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Introducing Problem-Based Learning in a Joint Masters Degree: Offshoring Information Technologies

Vincent Ribaud 1 Philippe Saliou 2 
Lab-STICC - Laboratoire des sciences et techniques de l'information, de la communication et de la connaissance, UBO - Université de Brest
Abstract : A young offshore software industry has grown up in Morocco. The University of Brest has set up a network of major software companies and Moroccan universities, providing two mobility schemes towards France. Both schemes include a final internship on the French side of global companies, with pre-employment on the Moroccan side - a successful internship being the key that opens the door to recruitment. Student heterogeneity, and student reluctance to move towards a professional attitude are important barriers to employability. Hence, we redesigned a significant proportion of our technical courses to use a problem-based learning (PBL) approach. The PBL approach is illustrated through drawing parallels with the production of a TV series. Three aspects of the approach are presented: (i) set-up of the studio in which sessions are run, i.e. a real software project, its work products and its software development environment; (ii) pre-production tasks including the screenwriting of problem-based learning scenarios and the procurement of input artefacts; and (iii) acting, i.e. students' interpretation of characters (roles) and teacher direction.
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Vincent Ribaud, Philippe Saliou. Introducing Problem-Based Learning in a Joint Masters Degree: Offshoring Information Technologies. International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE 12), Dec 2012, Bridgeport, United States. pp.311-319, ⟨10.1007/978-3-319-06773-5_42⟩. ⟨hal-00769847⟩



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