West Virginia University Bases Class on Mozilla

Sunday October 3rd, 1999

An innovative class at West Virginia University uses the open resources at to track and study the creation of a full-scale 'real-life' software project. Tim Newton, a student in the Software Anatomy class, has more:

"The masterís program in software engineering at WVU holds a very interesting class based on the Mozilla web site. Software Anatomy, taught by Dr. John Callahan, structures the class around a huge software project. Dr. Callahan decided that Mozilla had everything needed to show students the complexity of a 'real life' software project, which takes several departments to function. Everyone in the class has to pick a topic from which Mozilla is structured around. Presentations and lectures from each student are required so that all class members can learn more detail about each process from their fellow classmates. So far, the class has proven very successful in keeping the studentís interest and demonstrating all the avenues needed to put a complex project together."

#10 Nice work

by Anon

Friday October 8th, 1999 3:35 PM

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I am sure this innovative way of teaching is going to be remembered as a great design pattern of getting "real software metrics" and would also help get feedback back to the public domain group involved with the same.

It serves as a great motivation I am sure to the student community who always like to be involved with efforts such as Mozilla (browser framework) which has changed the face of the internet as we know it today.

I remember a quote that I came across "Education's purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one" What better place than the open source community. :-)

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