Adopting Virtual Reality as a Medium for Software Development Process Education

Gulec U., Yilmaz M., Isler V., O'Connor R., Clarke P.

International Conference on Software and System Process (ICSSP), Gothenburg, Sweden, 26 - 27 May 2018, pp.71-75 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Doi Number: 10.1145/3202710.3203161
  • City: Gothenburg
  • Country: Sweden
  • Page Numbers: pp.71-75
  • Keywords: Virtual experience in software development, software process, virtual reality, GAME, STUDENTS
  • Gazi University Affiliated: No


Software development is a complex process of collaborative endeavour which requires hands-on experience starting from requirement analysis through to software testing and ultimately demands continuous maintenance so as to mitigate risks and uncertainty. Therefore, training experienced software practitioners is a challenging task. To address this gap, we propose an interactive virtual reality training environment for software practitioners to gain virtual experience based on the tasks of software development. The goal is to transport participants to a virtual software development organization where they experience simulated development process problems and conflicting situations, where they will interact virtually with distinctive personalities, roles and characters borrowed from real software development organizations. This PhD in progress paper investigates the literature and proposes a novel approach where participants can acquire important new process knowledge. Our preliminary observations suggest that a complementary VR-based training tool is likely to improve the experience of novice software developers and ultimately it has a great potential for training activities in software development organizations.