Killing 3 birds with one course: service learning, professional writing, and project management (abstract only)

@inproceedings{Mertz2012Killing3B,
  title={Killing 3 birds with one course: service learning, professional writing, and project management (abstract only)},
  author={Joseph Mertz and Scott McElfresh and Steven K. Andrianoff and Jennifer Dempsey},
  booktitle={SIGCSE},
  year={2012}
}
Service learning is a great idea, but can be fraught with problems. We have taken an alternative to the project-course approach. Instead of team-based system-development, we use a student-consultant model. Students individually consult with a nonprofit. Each student leads a small technology project that brings about sustainable change in an organization, while developing analysis, planning, and communication skills. One instructor can manage 30 clients a semester, and we have had nearly 400 to… CONTINUE READING