An Online Education Platform for Teaching MDE

Will Barnett*, Steffen Zschaler, Artur Boronat, Antonio Garcia-Dominguez, Dimitris Kolovos

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The setup and configuration of Model-Driven Engineering (MDE) tools is not straightforward because the MDE tooling landscape is highly fragmented. Also, many MDE tools are research prototypes with limited documentation. In an education setting where the aim is to teach MDE, having to spend time setting up and configuring tools reduces the amount of time learners have available to focus on the concepts being taught. Although certain tools, such as Epsilon and Umple, offer web-based playgrounds for their specific tools, they do not cover the full range of MDE activities. By generalising and extending the Epsilon Playground, we have created an education platform that can support a variety of MDE tools and be configured by teachers to use for their learning activities. We provide an overview of the platform's architecture and give an example of the tool and activity configurations using an Epsilon Validation Language (EVL) activity. We demonstrate the support for multiple tools with an Object Constraint Language (OCL) example and discuss key design decisions and the plan for future work. We hope that the education platform described here will provide opportunities for collaboration on the creation and dissemination of learning resources for the teaching of MDE.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Companion, MODELS-C 2023
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages114-121
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9798350324983
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2023
Event2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, MODELS-C 2023 - Vasteras, Sweden
Duration: 1 Oct 20236 Oct 2023

Publication series

NameProceedings - 2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems Companion, MODELS-C 2023

Conference

Conference2023 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Model Driven Engineering Languages and Systems, MODELS-C 2023
Country/TerritorySweden
CityVasteras
Period1/10/236/10/23

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Zschaler and Barnett’s contribution was partly funded by the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) through the MDENet grant (EP/T030747/1).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 IEEE.

Keywords

  • education
  • frameworks
  • MDE

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