Title: SCRUM-based learning and teaching
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23 June 2011
Author: Marija Cubric
The aim of the presentation is to describe and discuss an innovative blended learning and assessment method based on SCRUM, the most popular agile Project Management methodology.
SCRUM is a light weight project-management methodology, based on the ideas from lean manufacturing and complex-adaptive systems, and founded on the principles of close collaboration with customer, teamwork, early deployment of working products and frequent feedback that can be directly mapped to some of the most important principles of good teaching practice, as for example formulated by Chickering & Gamson.
We describe how this methodology can be adapted and deployed in L&T context using students’ group coursework as a “project” paradigm. We also propose a set of simple quantitative measures for assessing that the quality of “collaboration” within student groups.
The method was refined through its implementation in four consecutive academic years (since 2007/8) with different Business School MSc Project Managements student groups.
The same method can be used in different subject areas, in all modules that require development of non-cognitive skills such as: teamwork, giving and receiving feedback, collaborative writing/problem solving, time-management, project management etc., resulting in effective embedding of employability skills within curriculum.