Journal of Information Technology Education

Articles from Vol. 5, Annual

Academic Standards for Developing, Implementing, Evaluating, and Improving Information Science and Technology Baccalaureate Degrees
Introduction In 2004, approximately two million individuals with a bachelor's degree worked in the fastest growing information sciences and technology (IST)-related professions. Projection statistics indicate that occupations in the IT field are...
A Curriculum Model Based on the SIGITE Guidelines
Introduction This paper describes a process for developing an outcome based objectives model (Helps, Lunt, & Anthony, 2005) for implementing an undergraduate computer information technology (CIT) curriculum. Outcome based objectives are an integral...
A Formal Language Selection Process for Introductory Programming Courses
Introduction A cursory glance through back issues of computer-related journals makes it apparent that discussions about the introductory programming language course and the language appropriate for that course have been numerous and on-going (Smolarski,...
An Implementation of the IT Fundamentals Knowledge Area in an Introductory IT Course
Introduction Model curricula have played an important role in helping institutions design and deliver programs in a wide variety of disciplines. As model curricula are typically formulated by groups of representatives from programs that are highly...
A Self-Paced Introductory Programming Course
Introduction The challenge of teaching programming to students coming in with very different levels of programming expertise has been widely noted in the computer science (CS) literature (Roberts, 2000), with prior programming experience leading...
Best Practices in E-Assessment
History and Evolution of the Assessment Movement Assessment is not new to academia, with the roots of the current movement dating back over two decades (Martell & Calderon, 2005). But two decades hardly take us back to the origins of educational...
Beyond the Model: Building an Effective and Dynamic IT Curriculum
Introduction Efforts to define an Information Technology (IT) discipline across educational institutions began in earnest in 2001, and included parallel work to develop both IT accreditation criteria and a model IT curriculum. The Special Interest...
Business Technology Education in the Early 21st Century: The Ongoing Quest for Relevance
Introduction The interplay--and sometimes conflict--between "theory" and "practice" in technology education is well documented (Becher, 1989; Cohen, 2002; Cougar, 1973; Drysdale, 1996; Hoffman, 2003; Lethbridge, 1998a, 1998b; Mehic & Al-Soufi,...
Competency Focused Engineering Education with Reference to IT Related Disciplines: Is the Indian System Ready for Transformation?
Introduction Engineering graduates of all disciplines have been the traditional pool for entry-level software engineering positions in the Indian IT industry. In order to meet the huge manpower requirement, many IT companies do not limit their choice...
Designing a Versatile Dedicated Computing Lab to Support Computer Network Courses: Insights from a Case Study
Introduction During the past two decades, the computing function within organizations has evolved from a support to a strategic function that can provide a competitive edge to an organization. As a result, the need for technology-savvy personnel...
Gender Differences in Students' Perceptions of Information Technology as a Career
Introduction There has long been an awareness that the number of women in Information Technology (IT) is low compared to men. The percentage of women gaining degrees in computing in the United States went down from 32.5% in 1980 to 28% in 2000 (Camp,...
Improving Computer Literacy of Business Management Majors: A Case Study
Introduction A recent study by School of Business faculty members at Utah Valley State College (UVSC) found that there was a decrease in students' level of computer literacy in some areas as students moved from their freshman year to their senior...
Incorporating the Hybrid Learning Model into Minority Education at a Historically Black University
Background In 2005, the regents of the University System of Maryland instituted a policy in 2005 that all students enrolling in a Maryland State University as of the fall of 2007 take on average 12 of their credits through out-of-classroom experiences...
India and the USA: A Comparison through the Lens of Model IT Curricula
Introduction The release of The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) IT 2005 Model Curriculum presents an occasion to conduct some very interesting research. Many commentators have suggested that information technology is the "Great Globalizer",...
Integrating Information Assurance and Security into IT Education: A Look at the Model Curriculum and Emerging Practice
Introduction In December 2001 a meeting (CITC1) of interested parties from fifteen four-year IT programs from the US along with representatives from IEEE, ACM, and ABET began work on the formalization of Information Technology as an accredited academic...
