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Venables, Anne; Tan, Grace; Miliszewska, Iwona – Journal of Information Technology Education: Innovations in Practice, 2013
To succeed within the increasingly global context of their work environment, today's IT professional needs to be equipped with both cutting-edge technical skills and a strong repertoire of "soft" skills. An important and often unrecognized soft skill is an appreciation of how various IT issues impact upon different peoples and what…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Cultural Awareness, Information Technology, Computer Science Education
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Miliszewska, Iwona; Venables, Anne; Tan, Grace – Journal of Information Technology Education, 2010
Information technology has been transforming various disciplines of life sciences and physical sciences as a tool (for "doing" science) and a technique (for conducting experiments and creating models). This evolution in the application of IT in science demands that science students be equipped with appropriate IT skills and that the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Information Technology, Sciences, Technological Literacy
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Tan, Grace; Venables, Anne – Journal of Information Technology Education, 2010
Since 2001, there has been a dramatic decline in Information Technology and Computer Science student enrolments worldwide. As a consequence, many institutions have evaluated their offerings and revamped their programs to include units designed to capture students' interests and increase subsequent enrolment. Likewise, at Victoria University the…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Information Technology, Curriculum Design, Computer Science Education
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Tan, Grace – Journal of Information Technology Education, 2010
Governments recognize that workers in the twenty-first century need to keep pace with increasingly technical employment environments in order to remain competitive in the global market. The Australian government has developed a set of policies to address impending shortfalls in high-level technicians and paraprofessionals across many professions.…
Descriptors: Curriculum Development, Qualifications, Associate Degrees, Information Technology
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Venables, Anne; Tan, Grace – Journal of Information Technology Education, 2009
Higher education programs need to prepare their graduates for the practical challenges they can expect to face upon entering the workforce. Students can be better prepared if their academic learning is reinforced through authentic workplace experience, where the link between theory and professional practice can be realized. Increasingly, such…
Descriptors: Industry, Program Effectiveness, Education Work Relationship, Foreign Countries