Vol.13, No.1, February 2024.                                                                                                                                                                               ISSN: 2217-8309

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TEM Journal



Association for Information Communication Technology Education and Science

Improving Software Engineering Students’ Creative Thinking and Motivation Using Practical Prototyping and Innovation Techniques


Vasil Kozov, Ekaterin Minev, Magdalena Andreeva


© 2024 Vasil Kozov, published by UIKTEN. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License. (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)


Citation Information: TEM Journal. Volume 13, Issue 1, Pages 646-651, ISSN 2217-8309, DOI: 10.18421/TEM131-67, February 2024.


Received: 15 October 2023.

Revised:   29 January 2024.
Accepted: 16 January 2024.
Published: 27 February 2024.




Traditionally university students lack motivation in subjects that are more focused on documentation and theory. This problem only deepens with each new generation. A practical workshop approach has been implemented in the subject “Analysing system requirements and specifications”. Its place in the curriculum is explained. A technique for developing innovation and prototypes, used by Google for motivation is described. The method of its’ implementation is thoroughly documented. A brief experiment in the form of a workshop is described and the gathered data is analysed. A survey on student feedback is conducted and the results are discussed. Influence on student soft skills improvement is evaluated. An observation on using the methodology as an introductory workshop to break the ice with engineering students is made. The conclusions made based on the feedback data and discussions with students show that the methodology is successful and student motivation and attendance is increased.


Keywords –Software engineering, business analyst training, higher education, soft skill improvement, practical application, prototyping and interview methodology.



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