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Software Engineering Education and Training, Conference on (2007)
Dublin, Ireland
July 3, 2007 to July 5, 2007
ISSN: 1093-0175
ISBN: 0-7695-2893-7
pp: 195-202
Emily Oh Navarro , University of California, Irvine
Andre van der Hoek , University of California, Irvine
Software engineering educational approaches are often evaluated only anecdotally, or in informal pilot studies. We describe a more comprehensive approach to evaluating a software engineering educational technique (SimSE, a graphical, interactive, customizable, game-based software engineering simulation environment). Our method for evaluating SimSE went above and beyond anecdotal experience and approached evaluation from a number of differ-ent angles through a family of studies designed to assess SimSE?s effectiveness and guide its development. In this paper, we demonstrate the insights and lessons that can be gained when using such a multi-angled evaluation approach. Our hope is that, from this paper, educators will: (1) learn ideas about how to more comprehensively evaluate their own approaches, and (2) be provided with evidence about the educational effectiveness of SimSE.

A. v. Hoek and E. O. Navarro, "Comprehensive Evaluation of an Educational Software Engineering Simulation Environment," 20th Conference on Software Engineering Education & Training (CSEET'07)(CSEET), Dublin, 2007, pp. 195-202.
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