6. Some Worked Better Than Others: Experience with a Variety of Service-Learning Projects

  1. Brian A. Nejmeh
  1. Ken Vollmar and
  2. Peter Sanderson

Published Online: 7 JUN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch6

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education

How to Cite

Vollmar, K. and Sanderson, P. (2012) Some Worked Better Than Others: Experience with a Variety of Service-Learning Projects, in Service-Learning in the Computer and Information Sciences: Practical Applications in Engineering Education (ed B. A. Nejmeh), John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, NJ, USA. doi: 10.1002/9781118319130.ch6

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 MAY 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118100349

Online ISBN: 9781118319130

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Keywords:

  • community partner organization;
  • service-learning (S-L) projects;
  • software engineering

Summary

This chapter describes some of the service-learning (S-L) projects in computer software used in software engineering courses, and considers the effect of project characteristics upon project outcome. It appears that the number of causes of failure of S-L projects is relatively small. This chapter assumes the environment of S-L projects that exists at Missouri State University. In some courses, the S-L project is integrated into the course for every student, is not optional, and does not result in additional course credit. In other courses, including software engineering, an S-L project is an optional, one-credit-hour additional course component, to which students demonstrate their commitment through the corresponding tuition. An S-L project is often a service performed on behalf of a customer who is a community partner organization. In software engineering, S-L projects are most commonly group projects in which the group is self-formed.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

computer software; learning (artificial intelligence); software engineering