Agile Project-Based Teaching and Learning

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Talk at the 11th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, SERP 2013, at the WORLDCOMP 2013, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

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Agile Project-Based Teaching and Learning

  1. 1. WORLDCOMP 2013 Agile Project-Based Teaching and Learning Dagmar Monett Talk at the 11th International Conference on Software Engineering Research and Practice, SERP 2013 Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013
  2. 2. How do students learn best? D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 2
  3. 3. D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, was created 2013 The paper’s word cloud USA, July 22-25,with Tagxedo 3
  4. 4. D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 4
  5. 5.  Module: Project Management (14 ECTS-credits)  Sub-modules at the BSEL: - Project and Quality Management (20%) - Multidisciplinary Lab using Agile techniques (30%)  Sub-module at the enterprises/companies: - Practice Transfer (50%) (ECTS: European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, 1 credit point = 30 hours of study) D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 5
  6. 6. Multidisciplinary Lab using Agile  Agile Project-based Learning  Interdisciplinary approach - Agile  Metaheuristics  TSP  Agile in general, XP in particular  44 Semester Credit Hours (1 SCH = 45 Min. of teaching time)  Block course (4 blocks)  Coaching sections  Agile project development in the Lab (theo + pract) D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 6
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  8. 8. D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 8 © Rawich
  9. 9. Four compact teaching blocks D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 9 © Rawich
  10. 10. 6 Semester Credit Hours D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 10 © Rawich
  11. 11. 2 continuous days in PC Lab 16 Semester Credit Hours D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 11 © Rawich
  12. 12. 2 continuous days in PC Lab 16 Semester Credit Hours one month later D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 12 © Rawich
  13. 13. 6 Semester Credit Hours by the term’s end D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 13 © Rawich
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  15. 15. Example of double credit hour Duration in minutes 5 Welcoming, Agenda 20 Theory: Planning game 3 Brainstorming: Examples 20 Theory: Project requirements 2 Advice on planning game 35 Transfer: Planning game 3 5 Sandwich = passive + active learning units Feedback, Conclusions 90 min. © digitalart D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 15
  16. 16. The reality of some passive learning units… © FNO Press http://www.jerryking.com/ D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 16
  17. 17. Double credit hour with teamwork 3rd course block: mainly teamwork in the Lab D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 17
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  19. 19. D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 19 © http://freeaninationwallpaper.blogspot.de
  20. 20. In parenthesis: students answering survey D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 20 © http://freeaninationwallpaper.blogspot.de
  21. 21. 3 releases No much time available each week (4 SCH) No special didactic method or coaching Some projects incomplete by term’s end D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 21 © http://freeaninationwallpaper.blogspot.de
  22. 22. 2 releases (former students’ feedback) Intensive work in the Lab (2 x 16 SCH) Several didactic methods + coaching + tools All course projects successfully finished! D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 22 © http://freeaninationwallpaper.blogspot.de
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  24. 24. Course/Teaching evaluation  Anonymous questionnaire independent of formal faculty evaluations  Questions (16) catalogue with descriptive scale values  Four major topics: - course and project requirements - teaching and coaching - how students learned - Agile techniques D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 24
  25. 25. Ex. topic: Agile techniques Descriptive values available: very much very helpful excessive D. Monett normal normal adequate very little irritating insufficient Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 abstention abstention abstention 25
  26. 26. Averages (4 editions, N=103) D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 26
  27. 27. Averages (4 editions, N=103) time/requirements: normal/realistic TSP & ACO: motivating quality/ productivity: improved very much D. Monett course: motivating Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 27
  28. 28. Averages (SS2011 vs. SS2012) 11 12 D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 28
  29. 29. Few students still “behind”… D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 29
  30. 30. But… D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 30
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  32. 32. Most mentioned positive comments D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 32 © StuartMile
  33. 33. Tools: a big plus! D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 33
  34. 34. Conclusions D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 © luigidiamanti 34
  35. 35. Teach Agile in a blocked course and project-based! D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 35 © podpad
  36. 36. Use a sandwich structure: combine passive with active learning units! D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 36 © Rawich
  37. 37. What you get Higher students‘ engagement Favorable team work Active in-class participation Skills‘ improvement Successful projects Student satisfaction … © thaikrit D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 37
  38. 38. Students: “We learn better with project-based Agile!” D. Monett Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, July 22-25, 2013 38

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