Students as co-producers in a multidisciplinary software engineering project: addressing cultural distance and cross-cohort handover

Foster, David and Gilardi, Filippo and Martin, Paul and Song, Wei and Towey, Dave and White, Andrew (2018) Students as co-producers in a multidisciplinary software engineering project: addressing cultural distance and cross-cohort handover. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice . ISSN 1470-1278

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Abstract

This article reports on an undergraduate software engineering project in which, over a period of two years, four student teams from different cohorts developed a note-taking app for four academic clients at the students’ own university. We investigated how projects involving internal clients can give students the benefits of engaging in real software development while also giving them experience of a student-staff collaboration that has its own benefits for students, academics, and the university more broadly. As the university involved is a Sino-Foreign university located in China, where most students are Chinese and most teaching staff are not, this ‘student as co-producer’ approach interacts with another feature of the project: cultural distance. Based on analysis of notes, reports, interviews, and focus groups, we recommend that students should be provided with communicative strategies for dealing with academics as clients; universities should develop policies on ownership of student-staff collaborations; and projects should include a formalised handover process. This article can serve as guidance for educators considering a ‘students as co-producers’ approach for software development projects.

Item Type: Article
RIS ID: https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/939484
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice on 18 June 2018, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/13540602.2018.1486295
Keywords: Students as co-producers; student projects; inter-cultural communication; multi-cultural education; multi-disciplinary projects; software engineering
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Computer Science
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Centre for English Language Education
University of Nottingham Ningbo China > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of International Communications
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/13540602.2018.1486295
Depositing User: QIU, Lulu
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2018 12:34
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 19:41
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/52516

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