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About

Julian Bass is researching how communities adapt and use digital technologies. He has published findings in ICT for International Development, agile software development methodologies and socio-technical systems engineering (See Citation List).

 

Dr Bass is a lecturer at University of Salford, Co-Chair of the IFIP Working Group Conference on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2017 and a Senior Editor of the Electronic Journal of Information Systems in Developing Countries (EJISDC).

Bio

Julian was formerly secretary of the IFIP Working Group on the Social Implications of Computers in Developing Countries.

Previously Dr Bass was the Higher Education IT Advisor at the Higher Education Strategy Centre (an agency of the Ministry of Education) in Ethiopia.

He co-authored and edited the national Computing Guidance Notes and Benchmark document now in use in the country.

Software Engineering Education

International group work in software engineering

The paper describes on-going development of International Group Work as part of Software Engineering teaching and learning. Social computing (collaboration) software tools were used to enable communication and joint working. An Agile software development method was used. An initial pilot was conducted as an exploratory extra-curricula activity. Subsequently, a credit bearing pilot was conducted as an integrated part of the syllabus at both the participating institutions and will be further explored in a subsequent phase of the study. Our international software engineering group project pilot benefits graduate employability by offering first-hand experience of a geographically distributed software development model.

 

The full paper is available for download here

Software engineering: learning, employment and globalization

The paper describes an International Software Engineering Group-Project Pilot. Students were given an opportunity to explore software development in an international team. Social computing (collaboration) software tools were used to enable communication and joint working. An Agile software development method was used. The pilot was conducted as an exploratory extra-curricula activity. The student volunteers were distracted by assignments and credit-bearing assessments. Also, we noted that greater effort was required from supervisors to create a supportive management environment. Despite these shortcomings, the pilot has subsequently been integrated into the syllabus at both the participating institutions and will be further explored in a subsequent phase of the study. Our international software engineering group project pilot provides graduate employability benefits by offering first-hand experience of a geographically distributed software development model.

 

 The full paper is available for download here.

 

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