2012 ISECON Proceedings
New Orleans LA

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Conference Highlights/Program

Panels and Discussions

Panels Chair: George Nezlek

(ordered by presentation time)

Closing the Gap: Making Decisions based on data from the ISA Exam

Bruce White
Quinnipiac University

Paul Rosenthal
California State University, Los Angeles

Thomas Hilton
University of Wisconsin Eau Claire

Lynn McKell
Brigham Young University

Thursday - 11/1/2012 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 4:00 pm

The ISA Certification Exam based on the IS 2010 Curriculum has been designed to produce the information needed for information systems programs assessment during both AACSB and ABET IS accreditation reviews. This interactive panel will involve the participants as we present data from the ISA Exam and elicit discussion about what action should be taken to “close the gap” between students learning and assessment goal.

First Time Attendee Welcoming Session

Michelle Louch
Robert Morris University

Thursday - 11/1/2012 in Pontalba Salon at 4:30 pm

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

Facing the Future in Technology: The Three Most Important Things To Prepare Students for Success

Joyce Currie Little
Towson University

Mary Granger
George Washington University

George Kasper
Virginia Commonwealth University

Gezinus Hidding
Loyola University Chicago

Jack Russell
Northwestern State University

Stuart Varden
Pace University

Friday - 11/2/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 9:30 am

As rapidly as technology changes, so also must our instructional methods, course content and student expectations be modified. The panelists will provide a forum for educators to share their insights on how best to prepare students for careers in the Information Systems (IS) and Computer Information Systems (CIS) arena. After a brief introduction to some of the decisions facing our students as they prepare for careers, each panel member will briefly list the three most important things they think should be done or taught at the university level, and why. These personal recommendations may include strengthening recommendations already in practice by faculty or departmental priorities, such as accreditation, certification, courses or content of study, requirements for job placement, awareness of the impact of future trends (positive or negative). The speakers may also include more personal recommendations that have contributed to student success in their past, such as the value of experience, inspiring student goals, connecting with alumni, avoiding posting of personal information online, relying on family or friends or faith). This session should provide insight to help faculty set priorities in actions to be taken, and will encourage discussion by means of audience interaction.

Virtualization and Cloud Computing in the IS/IT/CS Curriculum

Mark Conway

John Gragg
Deloitte Touche

Alok Shrivastava

Douglas Kline
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Friday - 11/2/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 10:45 am

Virtualization and cloud computing have changed the way companies look at their IT infrastructure and service models. As companies continue to transition to highly virtualized cloud environments, IS/CS/IT students and faculty across all domains are required to understand the concepts and principles of virtualization and cloud infrastructure technologies. This panel will discuss the how faculty could assist the next graduates to better understand and be prepared for virtualization and cloud infrastructures.

A debate in stereo on the differences between academia and industry

Garry White
Texas State University - San Marcos

John Gragg
Deloitte Touche

Friday - 11/2/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 2:00 pm

The panel will be composed of an academic of 32 years and a professional of 32 years. They will present the differences between academia and industry. Comparisons will be made between the classroom and the working world. Another comparison will be between the student and a professional. After the brief presentation, attendees will have the opportunity to discuss these differences and the impact they have on academia.

Going Digital: Lessons from Three Years of e-Textbook Use

Alan Dennis
Indiana University

Friday - 11/2/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 3:45 pm

A new generation of students is now arriving at universities. Often referred to as “digital natives”, these students are still greeted by pre-digital era paper textbooks and approaches to learning their grandparents would recognize. Over the past three years, Indiana University has been pilot testing a new e-text approach that makes commercial textbooks, coursepacks, and open source material available digitally to students and faculty through its learning management system. The e-text software enables faculty to augment the “flat” paper materials with video, audio and text files from anywhere on the Web to customize the materials and make them more dynamic. Students and faculty also can annotate the materials and share those annotations with others, making learning a more social experience. In this presentation, I will report on a three-year study of the successes and failures of etexts. First, we will examine student reading and annotating behaviors and how students acted in the e-text environment. Then, we will look at student attitudes towards using e-texts and the factors that led students to prefer or not prefer e-texts to paper materials. Finally, we will discuss the impact of using the digital tools on student learning. Although this is a preliminary study, I believe these results have implications for the adoption and use of e-texts here at IU and at other institutions.

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

S E Kruck
James Madison University

Albert Harris
Appalachian State University

Ken Surendran
Southeast Missouri State University

Garry White
Texas State University-San Marcos

Friday - 11/2/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 4:45 pm

Interested in publishing your research? In this session, you will hear directly from, and ask questions of, the editor, editor emeritus, associate editor and special issue 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.

The Effects of Contemporary Technologies on Medical Education, Practice, and Management

George Nezlek
Independent Consultant

Katarzyna Luba
University of Chicago

Dominick Maino
Illinois College of Optometry

Richard Friedman
Radiation Oncology of Mississippi

Saturday - 11/3/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 9:15 am

In the case of healthcare, the consequences of applying new technologies can literally be a matter of life and death. Our panel will discuss the impacts, good and bad, of relevant technologies on the delivery of healthcare services to patients, the management of medical practice, and the training of future healthcare professionals.

Who, What, Where ? In Search of the Home for IS

George Nezlek
Independent Consultant

Sasa Dekleva
DePaul University

Gezinus Hidding
Loyola University Chicago

Brian Reithel
University of Mississippi

Leslie Wagnespack
Bentley University

Saturday - 11/3/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 11:00 am

There has always been a great deal of confusion about academic IS programs. Are they part of CS? Are they part of a Business curriculum? Should IS be an independent academic unit or part of a larger department? Is IS a professional or academic discipline? Our panelsits will offer insights into each of these perspectives in an effort to try an understand why IS programs do not enjoy a consistent place in academic hierarchies

The online transition: Best practices in redesigning courses for fully online and hybrid format.

Jennifer Grant
Augsburg College

Heather Ek
Augsburg College

George Nezlek
Independent Consultant

Saturday - 11/3/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 2:15 pm

Are you considering making a transition to the online platform for your courses or campus? This panel will offer two valuable perspectives on approaching this challenge. Best practices, obstacles, and personal experiences will be shared from the IT staff viewpoint as well as the faculty viewpoint. Preparing faculty to make a successful transition from the traditional classroom to online requires more than training in how to use the learning management system. Information will be provided on how IT staff can support faculty when redesigning for online by helping them to discover new software, tools and techniques. Course redesign strategies will be shared. Discussion will center on using the online platform to create a teaching presence, encourage collaboration, and effectively integrating face-to-face time with online sessions.

Volunteering for EDSIG Conferences and Journals

Alan Peslak
Penn State University - Worthington Scranton

Wendy Ceccucci
Quinnipiac University

Scott Hunsinger
Appalachian State University

S Kruck
James Madison University

Tom Janicki
University of North Carolina Wilmington

George Nezlek
Independent Consultant

Saturday - 11/3/2011 in La Nouvelle Orleans East at 2:45 pm

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 interests.