P. Brosch, G. Kappel, M. Seidl, M. Wimmer: Teaching Model Engineering in the Large, Educators' Symposium @ Models 2009, Denver, USA; 06.10.2009. pdf


raditionally, models are considered as pretty pictures supporting merely the documentation of a software development project. With the rise of model-driven engineering (MDE) this viewpoint has to be reconsidered. Models become first-class artifacts which yield the basis for the generation of executable program code. In modern university curricula of computer science and related fields this
paradigm shift must not be ignored. At the Business Informatics Group (BIG) of the Vienna University of Technology we offer an advanced modeling course called Model Engineering where we elaborate current trends, development, and state-of-the-art techniques necessary to realize the visions of MDE. In this paper we report which concrete concepts and approaches we teach and how we structure and organize a practical hands-on lab where the students have to build their own model-driven development environment consisting of their own modeling languages, certain types of model transformations, and code generation facilities.