Writing-Across-the-IT/MIS Curriculum

Writing-Across-the-IT/MIS Curriculum

Stephanie J. Etter (Mount Aloysius College, USA) and Jeffrey W. Merhout (Miami University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59904-258-9.ch006
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Popular literature not only claims that college graduates are entering the workforce lacking sufficient writing skills but that companies must spend billions of dollars annually to train employees how to communicate effectively through writing (Canavor & Meirowitz, 2005; College Board, 2004). While writing-across-the-curriculum is not a new concept, it seems that only certain areas of the curriculum have adopted it. The integration of writing into the MIS/IT curriculum is an important and achievable goal necessary for the overall development of students in Information Technology or Management Information Systems degree programs. While traditional IT/MIS programs rely heavily on technology-based courses, we argue that these technology courses must also promote effective writing habits needed for career growth in the IT/MIS fields. As business proposals, newsletters, and reports are frequently being written by those in the Information Systems Department of a corporation, rather than by those in the Communication Department, it is increasingly important that we prepare IT/MIS students with the appropriate writing skills needed for their careers. For example, in many cases we prepare students to create web pages, a highly public information source, without providing any instruction on writing within the IT/MIS curriculum. This paper illustrates how writing assignments can be used in many MIS/IT classes.

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Chapter 1
Paul Lajbcyier, Christine Spratt
Devising pedagogical strategies that will engage students in ways which will assure the development of their skills of critique and analysis... Sample PDF
Using "Blended Learning" to Develop Tertiary Students' Skills of Critique
Chapter 2
Sherry Y. Chen
Web-based instruction is prevalent in educational settings. However, many issues still remain to be investigated. In particular, it is still open... Sample PDF
The Effects of Human Factors on the Use of Web-Based Instruction
Chapter 3
Taralynn Hartsell
This descriptive study investigated the association between gender and online communication that involved participants from two online graduate... Sample PDF
Who's Talking Online II: Revisiting Gender and Online Communications
Chapter 4
Vivian H. Wright, Ronnie Stanford, Jon Beedle
This chapter describes how teacher educators have used a blended approach, online and traditional delivery, to structure course content for its... Sample PDF
Using a Blended Model to Improve Delivery of Teacher Education Curriculum in Global Settings
Chapter 5
Andrew Targowski
The purpose of this chapter is to show that the Cold War is behind the invention of the Internet. This is one of a very few positive results of this... Sample PDF
The Genesis, Political, and Economic Sides of the Internet
Chapter 6
Stephanie J. Etter, Jeffrey W. Merhout
Popular literature not only claims that college graduates are entering the workforce lacking sufficient writing skills but that companies must spend... Sample PDF
Writing-Across-the-IT/MIS Curriculum
Chapter 7
Tanya McGill, Samantha Bax
Lectures are the traditional method of content delivery in undergraduate information technology degrees, yet concerns have been raised about their... Sample PDF
Learning IT: where do Lectures Fit?
Chapter 8
Clive Sanford, Anol Bhattacherjee
This article introduces the concept of IT training sequences and examines how sequencing of conceptual and procedural training impact IT task... Sample PDF
Training Sequences and ther Effects on Task Performance and User Outcomes
Chapter 9
Lorna Uden, Linda Wojnar
Successful group discussion plays a crucial role in online learning. Teachers normally assume that students automatically transfer their learning of... Sample PDF
Group Process and Trust in Group Discussion
Chapter 10
Byron Harvard, Jianxia Du, Anthony Olinzock
A dynamic task-oriented online discussion model for deep learning in distance education is described and illustrated in this paper. Information... Sample PDF
Task-Orientation Online Discussion: A Practical Model for Student Learning
Chapter 11
Andrea L. Edmundson
In an exploratory study, the researcher examined the effects of cultural dimensions on e-learning outcomes for employees in functionally equivalent... Sample PDF
Addressing the Cultural Dimensions of E-Learning: where to Begin?
Chapter 12
Jianxia Du, Byron Harvard, James Adams, Gang Ding, Wei-Chieh Yu
This chapter illustrates a framework for Online Group Collaborative Learning based upon Piaget’s concepts of assimilation and accommodation and upon... Sample PDF
Project-Based Online Group Collaborative Learning Characteristics
Chapter 13
Tanya McGill, Michael Dixon
Certification has become a popular adjunct to traditional means of acquiring information technology skills and employers increasingly specify a... Sample PDF
Information Technology Certification: A Student Perspective
Chapter 14
Faye P. Teer, Young B. Choi, Harold B. Teer
Telecommunications companies are facing a challenge in satisfying changing customer demands related to telecommunications services. Historically... Sample PDF
Management of Telecommunications Services: A Vital New Content Area and a Course Model for the College of Business
Chapter 15
Andrew D. Madden, J. Miguel Baptista Nunes, M. A. McPherson, Nigel Ford, Dave Miller
The rapid incursion of ICT into the classroom has meant that, within a space of a few years, computers have moved from being peripheral to being an... Sample PDF
Mind the Gap!: New 'Literacies" Create New Divides
Chapter 16
Nurul I. Sarkar
It is often difficult to motivate students to learn local area network (LAN) design because many students appear to find the subject rather dry... Sample PDF
An Interactive Tool for Teaching and Learning LAN Design
Chapter 17
LeAnne K. Robinson
This study examines educators’ perceived barriers to technology integration and the relationship to education reform. Educators and administrators... Sample PDF
Diffusion of Educational Technology and Education Reform: Examining Perceptual Barriers to Technology Integration
Chapter 18
Lalita Rajasingham
This article explores a new higher education paradigm given the changing environment that will come with the advance of globalisation and the rapid... Sample PDF
Perspectives on 21st Century E-Learning in Higher Education
Chapter 19
Kathleen P. King, Frank J. Melia, Marlene D. Dunham
Increased accountability for student outcomes among teachers led to an examination of the needs and motivations of 324 K-12 educators who... Sample PDF
Guiding Our Way: Needs and Motivations of teachers inOnline Learning Modeling Responsive Course Design
Chapter 20
Leping Liu
The purpose of this study was to explore the influence of the design-quality of current online K-12 learning applications on student learning via... Sample PDF
Quality of Online Learning Applications: Impact on Student Enjoyment, Motivation, and Anxiety
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