cc 17(11): e3

Research Article

Experience with Teaching an Online Course in Mobile App Development for Senegalese Students and Professionals

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  • @ARTICLE{10.4108/eai.30-6-2017.153145,
        author={Christelle Scharff and Jean-Marie Preira and El Hadji Lamine Biaye},
        title={Experience with Teaching an Online Course in Mobile App Development for Senegalese Students and Professionals},
        journal={EAI Endorsed Transactions on Collaborative Computing},
        volume={3},
        number={11},
        publisher={EAI},
        journal_a={CC},
        year={2017},
        month={6},
        keywords={Android; Education; GitHub; Mobile App Development; Online Education; Senegal; Slack},
        doi={10.4108/eai.30-6-2017.153145}
    }
    
  • Christelle Scharff
    Jean-Marie Preira
    El Hadji Lamine Biaye
    Year: 2017
    Experience with Teaching an Online Course in Mobile App Development for Senegalese Students and Professionals
    CC
    EAI
    DOI: 10.4108/eai.30-6-2017.153145
Christelle Scharff1,*, Jean-Marie Preira2, El Hadji Lamine Biaye3
  • 1: Pace University, Deparment of Computer Science, New York, NY, USA; Mobile4Senegal Association, Dakar, Senegal
  • 2: ESMT, Department of Computer Science, Dakar, Senegal; Mobile4Senegal Association, Dakar, Senegal
  • 3: Université Assane Seck, Laboratoire d'Informatique pour l'Ingénierie et l'Innovation, Ziguinchor, Senegal; Mobile4Senegal Association, Dakar, Senegal
*Contact email: cscharff@pace.edu

Abstract

Online education has been described as a means to transform access to education and increase opportunities at a global scale. In this paper, we describe our experience with teaching an eight-week online course in mobile app development for Senegalese students and professionals. The course design and delivery leverage our understanding of the Senegalese context, and emphasized direct communication and the use of peer-review practices and professional tools such as Slack and GitHub. We focus on participants’ motivation and experience. The preliminary results we present are useful for academic institutions, tech hubs and capacity building organizations targeting developing markets.