How much impact can be made in a week? Designing effective international service learning projects for computing

Grace Ngai, Stephen C.F. Chan

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Service learning has been gaining attention in recent years. It has been established as an effective method to teach students a variety of concepts that are not easily taught in the classroom, and much effort has gone into making service learning accessible and relevant to computer science students. This paper investigates a popular mode of computing-related service learning - offshore projects that seek to introduce information and computing technologies (ICTs) into a beneficiary population. Based on multiple years of experience working with ICTs in service learning, the authors examine the impact on students and beneficiaries through several critical questions, and draw conclusions and recommendations on good practices for designing offshore service learning projects for computing students.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSIGCSE 2015 - Proceedings of the 46th ACM Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781450329668
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015
Event46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015 - Kansas City, United States
Duration: 4 Mar 20157 Mar 2015


Conference46th SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, SIGCSE 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityKansas City


  • International projects
  • Service-learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)

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