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Problem-Based Learning in Information Systems Analysis and Design

Problem-Based Learning in Information Systems Analysis and Design
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Author(s): John Bentley (Victoria University, Australia), Geoff Sandy (Victoria University, Australia) and Glenn Lowry (United Arab Emirates University, UAE)
Copyright: 2002
Pages: 24
Source title: Challenges of Information Technology Education in the 21st Century
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Eli B. Cohen (Leon Kozminski Academy of Entrepreneurship & Management, Poland and Informing Science Institute, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-930708-34-1.ch006


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The critical question challenging information systems educators in the new millennium is how university information systems courses can add enough value to students that they will choose to study in higher education for a full degree rather than opt for a one-year certification course leading to similar economic and status outcomes in the short term. This chapter assesses the feasibility and desirability of achieving a better match between delivery of information systems education and the professional workplace through Problem-Based Learning (PBL). A brief introduction to cognitive and learning principles is followed by a discussion of PBL and its potential to help to achieve a better fit between student aspirations and employer requirements. The chapter concludes with an illustration of the use of PBL in a systems analysis and design course.

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