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Integrating mobile orienteering to team forming activity in a software engineering course

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSEFI 2016 Annual Conference Proceedings
Subtitle of host publicationEngineering Education on Top of the World: Industry University Cooperation
PublisherEuropean Society for Engineering Education SEFI
ISBN (Electronic)9782873520144
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2016
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education -
Duration: 1 Jan 1900 → …


ConferenceAnnual Conference of the European Society for Engineering Education
Period1/01/00 → …


One of the most important skills software engineers need when entering work life is working in teams, including communicating, collaborating, as well as coordinating work in a team. This paper presents a team building activity aiming to support the first phases of team formation with a mobile orienteering activity. Created tasks at orienteering checkpoints were related to communication, collaboration and work division. Students were enthusiastic about the activity and expressed in their group reports on the activity that it supported the team building activity well, helped break the ice and supported agreeing the ways of working. Students also liked getting out of the classroom. The approach seems promising and we will investigate in the future similar type of activities in the first phases of team formation as well as will explore further integrating physical activity to the exercise sessions.


  • soft skills, engineering skills, collaboration, Team working, group forming, mobile orienteering, team forming

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