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CAPSTONE PROJECTS AS COMMUNITY CONNECTORS Ruth E. Anderson, Gaetano Borriello, Hlne Martin
 

Summary: CAPSTONE PROJECTS AS COMMUNITY CONNECTORS
Ruth E. Anderson, Gaetano Borriello, Hélène Martin
Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington
AC101 Paul G. Allen Center, Box 352350, Seattle, WA, 98195-2350
{rea, gaetano, ln}@cs.washington.edu
Leonard Black
Department of Business Administration, Heritage University,
3240 Fort Road, Toppenish, WA, 98948
Black_l@heritage.edu
ABSTRACT
At the University of Washington, a capstone design project to help artists market
their craft, taught students valuable, cross-cultural collaboration skills while providing
evidence of the local and global positive impacts of computing. In this project, which
took place in the context of a year-long course focusing on technology for low-income
regions, a group of senior computing students worked with business students and faculty
at Heritage University to create an on-line store for marketing crafts made by artists in
rural Washington state and Mexico. In addition to the skills normally gained in capstone
design courses, including group work, iterative design, and software engineering,
students in this project learned to collaborate over a distance with partners from different
backgrounds and to capitalize on the strengths of each group. In this paper, we briefly

  

Source: Anderson, Ruth - Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Washington at Seattle

 

Collections: Computer Technologies and Information Sciences