Across the wire: Teaching software engineering at a distance
There is growing experience with teaching technical topics at a distance. From this experience educators and purchasers of distance courses have derived a large number of questions and concerns. Among these are questions regarding the quality of instruction provided using a particular technology, the importance of real-time interaction, and the authentication of work performed by students whom the instructor never meets face-to-face.
Also of interest is how to deal with student apprehension and procrastination, and how to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction delivered in this manner. Related to this is the appropriate technology to use. Lower tech approaches tend to depend on ubiquitous devices (VCRs, telephones, etc.) which higher tech approaches demand more investment (video conference rooms, desk-top screen sharing, etc.) that limit the potential audience. How does one evaluate this trade-off and how does the decision evaluate the quality of instruction? Does more technology reduce or aggravate the problems for a student learning at a distance?
These topics will be touched on by short presentations by the panelists. Questions from the audience will be entertained.
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