Piccinini, N., & Scollo, G. (2006). Cooperative Project-based Learning in a Web-based Software Engineering Course. Educational Technology & Society, 9 (4), 54-62.

Cooperative Project-based Learning in a Web-based Software Engineering Course

Nicola Piccinini

Università di Verona, Dipartimento di Informatica, Ca' Vignal 2, Strada Le Grazie 15, I-37134 Verona, Italy, piccinini@sci.univr.it, http://www.sci.univr.it/~piccini


Giuseppe Scollo

Università di Catania, Dipartimento di Matematica e Informatica, Viale Andrea Doria, 6, I-95125 Catania, Italy, scollo@dmi.unict.it, http://www.dmi.unict.it/~scollo


ABSTRACT: Even in self-organized project-based learning, the instructorsí role re-mains critical, especially in the initial orientation provided to the students in order to grasp the educational goals and the various roles they may undertake to achieve them. In this paper we survey a few questions proposed to that purpose in a web-based software engineering course, together with relevant answers, we outline the project set-up methodology aimed at providing students with that initial orientation in the laboratory part of the course, we collect a few empirical data out of the latest seven-year history of the course and, finally, we put the presented work in the context of current approaches to software engineering education and draw brief conclusions.

Keywords: Problem-based learning, Project-based learning, Cooperative web-based learning, Self-organized learning, Meta-cognitive reinforcement

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