Scaling to Meet the Online Demand in Software Engineering
Forthcoming Article
Authors: Kevin Gary, Sohum Sohoni, Ruben Acuna, Alexandra Mehlhase, Robert Heinrichs
DOI: 10.1615/IntJInnovOnlineEdu.2020032599

Arizona State University's Bachelor of Science in Software Engineering is the first ABET accredited software engineering program offered in an online modality. ASU's online software engineering program has experienced rapid growth, to over one thousand students in a 5-year span. The program’s design is the same as the on-campus offering, featuring a unique curriculum centered on a professional spine comprised of team-oriented project-based learning courses. The scale of the program and its growth, combined with a hands-on applied learning approach, creates challenges that have mandated innovative and adaptable processes to be successful. Specifically, the faculty have led a three-year effort on pedagogical innovations and internal quality process improvements to address unique aspects of online software engineering education delivery. In this paper we will present the evolution of the online program and the innovations required to support scale and growth while producing industry-ready software engineers. These innovations have resulted in an upward trend in student satisfaction, reversing a prior three-year downward trend from the inception of the online program.

© International Journal on Innovations in Online Education, 2015 Home Streams Printed Issues Webinars About
© Published by Begell House Inc., 2016