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ERIC Number: EJ1135274
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Building I.S. Professionals through a Real-World Client Project in a Database Application Development Course
Podeschi, R. J.
Information Systems Education Journal, v14 n6 p34-40 Nov 2016
Information systems curricula are increasingly using active learning methodologies to help students learn "through" technology rather than just "about" technology. While one way to achieve this is through the assignment of semester-long projects, previous research suggests that real-world projects provide more meaningful experiences and prepare expected graduates for careers that will rely on both their technical and professional skills. Additionally, providing opportunities for both competition and collaboration spur the motivation of students while enabling them to practice the necessary professional skills employers are seeking. This paper reports on a database application development course, taught for the past four years, where the instructor has partnered with a different community business or nonprofit organization in need of an information system to convert existing spreadsheet data into a relational database for more accurate data entry and improved reporting. Student teams engage in both competition and collaboration through system development phases to deliver a database solution to an authentic client using Microsoft Access. As a result, students develop both technical and professional skills through this client project experience where ultimately, the client evaluates the students' performance.
Descriptors: Databases, Computer System Design, Information Systems, Active Learning, Problem Based Learning, Teaching Methods, Partnerships in Education, Experiential Learning, Curriculum Design, School Business Relationship, Student Projects, Database Design, Higher Education
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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