Case-based instruction on the web for teaching software project management

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos*, Stavros N. Demetriadis, Ioannis G. Stamelos

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Abstract

Software project management (SPM) is an ill-structured domain, where past experiences of project management can become valuable learning resources for novices. To support instruction in the domain, we have developed the eCASE-SPM Web environment, for engaging students in case-based instruction and help them develop SPM related problem solving skills. This work presents major design issues of the environment and initial research results regarding (a) a student-based evaluation, connecting also students' attitudes to their learning styles, and (b) the learning effectiveness of the environment, investigating the use of embedded question prompts as students' cognitive scaffolds. Results so far reveal interesting interactions between students' learning styles and their attitudes towards learning in the eCASE-SPM environment. Furthermore, there is strong indication that using question prompts may have beneficial effect on students' learning and problem solving abilities, although fading out of the scaffolding should be implemented to moderate students' workload.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationITiCSE 2007
Subtitle of host publication12th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education - Inclusive Education in Computer Science
Pages136-140
Number of pages5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 27 Aug 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event12th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2007 - Dundee, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Jun 200727 Jun 2007
Conference number: 12

Conference

Conference12th Annual SIGCSE Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education, ITiCSE 2007
Abbreviated titleITiCSE
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityDundee
Period25/06/0727/06/07

Keywords

  • Case-based learning
  • Software project management education
  • Student scaffolding

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