Students' perspectives on learning software engineering with open source projects: Lessons learnt after three years of program operation

Pantelis M. Papadopoulos*, Ioannis G. Stamelos, Andreas Meiszner

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSEDU 2012 - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education
Pages313-322
Number of pages10
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 16 Aug 2012
Externally publishedYes
Event4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2012 - Porto, Portugal
Duration: 16 Apr 201218 Apr 2012
Conference number: 4

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Computer Supported Education, CSEDU 2012
Abbreviated titleCSEDU 2012
CountryPortugal
CityPorto
Period16/04/1218/04/12

Keywords

  • Authentic learning
  • Learning community
  • Online learning
  • Open education
  • Open source
  • Project-based learning
  • Software engineering education

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