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The role of the tutorials is to provide a platform for a more intensive scientific exchange amongst researchers interested in a particular topic and as a meeting point for the community. Tutorials complement the depth-oriented technical sessions by providing participants with broad overviews of emerging fields. A tutorial can be scheduled for 1.5 or 3 hours.

Building and Using an Apprenticeship Simulator for Teaching/Leaning Enterprise Modeling


Ilia Bider
DSV, Stockholm University
Brief Bio
For a long time, Ilia Bider has actively combined research activities with practical work, in the end settling down in the academia as a Lecturer at a Department of Computer and Systems Sciences (DSV) of Stockholm University to reflect on his practical experience and, if possible, transfer the knowledge acquired to the younger generation. Having background in both engineering (MS from a Moscow Technical University), and science (PhD from the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology), he worked in practice in different capacities, such as programmer, bug-fixer, group and project leader, technical and business consultant, functioning as an employee for others, and as a co-founder of a Swedish consulting business called IbisSoft. He used his practical experience as inspiration for research, and his practice as a test-bed for new research ideas. Most of his published works (rising to about 70) are, in one way or another, connected to his practical work.

Enterprise modeling skills consist of two components: (1) formal – ability to depict a model using syntax and semantic of a modeling language; (2) informal – ability to dissect the reality in order to identify the components and their relationships to be modeled. While the first component is quite suitable to be taught in the classroom, the second belong to the category of “difficult knowledge” – tacit knowledge, or the Ways of Thinking and Practicing (WTP). WTP is difficult to acquire in the classroom environment, apprenticeship being a more suitable form for teaching and learning. The tutorial presents a reasonable (low-cost) approximation to apprenticeship using a multi-media presentation of a business case to be used in a modeling project. The participants will learn how to build and use an apprenticeship simulator based on an example from the presenter’s own practice.
Target Audience: University teachers who teach or about to teach a course(s) that includes any kind of enterprise modeling, such as conceptual modeling, goal modeling, process modeling, or requirements engineering.
Prerequisite Knowledge of Audience: Experience in any kind of enterprise modeling or requirements engineering.


Enterprise modeling, education, learning environment, tacit knowledge, difficult knowledge, apprenticeship, simulation, multimedia

Target Audience

University teachers who teach or about to teach a course(s) that includes any kind of enterprise modeling, such as conceptual modeling, goal modeling, process modeling, or requirements engineering

Detailed Outline

• Formal (explicit) and tacit components of the knowledge needed for becoming an expert in modeling
• Apprenticeship as a way of acquiring tacit knowledge
• Challenges in teaching/learning modeling in “on campus environment”
• Simulating apprenticeship using multimedia presentation - main ideas
2.Overview of an example from practice
• Description of the course before simulator
• Changes made
• Results achieved
3.Building an apprenticeship simulator
• Creating presentation fragments
- Simulation of interviews
- Simulation of web-based resources (web-site, twitter, et.)
- Simulation of document based resources
• Tying fragments to assignments
• Creating an integrated simulator using Wordpress
4.Using an apprenticeship simulator in a course
5.Q&A. Discussion

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