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ERIC Number: EJ1146997
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun-24
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1545-679X
A Modular Approach to Delivering an Introductory MIS Course
Braun, Gerald F.; Crable, Elaine A.; Sena, Mark P.
Information Systems Education Journal, v8 n36 Jun 2010
Today's students find the traditional lecture-based teaching format less desirable and seem to prefer a more hands-on learning experience. Consequently, it has become necessary to redesign the introductory MIS course. This paper describes a new modular approach to delivering the introductory course. The primary focus is to provide students with multiple resources and hands on projects, along with detailed learning objectives, in lieu of traditional PowerPoint lectures and reading assignments from a textbook. A pilot study was initiated to assess student perceptions of the learning experience with regard to the effectiveness and overall satisfaction with the new approach. A learning styles survey, along with a follow-up feedback survey, was distributed to 29 traditional and non-traditional students. Considering the small sample size, initial results were encouraging. However, an extended study to be carried out during the 2008-2009 school year, with more sections of the course, will hopefully confirm preliminary results and give further insight into the effectiveness of this approach.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Ohio
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