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A comparison of two iterations of a software studio course based on continuous integration

Authors

William Billingsley and Jim Steel

NICTA

University of Queensland

Abstract

In previous work we introduced a software studio course in which seventy students used continuous integration practices to collaborate on a common legacy code base. This enabled students to experience the issues of realistically sized software projects, and learn and apply appropriate techniques to overcome them, in a course without significant extra staffing. Although the course was broadly successful in its goals, it received a mixed response from students, and our paper noted several issues to overcome. This paper considers experimental changes to the course in the light of our previous findings, and additional data from the official student surveys. Two iterations of the course and their respective results are compared. Whereas our previous paper addressed the feasibility of such a course, this paper considers how the student experience can be improved. The paper also considers how such a course can be adapted for more heterogeneous cohorts, such as the introduction of an unknown number of design and database students, or the introduction of online students.

BibTeX Entry

  @inproceedings{Billingsley_Steel_13,
    publisher        = {ACM},
    doi              = {10.1145/2462476.2465592},
    author           = {Billingsley, William and Steel, Jim},
    year             = {2013},
    month            = jul,
    slides           = {http://ts.data61.csiro.au/publications/nicta_slides/6606.pdf},
    keywords         = {computers and education, continuous integration, software engineering, studio course, experience
                        report},
    title            = {A Comparison of Two Iterations of a Software Studio Course Based on Continuous Integration},
    booktitle        = {Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE)},
    pages            = {213-218},
    address          = {Canterbury, UK}
  }

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