appreciated the benefits gained by the method and identified aspects that require further improvement. In the following, we present (a) the details of our method, (b) students’ opinions as recorded through a questionnaire including both closed and open ended questions, and (c) conclusions on how the use of FLOSS projects can be applied and proved beneficial for the students.


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