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Open Ended Group Projects (OEGP): A way of including diversity in the IT curriculum
Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology. Uppsala University, Teknisk-naturvetenskapliga vetenskapsområdet, Mathematics and Computer Science, Department of Information Technology, Computer Systems. Datorteknik. (UpCERG)
2006 (English)In: Diversity in information technology education: Issues and controversities, Information Science Publishing, London , 2006, 166-195 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Modern societies are now beginning to accept that their citizens are diverse but, arguably, have not yet faced up to the challenges of diversity. Schools and universities thus have a role to play in equipping students for the diverse society in which they will live and work. IT students in particular need to appreciate the diversity of society as they specify, design, build and evaluate systems for a wide range of people. This chapter examines the concept of the Open Ended Group Project (OEGP) and uses examples to demonstrate that OEGP forms an effective technique for encouraging students to work together in diverse teams. The appropriateness of OEGP as a means of addressing diversity in the curriculum is examined and it is concluded that OEGP offers a suitable means of enabling students to develop strategies for accommodating diversity in both their future working life and the wider society.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Information Science Publishing, London , 2006. 166-195 p.
Keyword [en]
Computing education
National Category
Computer Science
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-77351ISBN: 1-59140-742-7 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-77351DiVA: diva2:105263
Available from: 2006-03-14 Created: 2006-03-14 Last updated: 2011-03-18
In thesis
1. Developing and Assessing Professional Competencies: a Pipe Dream?: Experiences from an Open-Ended Group Project Learning Environment
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Developing and Assessing Professional Competencies: a Pipe Dream?: Experiences from an Open-Ended Group Project Learning Environment
2011 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Professional competencies are explicitly identified in the primary learning outcomes for science and engineering degrees at many tertiary institutions.  Fulfillment of the requirements to equip our students with these skills, while formally acknowledged as important by all stakeholders, can be hard to demonstrate in practice.  Most degree awarding institutions would have difficulties if asked to document where in degree programs such competencies are developed.

The work in this thesis addresses the issue of professional competencies from several angles.  The Open-Ended Group Project (OEGP) concept is introduced and proposed as an approach to constructing learning environments in which students’ development of professional competencies can be stimulated and assessed.  Scholarly, research-based development of the IT in Society course unit (ITiS) is described and analyzed in order to present ideas for tailoring OEGP-based course units towards meeting learning objectives related to professional competence.  Work in this thesis includes an examination of both the meanings attributed to the term professional competencies, and methods which can be used to assess the competencies once they are agreed on.

The empirical work on developing ITiS is based on a framework for educational research, which has been both refined and extended as an integral part of my research.  The action research methodology is presented and concrete examples of implementations of different pedagogical interventions, based on the methodology, are given.  The framework provides support for relating a theoretical foundation to studies, or development, of learning environments.  The particular theoretical foundation for the examples in this thesis includes, apart from the action research methodology, constructivism, conceptual change, threshold concepts, communities of practice, ill-structured problem solving, the reflective practicum, and problem based learning.

The key finding in this thesis is that development and assessment of professional competencies is not a pipe dream.  Assessment can be accomplished, and the OEGP concept provides a flexible base for creating an appropriate learning environment for this purpose.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2011. 107 p.
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Science and Technology, ISSN 1651-6214 ; 808
Keyword
Computing education research, engineering education research, computer science, open-ended group project, professional competencies, action research, educational research framework, learning, communities of practice, constructivism, conceptual change, threshold concepts, problem based learning, ill-structured problem solving, international student collaboration, constructive controversy, reflection
National Category
Computer Science Didactics
Research subject
Computer Science with specialization in Computer Science Education Research
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-145983 (URN)978-91-554-8024-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2011-04-09, Auditorium Minus, Museum Gustavianum, Akademigatan 3, Uppsala, 13:15 (English)
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Available from: 2011-03-18 Created: 2011-02-14 Last updated: 2014-07-21

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