Conveying Concepts Through Cartoons: Preliminary Results from Software Engineers in an Industrial Organization Theory Class


  • Carlos Mario Zapata Jaramillo
  • Yris Olaya
  • Michael J. Fekula


Cartoons have been used to improve learning in several disciplines such as linguistics, politics, and sociology, but they have seldom been used to teach in engineering programs. The authors produced and used a cartoon book to introduce some basic concepts associated with software engineering to a heterogeneous group of students enrolled in an industrial organization theory class. There is preliminary support for this approach since students exhibited the ability to more quickly employ challenging software engineering concepts after using this method.