It's Not What You Think: Lessons Learned Developing an Online Software Engineering Program

Kevin Gary, Sohum Sohoni, Timothy Lindquist

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Abstract

Online education comes in various flavors - skills centered short-duration training, massively open online courses (MOOCs), and more recently, the offering of full online degree programs. In the past 4 years at Arizona State University, the faculty created an online software engineering degree program equivalent to an existing on-campus program, and produced its first graduates in Spring 2017. The challenges in creating this program were significant, but surprisingly the main challenges were not the ones that the faculty anticipated at the outset of the program's development. This paper shares the lessons learned from the development of the online degree program, with an emphasis on the gap between faculty expectations and fears versus the actual issues that needed to be addressed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017
EditorsHironori Washizaki, Nancy Mead
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages236-240
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781538625361
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 4 2017
Event30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017 - Savannah, United States
Duration: Nov 7 2017Nov 9 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017
Volume2017-January

Other

Other30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySavannah
Period11/7/1711/9/17

Keywords

  • Online education
  • Project-based learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education

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    Gary, K., Sohoni, S., & Lindquist, T. (2017). It's Not What You Think: Lessons Learned Developing an Online Software Engineering Program. In H. Washizaki, & N. Mead (Eds.), Proceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017 (pp. 236-240). (Proceedings - 30th IEEE Conference on Software Engineering Education and Training, CSEE and T 2017; Vol. 2017-January). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CSEET.2017.45