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SimSE: An Educational Software Engineering Simulation Game

Student: Emily Navarro


Collaborators: Calvin Lee, Mingstun "Terry" Fog, Yuguo "Barbara" Zhu


Advisor: André van der Hoek, UCI/ISR


Abstract: SimSE is an educational software engineering simulation environment whose goal is to bridge the gap between the large amount of conceptual software engineering knowledge given to students in lectures and the comparably small amount of this they actually get to put into practice in an associated "toy" software engineering project. SimSE allows students to practice a "virtual" software engineering process (or sub-process) in a fully graphical, interactive, and fun setting in which direct, graphical feedback enables them to learn the complex cause and effect relationships underlying the processes of software engineering. SimSE also includes model-building facilities that allow instructors to create different process models for their students to learn.


Bio: Emily Oh Navarro received her B.S. in Biological Sciences and her M.S. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine in 1998 and 2003, respectively. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in computer science at the University of California, Irvine, focusing on developing game-based simulation tools for software engineering education. She has been a GAANN fellowship recipient for the past 2 years and is an ARCS scholar.