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ERIC Number: EJ1145447
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
Real World Projects, Real World Problems: Capstones for External Clients
Reinicke, Bryan; Janicki, Thomas
Information Systems Education Journal, v9 n3 p23-27 Aug 2011
Capstones form an important part of the curriculum in many undergraduate and graduate programs in Information Systems. These projects give the students a chance to synthesize and apply the skills they have been acquiring throughout their academic program. These projects can be integrated with another recent initiative in higher education: service learning. By turning the capstones into "real-world" projects for external clients, the students can give back to the community while completing a valuable learning experience. However, these real world exercises sometimes take on real world characteristics- like failure. How do we, as professors, guide students through a service learning capstone to completion, despite the external challenges that come with it? How can we evaluate the outcome of these projects, when we know success may not be a part of the final product? The authors draw on personal experience with service learning capstones to address this problem.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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