Pre-conference workshop: Agile teaching and learning

Kevin Gary, Sohum Sohoni, Suhas Xavier

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

3 Scopus citations


Agile methods are the fastest rising software lifecycle process methods in software engineering. Educators are converting traditional and project-base courses to agile in response, but this is a daunting task with few structured teaching resources methods available to reduce the burden on the educator. In professional practice, agile methods have been particularly effective in empowering experienced software engineers through its focus on empirical process control and constant feedback loop. These process traits are difficult to simulate in an academic setting, as student developers are inexperienced, synchronous meeting times are few and far between, and obtaining meaningful constant feedback a laborious undertaking. This workshop will present a comprehensive approach to teaching Agile methods that is itself agile, employing a highly iterative, continuous feedback-driven process. Pedagogical and assessment strategies will be shared, and the presenter will facilitate a best practices interactive discussion to draw out lessons learned from workshop participants. Specific agile practices with supporting labs from the popular Scrum and eXtreme Programming (XP) process models will be presented. The workshop will also encourage interaction amongst participants to share best practices and lessons learned. Research directions related to the application of agile principles to teaching and learning will be discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference
Subtitle of host publicationLaunching a New Vision in Engineering Education, FIE 2015 - Proceedings
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479984534
StatePublished - Dec 2 2015
Event2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015 - El Paso, United States
Duration: Oct 21 2015Oct 24 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
ISSN (Print)1539-4565


Other2015 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityEl Paso


  • agile
  • assessment
  • integration
  • software engineering
  • software process

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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