Teaching Information Systems to International Students in Australia: A Global Information Technology Perspective

Teaching Information Systems to International Students in Australia: A Global Information Technology Perspective

Zhaohao Sun (Hebei Normal University, China)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-875-8.ch020
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GIT and GIS have a significant impact on the undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered in universities in Australia. Further, how to teach IT and IS to international students has been becoming a significant issue for IT and IS programs offered in Australia, in particular in the context of a fiercely competitive market of international students and in the context of GIT and GIS. However, these topics have not drawn the attention of academic researchers so far. This chapter will fill this gap by examining the impact of global information technology on universities in Australia in such areas as curriculum development, textbooks and teaching, and looking at some issues in teaching information technology and information systems to international students from different countries with different IT and IS backgrounds based on the author’s working and teaching experience in three different universities in Australia. This chapter also makes a daring prediction for the impact of GIT on international education in Australia and proposes a few viable strategies for resolving some issues facing international education for IT and IS in Australia. The proposed approach is very useful for research and development of GIT and GIS as well as for IT/IS programs in Australian universities.

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Felix B. Tan
Mahesh S. Raisinghani
Chapter 1
Gerald A. Merwin Jr., J. Scott McDonald, Levy C. Odera
This chapter explores the interface between information technology (IT) and economic development. The impacts of three IT innovations are assessed... Sample PDF
Economic Development: Government's Cutting Edge in IT
Chapter 2
Timothy Mwololo Waema
The role that information and communication technologies (ICT) could play in socio-economic development has been recognized by governments... Sample PDF
The Development of National ICT Policy in Kenya: The Influence of Regional Institutions and Key Stakeholders
Chapter 3
Loong Wong
New information and communication technologies (ICTs), it is argued is transformative, and governments all over the world have sought to incorporate... Sample PDF
Electronic Highways in Southeast Asia: Liberality, Control, and Social Change
Chapter 4
Norhayati Zakaria
This chapter looks at a key concept called communities of practice that helps to facilitate organizational learning through increased knowledge... Sample PDF
The Possibility of Water-Cooler Chat? Developing Communities of Practice for Knowledge Sharing within Global Virtual Teams
Chapter 5
Shintaro Okazaki, Radoslav Škapa
This chapter examines Web sites created by American Multinational Corporations (MNCs) in the Czech Republic. Utilizing a content analysis technique... Sample PDF
Understanding Brand Web Site Positioning in the New EU Member States: The Case of the Czech Republic
Chapter 6
Martin A. Schell
Localization of a document requires tacit knowledge of the target language and culture. Although it is promoted by many software developers and Web... Sample PDF
Beyond Localization: A New Look at Disseminating Information via the Web
Chapter 7
Shafiz A. Mohd Yusof
This chapter attempts to explore the possibility of building social capital in virtual community(VC) by first introducing the phenomenon, its... Sample PDF
Understanding Social Capital Formation for Knowledge Sharing in Virtual Communities
Chapter 8
A. J. Gilbert Silvius
This chapter explores the theory and practice of business & IT alignment in multinational companies. In the first part of the chapter an overview of... Sample PDF
Business & IT Alignment in a Multinational Company: Issues and Approaches
Chapter 9
Martina Maletzky
In the context of global sourcing in, and internationalization of, the ICT sector, intercultural collaboration is for many ICT workers a daily... Sample PDF
Intercultural Collaboration in the ICT Sector
Chapter 10
J. Michael Blocher
Advancements in information technology have transformed much in all aspects of today’s society. In particular, synchronous and asynchronous... Sample PDF
Computer-Mediated Communication: Enhancing Online Group Interactions
Chapter 11
Jacek Unold
The scope of interests in the area of information systems (IS) has focused mainly on technological aspects so far. If the human component were taken... Sample PDF
The Dynamics and Rationality of Collective Behavior within a Global Information System
Chapter 12
Bolanle A. Olaniran
Networked communication is proliferating our world. The fact that global information communication technologies (ICTs) are becoming increasingly... Sample PDF
Group Decision Making in Computer-Mediated Communication as Networked Communication: Understanding the Technology and Implications
Chapter 13
Yoder, Robert C., Vera Eccarius-Kelly
This chapter provides information technology (IT) project leaders, call center management, researchers, and educators with an analytical tool to... Sample PDF
Understanding Global Information Technology and Outsourcing Dynamics: A Multi-Lens Model
Chapter 14
Subhankar Dhar
Enterprises inside and outside the IT industry have long used offshore developments and outsourcing methods to reduce information system development... Sample PDF
Global IT Outsourcing: Current Trends, Risks, and Cultural Issues
Chapter 15
Esther Ruiz Ben
In recent years, the ICT branch has experienced new internationalization impulses through the improvement of offshore practices. Particularly the... Sample PDF
Quality Standardization Patterns in ICT Offshore
Chapter 16
Esther Ruiz Ben, Michaela Wieandt, Martina Maletzky
In the context of globalization and internationalization, offshoring processes in the ICT Industry have increased considerably in the software and... Sample PDF
Offshoring in the ICT Sector in Europe: Trends and Scenario Analysis
Chapter 17
Michaela Wieandt
In general terms, IT consulting is the service provided by an IT consulting agency when a company implements a new IT system, that is, a system with... Sample PDF
Information Technology Consulting in Global Information Technology
Chapter 18
Michaela Wieandt
IT consulting seems to be of growing importance within organizations. The tendency towards complex large-scale IT consulting projects requires a... Sample PDF
Information Technology Consulting and the Implementation of Information Technology
Chapter 19
Stacy Kowalczyk
Current knowledge is produced, disseminated, and stored in digital format. This data will not be preserved by benign neglect; digital information... Sample PDF
Digital Preservation by Design
Chapter 20
Zhaohao Sun
GIT and GIS have a significant impact on the undergraduate and postgraduate programs offered in universities in Australia. Further, how to teach IT... Sample PDF
Teaching Information Systems to International Students in Australia: A Global Information Technology Perspective
Chapter 21
Song Xing, Bernd-Peter Paris, Xiannong Meng
The Internet’s complexity restricts analysis or simulation to assess its parameters. Instead, actual measurements provide a reality check. Many... Sample PDF
Sampling Approaches on Collecting Internet Statistics in the Digital Economy
Chapter 22
Steve Legrand, JRG Pulido
While HTML provides the Web with a standard format for information presentation, XML has been made a standard for information structuring on the... Sample PDF
Natural Language Processing Agents and Document Clustering in Knowledge Management: The Semantic Web Case
Chapter 23
Bhuvan Unhelkar, Ming-Chien Wu, Abbass Ghanbary
This chapter investigates opportunities to integrate mobile technologies within an organization’s enterprise architecture (EA), with an emphasis on... Sample PDF
Integrating Mobile Technologies in Enterprise Architecture with a Focus on Global Supply Chain Management Systems
Chapter 24
Dinesh Arunatileka, Abbass Ghanbary, Bhuvan Unhelkar
Organizations are globalizing their business primarily due to the communications capabilities offered by Internet technologies. As a result, there... Sample PDF
Influence of Mobile Technologies on Global Business Processes in Global Organizations
Chapter 25
Hans Lehmann
This exploratory research project set out to investigate the architecture and design principles of inter-national information systems. Analysing six... Sample PDF
Objects as the Primary Design Principle for International Information Systems
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