|Authors||J. Gonzalez-Huerta, J. S. Molléri, A. Šablis and E. Zabardast|
|Title||Experiential Learning Approach for Software Engineering Courses at Higher Education Level|
|Project(s)||Department of IT Management|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2021|
|Journal||arXiv preprint arXiv:2012.14178|
Background: Software project management activities help to introducing software process models in Software Engineering courses. However, these activities should be adequately aligned with the learning outcomes and support student's progression.
Objective: Present and evaluate an approach to help students acquire theoretical and practical knowledge and experience real-world software projects' challenges. The approach combines a serious game and a design-implement task in which students develop a controlled-scale software system.
Methods: To evaluate our approach, we analyzed the students' perceptions collected through an online survey, their project plans, and their final reports using thematic analysis.
Results: Results suggest that the approach promotes knowledge acquisition, enables students' progression, reinforces theoretical concepts, and is properly aligned with the course's learning outcomes.
Conclusion: The approach seems to help introducing software process models in Software Engineering courses. Our experience can also be inspiring for educators willing to apply our approach in similar courses.