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Recommended Citation: Guthrie, R A and C J Navarrete.  Service-Learning Impact on IS Students in a Web Development Course.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2003, v 20 (San Diego): §3421. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 2(12). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Service-Learning Impact on IS Students in a Web Development Course

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Refereed9 pages
Ruth A. Guthrie    [a1] [a2]
California State Polytechnic University Pomona    [u1] [u2]
Pomona, California, USA    [c1] [c2]

Carlos J. Navarrete    [a1] [a2]
California State Polytechnic University Pomona    [u1] [u2]
Pomona, California, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper describes the impact of Service-Learning (S-L) on the students of a Web development course. S-L requires that students perform a community-based project that allows them to apply the knowledge learned in the course to a real world situation. Proponents of experiential learning claim that deeper contextualized learning takes place because students can practice skills that are hard to simulate in a classroom. However, S-L projects can also be time-consuming and add more work for instructors and students. The findings of this paper indicate that after the S-L project, Computer Information Systems studentsí attitudes changed regarding perceptions of clients and enjoyment of the project. Students also demonstrated that they developed communication skills and knowledge of the systems development life cycle.

Keywords: service-learning, active learning, IS Education, Web design

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