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Ready for Prime Time, - Yes, Industrial-Grade Modelling Tools can be Used in Education

Authors Grischa Liebel
Rogardt Heldal
Jan-Philipp Steghöfer
Michel Chaudron
Publisher University of Gothenburg
Place of publication Göteborg
Publication year 2015
Published at Department of Computer Science and Engineering (GU)
Language en
Subject categories Computer and Information Science, Other information technology, Learning


It has been stated that industrial-grade modelling tools are unsuitable for teaching modelling. In this paper, we present our experience with a university course on software modelling. In the first year of the course, we used a commercial modelling tool, in the second year the open-source alternative Papyrus. Both tools are considered to be of industrial grade and used in industry. Our quantitative analysis shows that the industrial-grade modelling tools with all their complexity did not have a negative impact on the students' experience of modelling. This shows that industrial-grade modelling tools can be used in the classroom. We analyse why our experience differs from published accounts and conclude that the availability of a tool champion and tailored instruction material is key. From this, we derive recommendations for teacher support from tool-providers (vendors and open source), research directions for researchers and teachers, and for training efforts in the industry.

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