eduScrum - the empowerment of students

In engineering education by Eduarda Pinto Ferreira & Angelo Martins

The students are not all alike. It is one of the characteristics of the human species that makes it especially adaptable to the formation of communities: people complement each other. So, if students have different characteristics, a rigid “one-size-fits-all” approach will not be successful.

It may be achievable, if you try to find a lowest common denominator, but we all know what that means: wasting most of the students' potential.

In this paper we describe the application of a Scrum based pedagogical approach to several courses of the Informatics Engineering bachelor program of ISEP (LEI-ISEP). eduScrum is a framework where much of the responsibility for the learning process management is delegated from teachers to students, both in terms of time and effort management. This flexibility allows for multiple student profiles to actively participate in the learning process.

eduScrum builds on top of the Scrum project management methodology and active learning best practices, such as peer learning and embrace correction.


eduScrum, Active learning, Learning Assessment, Standards 8, 11


Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP, School of Engineering - Polytechnic of Porto) is the largest polytechnic engineering school in Portugal with more than 6500 students and over 400 teachers. It is located in Porto and lectures 12 first cycle and 10 second cycle Bologna programs. 11 of this programs are EUR-ACE accredited.

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