2011 ISECON Proceedings
Wilmington NC

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A Tool for Program Review, Assessment and Accreditation: The Information Systems Assessment Test

Lynn McKell
Brigham Young University

George Kasper
Virginia Commonwealth University

Bruce White
Quinnipiac University

Kewal Dhariwal
Excelsior College

Thomas Hilton
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Thursday - 11/3/2011 in Cape Fear A at 4:00 pm

Assessment is central to both AACSB and ABET accreditation. A foundational requirement of AACSB accreditation is “Assurance of Learning” (AOL), whereas assessment of student learning outcomes and continuous quality improvement are Criterion 4 of the ABET computing program accreditation. Thus, whether your program is undergoing accreditation or just program review and improvement, this panel will look at a tool that is a widely used benchmark that can be used as part of AOL and Criterion 4 Panel members are seasoned, experienced faculty from institutions engaged with multiple accrediting bodies, and have an established record of using the Information System Assessment Test. This presentation will discuss 1) Specific examples of how the test has been implemented in some campus assessment processes; 2) How the test has been used in accreditation; 3) Other benefits from using the test, such as CCER Reports, program review and improvement, and individual certification through the ICCP; 4) insights for getting college/university support to use the test; 5) some of the recent test updates, enhancements, and future directions.

First Time Attendee Welcoming Session

Terri Lenox
Westminister College

Charles Woratschek
Robert Morris University

Thursday - 11/3/2011 in Cape Fear A at 5:00 pm

How to make the best use of your time at ISECON/CONISAR

The Tenth Strand: Proposing a Separate Course in Societal and Ethical Issues for Information Systems Majors

Joyce Currie Little
Towson University

Mary Lind
North Carolina A&T State University

Brian Hall
Champlain College

Friday - 11/4/2011 in Cape Fear A at 2:00 pm

In the development of ACM curricula models, there has been an expectation that graduates of these programs would be prepared to enter the workforce as emerging professionals. The ACM/IEEE Joint Task Force on Computing Curricula ’91 articulated this need by defining basic cultural, social, legal, and ethical issues that are inherit in the discipline. In the mid-90’s this area of study became the “tenth strand,” following the work of a group funded by a National Science Foundation grant designed to develop the topical areas. What resulted was a well-defined set of topics that could become units of instruction – that could be integrated within a required computing course, or combined in various ways to become a separate course. This panel will provide information on how to design, implement, and teach a separate course for these topic s for Information Systems. Some issues surrounding such a separate course include: selection of topics in such a course; challenges in teaching such a course; whether to teach it within the computing department, or elsewhere; how to get recognition of the course by the departmental and college hierarchy; how to encourage faculty to become advocates of such a course; what student reaction to expect from such a course; what variations may be needed for special audiences around the globe; how to ensure that assessment is satisfactory for the accreditation bodies; and how to ensure that you meet all the requirements of the IS2010 Model Curriculum.

Developing and Publishing IS Teaching Cases

Michael Smith
High Point University

Robert Ballenger
Washington and Lee University

Friday - 11/4/2011 in Skinner at 3:00 pm

Using cases is a way to make course content more relevant. By working current, real-world issues into course coverage and depicting problems in a more realistic way than is commonly done in textbooks, cases can make the material both more interesting and relevant to students. Topics include: Kinds of teaching cases and where each fits pedagogically. Where to get ideas for cases. How to develop an interesting case. What we’re trying to build in ISECON.

Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE) Insight and Advice on Publishing Your Research

S Kruck
James Madison University

Albert Harris
Appalachian State University

Ken Surendran
Southeast Missouri State University

Friday - 11/4/2011 in Cape Fear A at 4:45 pm

Interesting in publishing your research? In this session, you will hear directly from, and ask questions of, the editor, editor emeritus and assistant editor of JISE as to what they're looking for, how to avoid a rejection or endless R&R's. In addition, they will cover the review process and other opportunities to become involved. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and explore publishing opportunities.

Model Curriculum "Wiki" Birds of a Feather Panel Session

Mary Lind
North Carolina A&T State University

Brian Hall
Champlain College

Wenshin Chen
Abu Dhabi University

Jeffry Babb
West Texas A&M University

Wayne Pauli
Dakota State University

John Reynolds
Grand Valley State University

Dana Schwieger
Southeast Missouri State University

Ken Surendran
Southeast Missouri State University

Saturday - 11/5/2011 in Cape Fear A at 9:15 am

The purpose of this informal discussion is to promote involvement in our curriculum wiki. In ISECON 2010 faculty generated substantial panels, papers, and discussion regarding the ACM/AIS IS 2010: Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems. Model curricula are of considerable interest to educators in the computing fields for developing ideas and discussion concerning curricula development. In recent years, collaborative tools for collective authorship of content and ideas have risen to prominence with tools such as discussion forums and Wikis. A tool for collective idea generation, such as a Wiki, allows IS educators to conduct an ongoing conversation on the IS Curriculum as it evolves. ISECON group seeks to involve the entire IS educators community in this discussion. As such, we have created a Wiki to facilitate our discussion.

IS 2010 & ABET Accreditation: Perspectives and Issues on the Current Iteration

Bruce Saulnier
Quinnipiac University

George Kasper
Virginia Commonwealth University

Rick Mathieu
James Madison University

Meg Murray
Kennesaw State University

Bruce White
Quinnipiac University

Saturday - 11/5/2011 in Cape Fear A at 11:00 am

This panel will examine issues arising from release of IS 2010 on ABET accreditation and reaccreditation decisions of Information Systems programs. In particular, the panelists will: 1. Present an overview of the accreditation hierarchy (regional focus on the institution, AACSB or other agency focus on the school/college, and ABET focus on the program) with attention to (1) standards and processes and (2) how these standards and processes create synergies and differences at the various levels; 2. Discuss the need/efforts to professionalize the computing professions both by accrediting IS/IT/CS programs and certifying practitioners in light of the increasingly global computing labor market and hence the need for greater global interoperability among academic programs; 3. Compare and contrast the IS 2010 Model Curriculum with the 2011-2012 ABET criteria for accrediting Information Systems programs; and 4. Present the results of a study conducted to examine two issues that emerged with the release of IS 2010: (1) Does the absence of AITP input into the initial formulation of IS 2010 coupled with the lack of programming as a requirement in IS 2010 affect the attitude of ABET-accredited Information Systems programs about whether or not to seek re-accreditation?; and (2) Does AIS discontinuing their financial support for ABET affect the attitude of ABET-accredited Information Systems programs about whether or not to seek re-accreditation?

Volunteering for EDSIG

Alan Peslak
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton

Tom Janicki
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Wendy Ceccucci
Quinnipiac University

Scott Hunsinger
Appalachian State University

Saturday - 11/5/2011 in Skinner at 11:00 am

This panel will solicit improvements and new volunteers for at all levels. EDSIG. Discussion will include EDSIG in general, the conference and our two journals. This is an opportunity for significant professional service that can be very important for tenure and promotion as well as your faculty evaluations. It is also an opportunity for more senior members to mentor newer educators. We are a welcoming group and hope you can join us. Just stop by. There may be areas that will peak your interest