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Ubiquitous Systems as a learning context to promote innovation skills in ICT students

The ubiquitous presence of ICT in our lives call for professionals who have a deep understanding of technology, but who are also able to understand and frame the relevant contributions that are needed from many other disciplines. We argue that Ubiquitous Systems provide an excellent learning context for introducing ICT students to this broader view of ICT innovation. In this work, we report on our experience of teaching Ubiquitous Systems to ICT students and how it can provide a relevant context for learning about valuable and systemic use of information technology in real-world situations. As part of our experience in teaching multiple editions of this course, we have identified 4 main themes that recurrently emerge as fundamental issues in the project design, more specifically: the technical scope, the selection of project topics, multidisciplinary work, and project organization. Based on quantitative and qualitative data gathered over 3 editions of this course, we address a number of key design challenges regarding each of those themes. This contribution should inform the design of other courses, providing a framework to reason about the key design decisions and their effect on the ability to promote advanced competences for ICT students

Rui José
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

Helena Rodrigues
Universidade do Minho
Portugal

 

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