Informing Science + IT Education Conference 2003 Proceedings


Informing Science + IT Education Conference

Pori, Finland June 24-27, 2003

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Using the New Generation of IS Development Techniques in Effective Group Learning: A Pilot

Study of a Team-Based Approach in an IT Course

Glen Linton Van Der Vyver and Michael Lane

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

University of Southern Queensland, Australia

Adaptive and fluid applications development methodologies such as Prototyping, RAD, FAD and Ex-treme

Programming have emerged in recent years in response to organisational realities that include rapid change,

uncertainty and ambiguity. These methodologies are well suited to the team-based ap-proach that has become so

important in the modern organisation. Yet, many educational programmes in the West still focus on individual

learning and assessment. This paper reports on a pilot study where team-based methods are incorporated into a

demanding undergraduate I.T. course. An attempt is also made to create a learning environment that incorporates

elements of the ‘real world.’ It is established that a team-based approach, where there is a focus on interdependency

and group learning, can lead to some dramatic improvements in the performance of IT students but a number of

unexpected problems emerge.

Keywords: Organisational Learning; Team Learning; Prototyping; RAD; FAD; Extreme Programming; Teaching IS

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ISSN 1535-07-03
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