Journal of Information Technology Education

Articles from Vol. 7, Annual

A Computer Science Educational Program for Establishing an Entry Point into the Computing Community of Practice
Introduction During the last two decades, a program in computer science (CS) (Gal-Ezer, Beeri, Harel, & Yehudai, 1995) and a program in software engineering (SE) (The Ministry of Education, 2004) especially designed for the high-school level...
Adding XML to the MIS Curriculum: Lessons from the Classroom
Introduction One of the main functions of MIS faculty is to carefully choose topics for the MIS curriculum that will give students the most powerful and complete set of skills and knowledge within the restraints of the available resources. Currently,...
A Methodological Review of Computer Science Education Research
Introduction One of the most influential books on computer science education research (Fincher & Petre, 2004) begins with the following statement: "Computer science education research is an emergent area and is still giving rise to a literature"...
An Introductory Course on Service-Oriented Computing for High Schools
Introduction Computer science education in high schools can be traced back to the 1980s when the procedural programming language Pascal was identified as the language of choice. In the 1990s, when the object-oriented computing paradigm dominated...
A Perspective on a Management Information Systems (MIS) Program Review
Introduction Periodic program reviews are important for a continuous curriculum improvement initiative. Colleges or schools seeking accreditation or re-accreditation from various establishments go through a process of analyzing and reporting...
A Qualitative Investigation of an All-Female Group in a Software Engineering Course Project
Introduction It has been well established that, within North America, participation rates in Information Technology (IT) programs, such as Computer Science (CS) and Software Engineering (SE), are significantly male biased. Recent reports suggest...
Business Informatics: An Engineering Perspective on Information Systems
Introduction Over the last few decades, universities have offered various courses in management, information technology, computer science, software engineering and more recently information systems, information management, and business informatics....
Changing Mental Models of the IT Professions: A Theoretical Framework
Introduction We are facing a crisis in information technology (IT) education. As a nation, we are not educating an appropriate cross-section of society to become the next generation of IT professionals, thereby shutting female and minority students...
Comparison of Face-to-Face and Hybrid Delivery of a Course That Requires Technology Skills Development
Introduction Online learning continues to be a leading growth sector in higher education (Allen & Seaman, 2006; Foster & Carnevale, 2007; Kim & Bonk, 2006). The online learning movement demonstrated significant attention during the...
Critical Skill Sets of Entry-Level IT Professionals: An Empirical Examination of Perceptions from Field Personnel
Introduction Information technology (IT) professionals constitute one of the greatest cadres of knowledge workers in modern organizations today. Knowledge workers make up over one-half of the US workforce (Laudon & Laudon, 2004) and include...
Effectiveness of Program Visualization: A Case Study with the ViLLE Tool
Introduction Learning to program is not an easy task. According to multi-national studies published in recent years, students have problems in writing program code (McCracken et al., 2001), in reading and tracing skills (Lister et al., 2004),...
Enabling a Comprehensive Teaching Strategy: Video Lectures
Introduction This research contributes to the resolution of two problems that occur in university-level education. One is how to help otherwise failing students or students uninterested in studying using traditional classroom lecture and text...
Examining the Effects of Technology Attributes on Learning: A Contingency Perspective
Introduction Today's economy is characterized by industrial change, globalization, increased intensive competition, knowledge sharing and transfer, and a revolution in information technology (Zhang & Nunamaker, 2003). In order to succeed...
Factors That Influence Information Systems Undergraduates to Pursue IT Certification
Introduction "I am a rising senior who is currently trying to obtain an entry-level IT job and have been turned down because I do not have any certifications." Methods of social closure (Weber, 1922/1978), such as voluntary certification,...
Framing Professional Development in Information and Communications Technologies: University Perspectives
Introduction ICT professional development can enable transformative change in teaching practice (Russel as cited in Prestridge, 2007). One of the challenges includes transformation of pedagogy instead of just a change of tools. For example, a...
From Requirements to Code: Issues and Learning in IS Students' Systems Development Projects
Introduction Information Systems (IS) is one of five computing disciplines identified by Computing Curricula (2005), the others being Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology, and Software Engineering. However, because IS...
Survival Mode: The Stresses and Strains of Computing Curricula Review
Introduction In an ideal world, review and changes to computing curricula should be driven solely by academic concerns for the needs of students. The process should be informed by industry accreditation processes and international best practice...
Syndicated RSS Feeds for Course Information Distribution
Introduction to RSS While the concept for RSS emerged in 1997 with the release of channels in Microsoft's Internet Explorer 4.0 browser, the first version of RDF Site Summary (RSS) emerged in 1999. It is also identified by several other names...
Ten Reasons for IT Educators to Be Early Adopters of IT Innovations
Introduction Innovations in the field of information technology (IT) continue to increase at an ever spiraling rate; advances in operating systems, software, communication devices and methodologies are renovating the inventory of IT products...
The Effectiveness of Screencasts and Cognitive Tools as Scaffolding for Novice Object-Oriented Programmers
Introduction The present article describes a project aimed at investigating the use of structured, screencast-based exercises, in conjunction with the popular BlueJ (Barnes & Kolling, 2002; Kolling, Quig, Patterson, & Rosenberg, 2003;...
The Pentagonal E-Portfolio Model for Selecting, Adopting, Building, and Implementing an E-Portfolio
Introduction With the proliferation of technology across the educational spectrum, there has been increased interest in student portfolios. A student portfolio is an organized compilation of artifacts that demonstrates learning and achievement...
Towards the Development of a New Model for Best Practice and Knowledge Construction in Virtual Campuses
Introduction Over the past decade, eLearning and the development of virtual campuses have evolved and developed at such a rapid rate that they are commonly accepted as an increasingly popular alternative to traditional face-to-face education...
Twenty Years of Girls into Computing Days: Has It Been Worth the Effort?
Introduction In 1991, 27.6% of the students enrolled in Australian tertiary computing degrees were female (Gibson & Hartnett, 1993). At this time the Federal Government indicated that raising the number of women in such non-traditional degrees...
Using a Problem-Based Learning Approach to Teach an Intelligent Systems Course
Introduction Intelligent Systems is an elective course in the Master of Business Information Technology (MBIT) program offered by the School of Business IT of RMIT University. This course has been offered since the early nineties and although...