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Experiences with Distributed Open Source Courses Kirsti Ala-Mutka & Tommi Mikkonen Tampere University of Technology Institute of Software Systems Overview of the presentation Motivation Course as a project entity Open Source Courseware project Course material bank

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experiences with distributed open source courses

Experiences with Distributed Open Source Courses

Kirsti Ala-Mutka & Tommi Mikkonen

Tampere University of Technology

Institute of Software Systems

overview of the presentation
Overview of the presentation
  • Motivation
  • Course as a project entity
  • Open Source Courseware project
  • Course material bank
  • Distributed course organization
  • Experiences on a trial course
  • Conclusion
motivation
Motivation
  • Rapid development of the field of information technology
  • Increasing number of students
  • Lack of teaching resources
  • Constantly changing teaching personnel
  • Need to assure the contents and development of courses
  • All universities face same problems in their software engineering education
course as a project entity
Course as a project entity
  • Each course has an own identity, disk space, loginname, WWW-pages
  • Course related materials are not personalized to a certain teacher
  • Course is carried out as a project with regular staff meetings and reports
  • Experiences have proved this to be a good model if teaching staff changes or the course is transferred to another university
open source courseware project 2002 2004
Open Source Courseware project 2002-2004
  • Develops a model for co-operative course development between universities
    • course material bank
    • course organization model
  • Helps to develop up-to-date software engineering education
  • Participants: Tampere University of Technology, University of Tampere, Oulu University
  • First 4 courses are given on 2002
course material bank
Course material bank
  • All materials are produced with Open Source principles (Gnu FDL)
  • Contains all course materials (transparencies, exercises, model solutions, etc.)
  • Instructions for material usage
  • Reports and feedback of previous courses
  • Courses are divided into subsections for better reusability
distributed course organization
Distributed course organization
  • One university is responsible for lectures and overall course management
  • Remote universities have staff to take care of local tutoring and administration
  • Lectures are delivered by videoconferencing, tutorials are organized locally
  • Regular staff meetings are essential in managing the multi-site course project
experiences from a trial course
Experiences from a trial course
  • Spring 2002: Programming of mobile devices, 4.5 ECTS cu
  • 3 sites, 150 students, 10 teachers
  • Contained lectures, exercises, project work
  • Student feedback was concentrated in course contents, not technical issues
  • Also students that work besides studying could more easily take the course
  • Both students and course personnel considered the experience positive
conclusion
Conclusion
  • The model supports well traditional university contact education
  • Cost savings despite of coordination work
  • Course materials and contents must be planned, documented and archived very carefully good for course development in general
  • Next year this course will be given again with similar implementation model
questions
Questions?

Thank you for your attention!

Contact information:

kirsti.ala-mutka@tut.fi

tommi.mikkonen@tut.fi

Tampere University of Technology

Institute of Software Systems