Encouraging Interaction and Status Awareness in Undergraduate Software Engineering Projects: The Role of Social Networking Services

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  2. Terry Charlton
  3. Dr Marie Devlin
  4. Dr Lindsay Marshall
Author(s)Charlton T, Devlin M, Marshall L, Drummond S
Editor(s)Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - Servicio de Publicaciones-EUI-UPM
Publication type Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)
Conference NameIEEE Engineering Education
Conference LocationMadrid, Spain
Year of Conference2010
Legacy Date14-16 April 2010
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As part of the CETL ALiC initiative (Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Active Learning in Computing), undergraduate computing science students at Newcastle and Durham universities participate in a year long, inter-institutional group programming assignment. Teams of students act as “virtual companies” and collaborate cross-site to develop software products for real-world industrial clients. This paper investigates the emergence and autonomous adoption of social networking technologies in our students’ communication strategies during the project, and explores the role that “status awareness” (knowledge of the current activities of one’s team mates) had on the outcome of that collaboration. We also present and discuss the findings of a recent trial of CommonGround, an application created to harness our students’ pre-existing engagement with social networking technologies such as Facebook.
PublisherUniversidad Politecnica de Madrid
NotesTopic of conference: The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education. Full paper only available on CD-ROM. Proceedings on CD-ROM - IEEE Catalog Number: CFP10EDU-CDR - ISBN: 978-1-4244-6569-9 Conference Program Book - ISBN: 978-84-96737-70-9. Depósito legal: M-11728-2010
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