Learning in Virtual Teams: Exploring the Student Experience
Introduction Virtual teams, also known as distributed collaborative teams, comprise of people who interact using telecommunications and electronic means to complete a particular organizational task (Edwards & Wilson, 2004). In the IT sector...
Online Communication and Information Technology Education
Introduction The widely accepted definition of blended learning is a combination of face to face and computer based teaching. An example is given in the quote by Graham below: "Blended Learning Systems combine face-to-face instruction with computer...
On the Design and Development of a UML-Based Visual Environment for Novice Programmers
Background Traditionally, novice programmers have encountered difficulties in learning to program in several different areas, including: the comprehension of fundamental computing concepts, the appropriate decomposition of the problem into easily...
On the Development of a Programming Teaching Tool: The Effect of Teaching by Templates on the Learning Process
Introduction Information systems have become a critical component of the competitive strategy of many of today's business organizations. The demand for programmers and software developers continues to increase, as information technology is increasingly...
Predictors of Team Work Satisfaction
Introduction Employees in most jobs will be required to work as part of a team (DEST, 2002), and experience in a team is usually an important criterion in the selection process carried out by employment agencies or human resource departments. ...
PROVIDE: A Pedagogical Reference Oracle for Virtual IntegrateD E-Ducation
Introduction The advent of the Internet has opened up several new opportunities in distance learning. Several major educational institutions and private sector participants are infusing educational innovation for the 21st century and expanding their...
Students' Perceptions of Online Learning: A Comparative Study
Introduction E-learning has grown tremendously over the past several years as technology has been integrated into education and training. "E-learning" may be defined as instruction delivered electronically via the Internet, Intranets, or multimedia...
Teaching Introductory Programming to IS Students: Java Problems and Pitfalls
Introduction Like many things in life, first impression matters, and programming is no exception. The importance of a properly constructed first course in programming cannot be overstated. Such a course leaves students with good programming habits,...
The Development of a Taxonomy of Desired Personal Qualities for IT Project Team Members and Its Use in an Educational Setting
Introduction In the literature on IT Project Management, it is well-recognized that people are the most important asset of an IT Project Manager (Cadle & Yeates, 2001; Schwalbe, 2004). It is also well-recognized in the literature that 'soft...
The Information Technology Model Curriculum
Introduction to the Special Series The Information Technology Model Curriculum is the latest in a series of curricula designed to describe the body of knowledge, and recommend core and elective material suitable for undergraduate study in computing-related...
The Information Technology Model Curriculum
Background The last 20 years or so has seen a dramatic growth in the demand for professionals trained in information and communication technologies. This growth was partly driven by tremendous technological advances, such as the emergence of computer...
The Issue of Gender Equity in Computer Science-What Students Say
Introduction The participation of women in science and, more recently, in information and communications technology (ICT) has engaged researchers for more than twenty years. Despite extensive research and numerous practical interventions designed...
Thinking and Behaving Scientifically in Computer Science: When Failure Is an Option!
Introduction In their sociological research into academia in the UK and the US, Becher and Trowler (2001) describe the knowledge landscape as being measured in two different dimensions, one being a continuum between the soft and hard disciplines,...
Towards Changes in Information Security Education
Information Security Education Overview Non-availability of skilled staff has been identified as the third most significant cause of the failure of users of information technology to ensure the security of their physical assets and information (Furnell...
Using Games-Based eLearning Technologies in Overcoming Difficulties in Teaching Information Systems
Introduction The field of Information Systems (IS) is a diverse and evolving area of study that embraces many disciplines. An important issue within the field of IS is how to teach the range of skills required by IS professionals, which include...
Web Design Curriculum and Syllabus Based on Web Design Practice and Students' Prior Knowledge
Introduction This paper deals with the way we started our web design study group. The main objective is to explain the procedure we used to test the students' prior knowledge of web design. Secondly we would like to present the educational program...
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