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Type: Conference paper
Title: Evaluating GameDevTycoon for teaching software engineering
Author: Szabo, C.
Citation: Proceedings of the 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, 2014 / Dougherty, J., Nagel, K., Decker, A., Eiselt, K. (ed./s), pp.403-408
Publisher: ACM
Issue Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781450326056
Conference Name: 45th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education (SIGSCE) (5 Mar 2014 - 8 Mar 2014 : Atlanta, Georgia)
Editor: Dougherty, J.
Nagel, K.
Decker, A.
Eiselt, K.
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Claudia Szabo
Abstract: Academia and industry recognize the effectiveness of teaching Software Engineering through group-based project work supported by lectures discussing software engineering theory. However, while undertaking such project work, only a very small number of students in the team are exposed to team leadership and project management. This is because teams usually struggle with organization and timely task completion, and there is usually no time left to rotate leadership roles. To alleviate this problem, several gaming approaches have been proposed. In this paper, we analyze GameDevTycoon, the most recent addition to such games. We include a gameplay and reflection component in our group-based project course and perform a quantitative analysis of a team management and leadership aspects that the students encountered during their gameplay. We further compare and evaluate GameDevTycoon against five other software engineering-focused games. Our analysis shows the advantages and disadvantages of using GameDevTycoon for teaching project management and highlight further directions towards better inclusion in the curriculum.
Keywords: Computer Science Education; Software Engineering
Rights: Copyright 2014 ACM
DOI: 10.1145/2538862.2538971
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