Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on New Trends in Teaching and Education
Aligning Industry Training and Incubators with Learning Outcomes in Software Engineering Capstone Courses
While teaching a software engineering course, we noticed a lack of technical skills within the course setting. Based on this observation, we decided to redesign the course, shifting from classical classroom lectures to a capstone project approach and exploiting student participation in industry training and information and communication technology incubators. We conducted semi-structured interviews and relied on observations and exploratory data gathered on student participation in training, incubation, and the course. In order to validate the teaching strategy, we developed the InnoTechSE model, where students migrate from company training to an incubation centre while developing a capstone project in their capstone course. As a result, we found a decrease in technical challenges when industry training and incubation naturally align with the learning outcomes of the capstone course. We state hypothesis and propose future recommendations to test the model further with quantitative longitudinal studies.
keywords: Industry Training, Incubators, Innovative Model .