Software development students represent DkIT at EU Erasmus+ funded project in France20 May 2022
A group of second-year DkIT students from the BSc (Honours) in Computing in Software Development put their full-stack development skills to the test in France in March 2022.
Working in teams with students from IUT Lens (France) and ISP Gaya (Portugal), they undertook the challenging task of developing web apps as part of an EU Erasmus+ funded project.
During the week the students went from concept to design to development of a web application. Although all coding took place during the week in IUT Lens, preparations began a few weeks beforehand. Vicky Leahy, a language lecturer in DkIT, conducted a mini-workshop on the French language, French culture, and tips on working/studying in an intercultural environment. Students also met their French and Portuguese peers online to get to know each other and form their teams.
In France, each team used Figma, React and SQLite to design and develop their apps and GitHub to share their code with their teammates. The students also honed their presentation skills, as they were required to give two presentations during the week. They presented their initial concept after two days. Each team pitched their app on the final day.
It was not all work
Students spent their first-day sightseeing in Paris, visiting the Eiffel tower and other landmarks. The hosts, IUT Lens, organised a visit to the Vimy Ridge WWI war memorial, a game of bowling, and a project evening out where the students got to socialise with their teammates in the Irish Tavern. All told, it was an enriching experience for the students. One student remarked how the project helped them to "become more confident making connections with new people" and another student stated that they learned "to distribute work effectively and how to get along with teammates."
To sum up the experience, one DkIT student said:
"To be honest, I think I've learned a lot during this project that is indescribable. I feel much more confident in doing everything after participating in this project."
The project was supported through Erasmus+ and the National Forum's 2019 Enhancement Fund.