Project-Based Learning and Agile Methodologies in Electronic Courses: Effect of Student Population and Open Issues

Marina Zapater, Pedro Malagon, Juan-Mariano De Goyeneche, Jose M. Moya
2013 Electronics  
Project-Based Learning (PBL) and Agile methodologies have proven to be very interesting instructional strategies in Electronics and Engineering education, because they provide practical learning skills that help students understand the basis of electronics. In this paper we analyze two courses, one belonging to a Master in Electronic Engineering and one to a Bachelor in Telecommunication Engineering that apply Agile-PBL methodologies, and compare the results obtained in both courses with a
more » ... tional laboratory course. Our results support previous work stating that Agile-PBL methodologies increase student satisfaction. However, we also highlight some open issues that negatively affect the implementation of these methodologies, such as planning overhead or accidental complexity. Moreover, we show how differences in the student population, mostly related to the time spent on-campus, their commitment to the course or part-time dedication, have an impact on the benefits of Agile-PBL methods. In these cases, Agile-PBL methodologies by themselves are not enough and need to be combined with other techniques to increase student motivation.
doi:10.7251/els1317082z fatcat:ynyclirevng6xobkjkcuxgqbhu