Issues in Informing Science & Information Technology

Articles from Vol. 8, Annual

A Collaborative Writing Approach to Wikis: Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Introduction Wikis are increasingly gaining in popularity in educational settings because of the potential benefits they bring to teaching and learning (Clark & Mason, 2008; Fitch, 2007). From a technical point of view, users of wikis do not...
Blended E-Learning in Higher Education: Research on Students' Perspective
Introduction As education is becoming a ubiquitous service delivered anywhere and anytime over the global network, the higher education institutions, although campus oriented and without distance learners, try to implement elements of e-learning...
Building Computer Games as Effective Learning Tools for Digital Natives-And Similars
Introduction Several authors discuss the use of digital games as effective learning tools. Aguilera and Mendiz (2003) and Gee (2003) bring extensive discussions--and seminal works--on the topic, as Bransford et al. (2000) and Prensky (2001) have...
Chinese SMES and Information Technology Adoption
Introduction SMEs constitute an important economic sector in China because they are significant sources of wealth and employment. Although the individual contribution of a SME to the national economy may appear relatively insignificant when compared...
Derivation of Database Keys' Operations
Introduction Designing database is an art process similar to building a house. Database designers always face the problems of designing a relational database that will be free of database anomalies. These anomalies bring repetition of tuples that...
Developing an Interactive Social Media Based Learning Environment
Introduction With the advance in Web 2.0 technologies and the popularity of social networking on the web, educators have started to see a radical evolution in education. Some of the Web 2.0 building blocks, such as blogs and wikis, have been widespread...
Digital Divide in the Population of Serbia
Introduction Corresponding to the process of globalization, the so-called information capitalism is also developed, initiating new forms of social divide and class polarizations (Castells, 1996). This type of divide is nowadays called digital divide....
E-Learning Diurnal Time Patterns in the Navy
Introduction Online learning can remove the barriers of time and place; therefore it is suitable to provide learning and training in environments where the possibilities of gathering a course audience might be problematic or costly. E-learning systems...
E-Textbooks Are Coming: Are We Ready?
Introduction The textbook is the most widely used instructional material for content dissemination. A traditional textbook is a professionally printed four-color hard-bound book. However, textbook options have expanded via digital content and electronic...
Exploring the Aspects of Digital Divide in a Developing Country
Introduction The exponential growth of the use of ICTs has had a profound impact on many aspects of daily life. Over the past few decades, ICTs have dramatically transformed the societies and the economies around the world. Today, ICTs have become...
Highs and Lows of Organizational Decision Making and the Relationship to Collaboration and Technology Tools
Introduction Senior managers within organizations make decisions to deal with problems on a regular basis. In doing so, these senior managers must work with other individuals who are co-located with them or separated from them by distance and time....
Improving Teaching and Learning in an Information Systems Subject: A Work in Progress
Introduction This paper reports on an ongoing action research project that uses current educational theory and practice to improve the teaching and learning outcomes in an information systems development subject. This subject is taken by students...
Informing Implementers of Lean Strategy in Process Industries-The Central Role of Schedulers
Introduction Among production and manufacturing businesses, Lean strategy is widely recognized as being important to business success and competitive advantage (Lewis, 2000; MacDuffie, 1995; Pfeffer, 1994; Shah & Ward, 2003). Lean strategy has...
Integrating IT Skills into a Business School's Programmes
Introduction A restructuring of the schools within the University of Salford (UK) resulted in the Information Systems school becoming merged with the Management, Leisure and Hospitality, and Finance and Accounting schools, to form a new Business...
Library Web/online Information Services to the Needs and Behavior of Students
Introduction For a library serving a self-financed higher education institution, such as the College of Professional and Continuing Education (CPCE) Libraries, there have to be tangible needs to justify the provision of new initiatives. The prevailing...
Making a Case for Change Management Theory to Support IS/IT Curriculum Innovation
Introduction IS Educators are faced with the ongoing challenge of how to prepare future IS professionals for the complex and dynamic world in which they will work. With accelerating technological innovation, a growing number of new and diverse roles...
Playing It Safe: Approaching Science Safety Awareness through Computer Game-Based Training
Introduction Safety is of paramount importance in science and science education--and this is the reason why appropriate safety skills need to be developed in students and safety procedures observed in laboratory classes. Closely associated with...
Reflections on a Trial Implementation of an E-Learning Solution in a Libyan University
Introduction Over the past decade, the new technology tools have dramatically changed and transformed people's perspectives and practices with respect to communication methods and business practices, as well as their learning processes (UNESCO,...
Reinforcing and Enhancing Understanding of Students in Learning Computer Architecture
Introduction Computer Engineering studies combine two different fields of knowledge: hardware and software. Computer Engineering deals mainly with computer architecture and begins with the hardware-software hierarchy level of abstraction from digital...
Responding to the Employability Challenge: Final Projects for IT-Based Organizational Training
Employability as an Aspect of Quality of Higher Education Employability, or more precisely, the benefit and usefulness of the study programme for career and work tasks, is regarded as an aspect of quality of higher education (Storen & Aamodt,...
Should the "CLOUD" Be Regulated? an Assessment
Introduction The evolution of IT infrastructure and services has been described as one that has moved from mainframes, to PCs to Client Server to Enterprise Internet; and finally it is moving towards the ultimate outsourcing solution: the cloud...
Society's Level of Literacy: A Cross Cultural Study
Introduction According to Westby (2004), there are 875 million people in the world without access to literacy; 113 million of them are children who do not have access to school. The CIA World Factbook (2010) states that there are currently 785 million...
Team Syntegrity in a Triple Loop Learning Model for Course Development
Introduction A problem that occurs in the Technical Communication sector is that companies have big problems to find and employ staff with a suitable competence. A technical communicator need to be able to communicate technical advanced concepts...
Technology Mediated Learning: Observations in Two Technologies
Introduction Education today has completed a full cycle, expanding from the traditional in-class environment to the new digital e-learning where teaching is completely online, and back to the classroom where teaching is assisted by technology. E-learning...
The Communication System in Project Teams: Problems of Transfer of Knowledge and Information for the Management of IT Projects
Introduction Success and failure in information technology (IT) projects depend on many factors. Based on the analysis of literature as well as this author's research and experience, we can build a working hypothesis of a significant influence of...
The Islands of Innovation Model: Opportunities and Threats for Effective Implementation of Technological Innovation in the Education System
Introduction Modern digital technologies--particularly multimedia and ICT--are characterized by a transition from systems that are closed, static and monistic to ones that are open, dynamic and pluralistic, ones which enable broad access to information...
Tracking Viral Contamination through User Habits and IT Practices
Introduction In health-related sciences, it is a precautionary measure to protect oneself from infection through sustained good personal hygiene. Furthermore, infected individuals are advised to exercise other countermeasures as preventive action,...
Virtual Campuses, Groupware and University Evolution
Introduction In this paper different needs and fields of investigation converge towards a main target, which can be synthesized as follows: is there the need for a transformation of traditional universities into new organizations (i.e., learning...
Would Cloud Computing Revolutionize Teaching Business Intelligence Courses?
Introduction For the last several years, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) programs have been under mounting pressure to provide courses to prepare their students to become the next generation of Business Intelligence (BI) workers. In a recent...

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