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ERIC Number: EJ1048540
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Nov
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISSN: EISSN-1946-6226
Integrating Testing into Software Engineering Courses Supported by a Collaborative Learning Environment
Clarke, Peter J.; Davis, Debra; King, Tariq M.; Pava, Jairo; Jones, Edward L.
ACM Transactions on Computing Education, v14 n3 Article 18 Nov 2014
As software becomes more ubiquitous and complex, the cost of software bugs continues to grow at a staggering rate. To remedy this situation, there needs to be major improvement in the knowledge and application of software validation techniques. Although there are several software validation techniques, software testing continues to be one of the most widely used in industry. The high demand for software engineers in the next decade has resulted in more software engineering (SE) courses being offered in academic institutions. However, due to the number of topics to be covered in SE courses, little or no attention is given to software testing, resulting in students entering industry with little or no testing experience. We propose a minimally disruptive approach of integrating software testing into SE courses by providing students access to a collaborative learning environment containing learning materials on testing techniques and testing tools. In this article, we describe the learning environment and the studies conducted to measure the benefits accrued by students using the learning environment in the SE courses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Florida
IES Grant or Contract Numbers: DUE-0736833|DUE-1225742|DUE-0736771