The teams in the Software Engineering class worked on building a website for the ProjectMT project at MTSU. Dr. Zhijiang Dong helped is giving us the requirements and the student teams worked on completing the website that the project used.
Fall 2009 and Spring 2010
This project helped to create an interactive, group-based computerized democracy education tool using archival materials in the Albert Gore Research Center. Professor Sarkar Software Engineering–CSCI 4700 class helped create, design, and test the simulation software. Professor Williams, Director of Senator Gore Research Center and his graduate assistants collaborated to research, assemble, and transmit to Sarkar's team the content for the simulation.
The goal of the project was for a group of students–perhaps 8 to 10 per team in a class of 35–to be able to simulate how elected officials create policy and make decisions in our legislative system. For example, one student could assume the role of Senator Albert Gore, Sr., another the secretary of state, others constituents from Tennessee, and the rest staff roles, other policy makers, and so on. Once the simulation begins, each role player would receive factual information that emerged from the archival records. As each player begins to act out their role based on the information they have at each stage, other players are prompted to respond, make decisions, and so forth, until the simulation ends with the passage or defeat of a bill (such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964), or similar endpoint. We successfully complete this project and teachers from public schools in surrounding counties are testing this software with their students.