Using an Educational Mobile Application for Learning the Essence 1.2 Kernel Alphas
Keywords:e-learning, Educational technology, mobile, mobile l, Project Management Tools, Software Engineering
Essence 1.2 is a standard that facilitates the study of Software Engineering, by ‘essentializing’ the broad empirical knowledge related to this area. The main component of the standard is the kernel, which contains alphas that make it possible to assess the state and progress of a software project through the use of a holistic thinking framework. This paper presents an educational mobile application with which to learn the alphas, denominated as Alphalingo, which promotes active and meaningful learning through the inclusion of various learning styles, gamification, and spaced learning. The educational proposal was evaluated by means of a formal experiment, which was carried out with professionals working at a software enterprise in Mexico, who were randomly selected to form two groups: a control group, whose members attended classes for learning the Essence 1.2 kernel alphas, and an experimental group, which learned using Alphalingo. The statistical results obtained indicate that the use of Alphalingo has a motivating effect on learning, and that a greater degree of learning effectiveness is attained than when employing the face-to-face method.