Change Management: Overcoming the Challenges of Introducing Self-Driven Learning


  • Kay Berkling Duale Hochschule Karlsruhe Deutschland
  • Armin Zundel Inline Internet Online GmbH



Blended Learning, Ecosystem of Learning, Education, Gamification, Peer Evaluation, Problem Based Learning, Software Engineering


This paper describes the process of designing a course for Software Engineering that promotes self-driven learning while taking into account student motivation, scaffolding and a constrained ecosystem at the XXX University. The University has certain particularities that distinguish it from other Universities because students alternate quarters between study and work. Thus, students receive a salary during their three years towards earning a Bachelor Degree and attendance is mandatory. In cohorts of around 30 students a class spends an average day with at least 5 hours of mostly frontal lecture in the same classic classroom setup. Software Engineering takes up about 5 hours a week of in-class time in their second year of study and is the first course students have seen with a self-driven, blended learning format. The paper describes the process of designing a course for self-driven learning. It starts with a gamified approach that plunges the student directly into a new world of learning and ends with a scaffolded design that leads the students in a one-year-long process of “unschooling”, leaving students less frustrated and more motivated, while still attaining a high level of achievement.

Author Biographies

Kay Berkling, Duale Hochschule Karlsruhe Deutschland

Prof. K. M. Berkling, PhD is a professor of Computer Science at the Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe, Germany. She has been teaching Software Engineering since 2004, is Senior member of IEEE;

Armin Zundel, Inline Internet Online GmbH

Dr. A. Zundel, has been teaching Computer Science as Professor at the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico, the University of Virgin Islands. He is currently an adjunct lecturer at the Cooperative State University, Karlsruhe. He is the CEO of his own company since 1996 delivering IT-services;




How to Cite

Berkling, K., & Zundel, A. (2015). Change Management: Overcoming the Challenges of Introducing Self-Driven Learning. International Journal of Engineering Pedagogy (iJEP), 5(4), pp. 38–46.