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Using An Outcome Based Model To Foster Learning In Information Systems

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Assessment & Quality Assuranc in Engr Ed

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8.1240.1 - 8.1240.11



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Azzedine Lansari

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Akram AlRawi

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Faouzi Bouslama

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Session 1360

Using an Outcome Based Model to Foster Learning in Information Systems

Azzedine Lansari, Akram Al-Rawi, Faouzi Bouslama Zayed University, College of Information Systems


In this paper, we introduce a new concept for developing and assessing an Information Systems Academic Model. This new Academic Model is based on learning outcomes as well as on grade point average. University and College specific learning outcomes form the basis of the Information Systems Curriculum. These outcomes are derived from the college’s vision of the knowledge and skills that students need to acquire in order to be successful in gaining employment. Special courses are used to support and assist students in their understanding of the learning outcomes. Furthermore, we show how the use of technology can facilitate the learning and assessment process. Students develop an electronic portfolio to document and reflect on their learning experiences. Assessment and feedback are used to make the learning outcomes component work effectively in the students’ learning experiences. This new academic model may help address issues on curricular design for successful career placement, and producing graduates with the skills and abilities needed for the job market.

1. Introduction

A college degree has in many ways become what a high school diploma was a 100 years ago: the path to a successful career and knowledgeable citizenship. Universities in the USA and worldwide are taking a critical look at their educational systems. A recent US national panel report calls for a dramatic reorganization of undergraduate education to ensure that all college aspirants receive not just access to college, but an education of lasting value. The panel offers a new vision that will promote the kind of learning students need to meet emerging challenges in the work place and in an interconnected world. The panel proposes a series of specific actions to raise substantially the quality of student learning in college. The report also recommends colleges to help students become “intentional” life long learners, and to create new assessments that require students to apply their learning to the real world1.

Currently colleges and universities are facing a number of problems, including ill designed curricula that do not address the demands from the job market. There is also tremendous pressure from society to provide an education that results in “guaranteed” job placement and a degree worth the price. Furthermore, a number of academic institutions are facing the problem of grade inflation2, 3, 4 , which result in the GPA loosing its value. Employers are looking at alternative ways to assess graduate potential without focusing on GPA. Therefore colleges and universities are looking for alternative ways to provide an education that attracts students in a highly competitive arena.

Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Lansari, A., & AlRawi, A., & Bouslama, F. (2003, June), Using An Outcome Based Model To Foster Learning In Information Systems Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12546

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