Proposal Title

Problem-based Learning: Using Real Local Business Issues to Improve IT Student Learning Outcomes

Proposal Abstract

Undergraduate Information Technology (IT) programs emphasize technical concepts and hands-on technical skills and soft skills such as communications and teamwork. However, within a traditional IT curriculum with only one or two �business' courses, most students have difficulty grasping the bigger picture: how IT is critical for business success. As these IT students become seniors, they see themselves as qualified for entry-level �techie' positions such as network administrators or help-desk personnel, but not necessarily entry-level IT professionals. In one southeastern university IT program, the faculty used problem-based learning (PBL) to help students understand the business impacts and value of IT and how IT professionals use IT to solve business problems. Using the specific course learning outcomes and the experiences of the IT students in these classes as a framework, the presenters plan to guide an open-ended discussion of information technology students and PBL.

Location

Room 1005

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Mar 27th, 2:00 PM Mar 27th, 2:45 PM

Problem-based Learning: Using Real Local Business Issues to Improve IT Student Learning Outcomes

Room 1005

Undergraduate Information Technology (IT) programs emphasize technical concepts and hands-on technical skills and soft skills such as communications and teamwork. However, within a traditional IT curriculum with only one or two �business' courses, most students have difficulty grasping the bigger picture: how IT is critical for business success. As these IT students become seniors, they see themselves as qualified for entry-level �techie' positions such as network administrators or help-desk personnel, but not necessarily entry-level IT professionals. In one southeastern university IT program, the faculty used problem-based learning (PBL) to help students understand the business impacts and value of IT and how IT professionals use IT to solve business problems. Using the specific course learning outcomes and the experiences of the IT students in these classes as a framework, the presenters plan to guide an open-ended discussion of information technology students and PBL.