Service-Learning Partnerships in the Information Systems Curriculum

Service-Learning Partnerships in the Information Systems Curriculum

Jonathan Lazar (Towson University, USA) and Dorijs Lidtke (Towson University, USA)
Copyright: © 2002 |Pages: 16
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-33-4.ch001


Service-learning partnerships involve students taking part in structured community service that relates to their academic course experience. Students who major in information systems are increasingly being provided with real-world experiences. These real-world experiences offer numerous benefits. Students can immediately apply their course knowledge to real-world situations. Students can gain the experience of grappling with political, social, and ethical issues in a workplace setting. In addition, students can develop a sense of civic responsibility, by contributing their skills to their communities. This chapter presents the issues involved in implementing the service-learning paradigm in an information systems curriculum. Examples of successful service-learning courses are presented, and new possibilities for service-learning courses are discussed.

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