Journal of Information Technology Education

Articles from Vol. 3, Annual

A Comparison of Baccalaureate Programs in Information Technology with Baccalaureate Programs in Computer Science and Information Systems
Introduction Recently, a number of universities in the United States and elsewhere have started baccalaureate programs in Information Technology (IT). In addition to the universities with which the authors are affiliated, these institutions include...
Advancing the IS Curricula: The Identification of Important Communication Skills Needed by IS Staff during Systems Development
Introduction In the past, computer scientists frequently developed systems that were not acceptable to the users of the system, which is why information technology curricula were developed in business schools (Mann, 2002). These problematic systems...
An Agent System to Support Student Teams Working Online
Introduction The higher education sector is being encouraged to provide more teaching materials and modules online, both as part of distance learning provision and as supplementary aids to learning for campus based courses (Eisenberg, 1998). Indeed...
An Exploration of Dualisms in Female Perceptions of IT Work
Introduction This paper examines the perceptions of women in the IT industry as expressed in their discourse about IT work. Giddens' structuration theory is used to illuminate how women construct and express their everyday experiences in this very...
Approximate Degrees of Similarity between a User's Knowledge and the Tutorial Systems' Knowledge Base
Introduction The classical view of a typical intelligent tutorial system (ITS) involves at least four components. These include the knowledge base or the expert system component KC, the inference engine or the pedagogical component IC, the learner's...
Cyber Terrorism: A Study of the Extent of Coverage in Computer Security Textbooks
Introduction Terrorism is the most pressing national security issue facing the United States and its allies around the world. This became shockingly clear on September 11, 2001 and promises to be a long-lasting threat requiring a total commitment...
Designing Online Information Systems for Portfolio-Based Assessment: Design Criteria and Heuristics
Introduction Internationally, there has been a significant increase in the use of online portfolios in tertiary, secondary, primary and professional education over the last three years (see, for example, American Association for Higher Education,...
Enhancing Student Performance in Online Learning and Traditional Face-to-Face Class Delivery
Introduction The MSc Management of eBusiness and MSc IT with Web Technology are innovative online learning programmes offered by the School of Computing at the University of Paisley. The programmes provide the skills that modern managers need to...
Implementing eLearning Programmes for Higher Education: A Review of the Literature
Introduction Education has become a commodity in which people seek to invest for their own personal gain, to ensure equality of opportunity and as a route to a better life (Davies, 1998). As a result, providers of Higher Education (HE) are finding...
Integrating IS Curriculum Knowledge through a Cluster-Computing Project-A Successful Experiment
Introduction Business students majoring in areas such as MIS, IS, and IT in business colleges are arriving at college with ever-increasing technical proficiencies. Many businesses, as a result of changing needs, have begun to appreciate the value...
Redesigning the Traditional Business Gaming Process-Aiming to Capture Business Process Authenticity
Background Higher-level business and information systems (IS) education is in a state of change, as the traditional curriculum does not coincide with business realities. There is a clear move in business schools away from viewing programs as solely...
Secondary School Business Educators' Perceptions of the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Needed by Information Systems Majors Relative to Other Business Majors
Introduction As the economy rebounds, it will be clear that the need for greater numbers of highly qualified IT professionals has not disappeared (Brown, 2003). Although the growth rate of jobs in information technology (IT) slowed, there were approximately...
Software for the Synergistic Integration of Science with ICT Education
Introduction In 1996, the Advisory Committee to the National Science Foundation Directorate of Education and Human Resources issued its Review of Undergraduate Education entitled Shaping the Future--New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in...
Studying Computer Science in a Multidisciplinary Degree Programme: Freshman Students' Orientation, Knowledge, and Background
Introduction Teachers and lecturers at universities are facing an increasing disparity in students' prior IT knowledge, skills and abilities (Meredyth, Russel, Blackwood, Thomas, & Wise, 1999) and at the same time experience a growing disengagement...
Supporting Students in C++ Programming Courses with Automatic Program Style Assessment
Introduction Programming style, i.e., the way to use a programming language and to write program code, is one of the important but too often neglected issues in programming. With habits of writing bad code, it is possible to make a program impossible...
Teaching Network Security in a Virtual Learning Environment
Introduction The requirements of information security have undergone three major changes in the last decades. The first major change was the introduction of the computer. The need for protecting files and information became evident. Collection of...
Teaching Structured Design of Network Algorithms in Enhanced Versions of SQL
Introduction In several database (and other) applications, structures such as trees, graphs, and networks play a prominent role; see for instance Aho, Hopcroft, and Ullman (1983), Houtsma and Apers (1992), Kung, Wagner, and Woa (1995), and Ullman...
The Alignment of Software Testing Skills of IS Students with Industry Practices-A South African Perspective
Introduction Software testing is accepted as an integral part of the systems development process. Testing proves that the system works correctly as it was intended to and that it demonstrates that the developers have understood and met customers'...
Using a "Socio-Cultural" Approach in Teaching Information Technology to African American Students with Academic Difficulties
Introduction The fields of computer science and information technology are essential knowledge domains for the information-based economies of the 21st century. Accordingly, they will be areas in which much of the decision making for these economies...
Ways of Experiencing the Act of Learning to Program: A Phenomenographic Study of Introductory Programming Students at University
Introduction Although perceptive practicing teachers of programming are able to intuitively scope the perspectives of their students when it comes to learning to program, little formal empirical study has been conducted into this phenomenon. By...
Web Log Analysis: A Study of Instructor Evaluations Done Online
Introduction The rapid development of Internet-based technology and an increased desire to reduce the cost and time required to administer and record students' evaluations of faculty members has prompted some schools to move towards the use of online...
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