Ambitious Educational Projects as Driving Force for Software Development
Arvid Staupe, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (IDI/NTNU), Norway ; Harald Haugen, Stord/Haugesund University College, Norway
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Honolulu, HI, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-73-0 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
In the pre-www era schools needed a communication system for collaboration. A requirement specification was set up, focusing on user friendliness, flexibility, distributed databases, transmission of formatted documents, pictures etc. Toolkits for development of applications and simulation were developed and integrated. Gradually innovative ideas at the time were embedded and the whole package grew beyond initial plans, catching attention also outside education. The combination of Windows and UNIX led to the name WINIX, a product that was really breaking barriers at the time. The success seemed obvious. But bureaucracy and politics terminated the adventure. By bringing researchers from Scandinavia together around educational and technical challenges of mutual interest, both a national and a Scandinavian network of educators and computer scientists were built. This fruitful collaborative work continued even and after the Winix project ended, in national and international projects, with thousands of students in Norway and around the world.
Staupe, A. & Haugen, H. (2009). Ambitious Educational Projects as Driving Force for Software Development. In G. Siemens & C. Fulford (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2009--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 226-235). Honolulu, HI, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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