Development of the flexible learning materials for software development

Shi, Hao and Horwood, John (2005) Development of the flexible learning materials for software development. Journal of Harbin Institute of Technology, Vol. 1 (Suppl.). pp.143-146. ISSN 1005-9113


SCM2313 Software Development is a core second year subject currently offered to undergraduate students at Footscray Park (Melbourne, Australia), Hong Kong, Tianjin (China) and ABC (Sydney, Australia) campuses of Victoria University. The project aims to redesign the existing subject curriculum. It provides a learning context in which learners can reflect on new material, discuss their tentative understandings with others, actively search for new information, develop skills in communication and collaboration, and build conceptual connections to their existing knowledge base. The key feature of the cross-campus curriculum innovation is the use of WebCT to assist in subject content organization and online delivery. A well-defined and integrated case study is used throughout the subject to provide realistic practical experience of software development. It allows students to take control of their own learning while at the same time providing support to those students who have particular learning difficulties. In this paper, the developed curriculum and online learning activities will be presented, live webCT course materials will be demonstrated, and our webCT experience, including both onshore and offshore student feedback, will be discussed.

Item type Article
Subjects Historical > RFCD Classification > 330000 Education
Historical > RFCD Classification > 280000 Information, Computing and Communication Sciences
Keywords online learning, WebCT, software education, flexible learning materials
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