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Issue No. 06 - November/December (2006 vol. 23)
ISSN: 0740-7459
pp: 36-43
Brendan Quinn , The Open University
Leonor Barroca , The Open University
Bashar Nuseibeh , The Open University
Juan Fern?ndez-Ramil , The Open University
Lucia Rapanotti , The Open University
Pete Thomas , The Open University
Michel Wermelinger , The Open University
There are many challenges in delivering a software engineering curriculum by distance learning. The Open University has offered distance learning master's programs in computing and software engineering for over 20 years. The nature of the main student constituency shapes the curriculum's structure, content, and delivery for its master's in software development and related programs. Theses programs are characterized as part-time, open, large-scale distance learning, professionally accredited, and primarily aimed at practitioners in the IT industry. The article discusses the implications of each of these characteristics for the curriculum and its delivery and outlines the program's future directions. This article is part of a special issue on Software Engineering Curriculum Development.
Distance learning, Accreditation, Curriculum, Software Engineering

P. Thomas et al., "Learning Software Engineering at a Distance," in IEEE Software, vol. 23, no. , pp. 36-43, 2006.
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