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Recommended Citation: Kraft, T A and K M Kakish.  The Living Web: Successful Pedagogy and Challenges.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2008, v 25 (Phoenix): §3313. ISSN: 1542-7382.

The Living Web: Successful Pedagogy and Challenges

Refereed16 pages
Theresa A. Kraft    [a1] [a2]
School of Management
University of Michigan Flint    [u1] [u2]
Flint, Michigan, USA    [c1] [c2]

Kamal M. Kakish    [a1] [a2]
College of Management
Lawrence Technological University    [u1] [u2]
Southfield, Michigan, USA    [c1] [c2]

The World Wide Web has influenced and changed almost every aspect of our lives. Web 2.0 provides a globally ubiquitous platform for our everyday collaboration, and is commonly seen as critical piece of the growth strategy for our future. Therefore, providing Business Information Technology (BIT) students with a solid understanding of web development and management of Web-based systems (web applications, client and server hardware, operating systems, network software, browsers and scripts) is essential to our continued advancement. However, technical and educational challenges face both faculty and students. This paper demonstrates how a graduate Web Site Design and Development course address these challenges by providing working professionals (students) with an interactive learning environment. Such an environment includes active student participation, in class project presentations, and lab time for web design and programming. This paper discusses the course structure, objectives, assignments, projects, case studies, reports, and related learning activities. It delves into analysis of these activities, and concludes with potential improvement opportunities and recommendations.

Keywords: information systems, Web 2.0, Business Information Technology, web design, web development, pedagogy, case studies, graduate education, soft skills, and computer skills

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