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Incorporating a self-directed learning pedagogy in the computing classroom: problem-based learning as a means to improving software engineering learning outcomes

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dc.contributor.author Cawley, Oisín
dc.contributor.author Weibelzahl, Stephan
dc.contributor.author Richardson, Ita
dc.contributor.author Delaney, Yvonne
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-30T11:00:20Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-30T11:00:20Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/4387
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract With a focus on addressing the perceived skills gap in Software Engineering (SE) graduates, some educators have looked to employing alternative teaching and learning strategies in the classroom. One such pedagogy is Problem-Based Learning (PBL), an approach the authors have incorporated into the SE curriculum in two separate third-level institutions in Ireland, namely the University of Limerick (UL) and the National College of Ireland (NCI). PBL is an approach to teaching and learning which is quite different to the more typical “lecture” style found in most 3rd level institutions. PBL allows lecturers to meet educational and industry-specific objectives; however, while it has been used widely in Medical and Business schools, its use has not been so widespread with computing educators. PBL is not without its difficulties given that it requires significant changes in the role of the lecturer and the active participation of the students. Here, the authors present the approach taken to implement PBL into their respective programs. They present the pitfalls and obstacles that needed to be addressed, the levels of success that have been achieved so far, and briefly discuss some of the important aspects that Software Engineering lecturers should consider. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher IGI Global en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Overcoming Challenges in Software Engineering Education: Delivering Non-Technical Knowledge and Skills, Liguo, Yu (ed);chapter 18
dc.relation.uri http://www.igi-global.com/book/overcoming-challenges-software-engineering-education/94858
dc.rights Copyright © 2014, IGI Global. Copying or distributing in print or electronic forms without written permission of IGI Global is prohibited. en_US
dc.subject software engineering en_US
dc.subject PBL en_US
dc.subject students en_US
dc.title Incorporating a self-directed learning pedagogy in the computing classroom: problem-based learning as a means to improving software engineering learning outcomes en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/book en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.contributor.sponsor SFI en_US
dc.relation.projectid 08/IN.1/I2030 en_US
dc.relation.projectid 10/CE/I1855 en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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