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INFORMATICS IN EDUCATION, 2007, Vol. 6, No. 1, 231-248
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ISSN 1648-5831

Computer Aided Modelling Exercises

Monique SNOECK, Raf HAESEN, Herman BUELENS, Manu De BACKER, Geert MONSIEUR

^{1}Management Information Systems, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven Naamsestraat 69, 3000 Leuven, Belgium ^{2}Dienst Universitair Onderwijs, Naamsestraat 98, 3000 Leuven, Belgium ^{3}Campus Vlekho, Koningsstraat 336, 1000 Brussels, Belgium E-mail: {monique.snoeck, raf.haesen, manu.debacker, geert.monsieur}@econ.kuleuven.be, herman.buelens@duo.kuleuven.ac.be

Abstract

This paper describes a didactical Computer Aided Software Engineering (CASE)-tool that was developed for use within the context of a course in object-oriented domain modelling. In particular, the tool was designed to address several inconveniences that challenge the realisation of the course objectives: the number of students enrolled does not allow for individual feedback (a); students have little opportunity to build a concrete information system, therefore they fail to predict the consequences of the different choices when building a conceptual model (b); students lack examples and practice on how to convert a conceptual model into a concrete information system (c); at the beginning of the course students have very different levels of prior knowledge leading to major differences in motivation and learning outcomes (d).

The tool was evaluated positively by the students and was shown to have a positive impact on the student's capabilities to construct object-oriented models.

It is argued that even better learning results can be realised by capitalizing on the opportunities for social interaction in an educational context.

Keywords:

teaching object-oriented modelling, computer aided modelling, CASE, automated consistency control in modelling processes, prototyping and concretizing models, model driven development


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