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Identification and analysis of factors influencing the efficiency of web development team projects from the students' perspective

27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016

Abstract: Context: The postgraduate subject "Web Technologies" is offered to engineering students who have different engineering backgrounds. The students have generally studied other computer programming and design methodologies in their engineering domain. The major learning objectives of this subject include being able to critically evaluate web technologies, apply web design methodologies to web based systems, and work efficiently with groups. To achieve these objectives, we have designed a web development process to apply to the major assessment task of developing a web system as a group. This research is to study the efficiency of this process with regard to student learning.

Purpose: This research is to identify and analyse the factors that influence student learning in the postgraduate subject "Web Technologies" which is offered to students from different engineering domains.

Approach: To understand the efficiency of the web development process for the major assessment task, we designed interview questions and interviewed students using "potential speed" and "actual speed" of the web project development in each phase. The influence factors are identified from the interview results. A Causal Loop Diagram is used to analyse the relationships of these influence factors.

Results: The major factors to influence the efficiency of the web development process for student learning are identified and analysed. These factors include the project leader's leadership, group members' previous experience, personal skill overlap, motivation, communication method, time pressure, and learning curve factor.

Conclusions: The identified influence factors to the web development process will be further analysed to identify ways to further increase the efficiency of the process. New strategies for subject improvement will be developed based on these influence factors.

To cite this article: Kong, Xiaoying; Brookes, Wayne; Wang, Zhen; Han, Bowen and Liu, Li. Identification and analysis of factors influencing the efficiency of web development team projects from the students' perspective [online]. In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 420-428. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=683660792660213;res=IELENG> ISBN: 9780994152039. [cited 27 Apr 17].

Personal Author: Kong, Xiaoying; Brookes, Wayne; Wang, Zhen; Han, Bowen; Liu, Li; Source: In: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : AAEE 2016. Lismore, NSW: Southern Cross University, 2016: 420-428. DOI: Document Type: Conference Paper ISBN: 9780994152039 Subject: Engineering--Study and teaching; Education--Curricula; Computer networks--Technological innovations; Web sites--Design and construction; Computer programming--Study and teaching (Higher); Graduate students--Training of; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) University of Technology Sydney, email: xiaoying.kong@uts.edu.au
(2) University of Technology Sydney
(3) University of Technology Sydney
(4) University of Technology Sydney
(5) The University of Sydney

Database: Engineering Collection