Teaching software systems thinking at The Open University

Wermelinger, Michel; Hall, Jon; Rapanotti, Lucia; Barroca, Leonor; Ramage, Magnus and Bandara, Arosha (2015). Teaching software systems thinking at The Open University. In: Proceedings of the 37th International Conference on Software Engineering, IEEE, pp. 307–310.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICSE.2015.161


The Open University is a distance-based higher education institution. Most of our students are in employment and study from home, contacting their tutor and fellow students via e-mail and discussion forums. In this paper, we describe our undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the software systems area, how we teach them at a distance, and our focus on shifting our students’ minds into a reflective, critical, holistic socio-technical view of software systems that is relevant to their particular professional contexts.

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