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Encouraging Interaction and Status Awareness in Undergraduate Software Engineering Projects: The Role of Social Networking Services

Lookup NU author(s): Terry Charlton, Dr Marie Devlin, Emeritus Professor Lindsay MarshallORCiD



As part of the CETL ALiC initiative (Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning: Active Learning in Computing), undergraduate computing science students at Newcastle and Durham universities participate in a year long, inter-institutional group programming assignment. Teams of students act as “virtual companies” and collaborate cross-site to develop software products for real-world industrial clients. This paper investigates the emergence and autonomous adoption of social networking technologies in our students’ communication strategies during the project, and explores the role that “status awareness” (knowledge of the current activities of one’s team mates) had on the outcome of that collaboration. We also present and discuss the findings of a recent trial of CommonGround, an application created to harness our students’ pre-existing engagement with social networking technologies such as Facebook.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Charlton T, Devlin M, Marshall L, Drummond S

Editor(s): Universidad Politecnica de Madrid - Servicio de Publicaciones-EUI-UPM

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IEEE Engineering Education

Year of Conference: 2010

Pages: 179-184

Date deposited: 22/09/2010

ISSN: 9781424465682

Publisher: Universidad Politecnica de Madrid


DOI: 10.1109/EDUCON.2010.5492580

Notes: Topic of conference: The Future of Global Learning in Engineering Education. Full paper only available on CD-ROM. Proceedings on CD-ROM - IEEE Catalog Number: CFP10EDU-CDR - ISBN: 978-1-4244-6569-9 Conference Program Book - ISBN: 978-84-96737-70-9. Depósito legal: M-11728-2010

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ISBN: 9781424465705