“Hybrid Work Provides the Best of both Worlds” Software Engineering Students’ Perception of Group Work in Different Work Settings

Sofia Ouhbi, Nuno Pombo

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Abstract

Productivity plays a crucial role in the success of any software project involving individuals. With the rise of hybrid work models due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both higher education and industry settings have witnessed significant changes in how group and individual productivity are perceived. This study aims to investigate software engineering students’ perception of productivity across various group work settings and cultural contexts using a questionnaire-based approach. The study primarily focuses on assessing students’ perspectives on self-productivity, teammates’ productivity, and overall group productivity, along with their emotional experiences related to these factors. Seventy-seven university students from two European countries, namely Portugal and Sweden, voluntarily participated in this study. The results indicated that the majority of students who had experience with hybrid work expressed a preference for continuing this mode of work in future group projects. However, a few students expressed a desire to transition to either fully online or onsite work based on their positive or negative experiences collaborating with others. Additionally, the results revealed that cultural contexts had no significant influence on students’ perception of productivity.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTowards a Hybrid, Flexible and Socially Engaged Higher Education - Proceedings of the 26th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning ICL 2023
EditorsMichael E. Auer, Uriel R. Cukierman, Eduardo Vendrell Vidal, Edmundo Tovar Caro
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages455-466
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783031526664
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event26th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2023 - Madrid, Spain
Duration: Sept 26 2023Sept 29 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Networks and Systems
Volume900 LNNS
ISSN (Print)2367-3370
ISSN (Electronic)2367-3389

Conference

Conference26th International Conference on Interactive Collaborative Learning, ICL 2023
Country/TerritorySpain
CityMadrid
Period9/26/239/29/23

Keywords

  • hybrid
  • software engineering education
  • students’ perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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