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Impact of the use of industrial modelling tools on modelling education

Grischa Liebel (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (Chalmers)) ; Rogardt Heldal (Institutionen för data- och informationsteknik, Software Engineering (Chalmers)) ; Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
29th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEEandT 2016; Dallas; United States; 5 April 2016 through 6 April 2016 p. 18-27. (2016)
[Konferensbidrag, refereegranskat]

It has been stated that industrial-grade modelling tools are unsuitable for teaching modelling. We assume, however, that the experiences of the teachers and the students is strongly connected to the support available. In this paper, we present our experience with a university course on software modelling. In the first year of the course, we used a commercial modelling tool, in the second year the open-source alternative Papyrus. Our quantitative analysis shows that the industrial-grade modelling tools with all their complexity did not have a negative impact on the students' experience of modelling. We analyse why our experience differs from published accounts and conclude that the availability of a tool champion and tailored instruction material is key. From this, we derive lessons learned and give recommendations on how to successfully use industrial-strength modelling tools in the classroom.

Nyckelord: Modelling Education, Open Source, Tooling

Denna post skapades 2016-07-08. Senast ändrad 2017-10-03.
CPL Pubid: 239176


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