A Teaching case: Towards bridging disciplinary divides in IT education
Information Technology (IT) now plays a central role in almost all aspects of business. However to
best realise the potential of IT, it is vital that educators adopt strategies that challenge rather than
reinforce existing disciplinary divides in IT education and business. This paper supports the
application of active learning, via the use of a serial teaching case, towards bridging disciplinary
divides in IT education. Specifically, the case calls for the design, development and implementation of
an Integrated Management Information System. Students are therefore required to demonstrate
analytical as well as technical skill-sets in the areas of IT, accounting and business. The paper
describes the business context facing AHN Ltd. and illustrates the pedagogic use of the case as a
means of integrating IT with aspects of accounting and business knowledge, towards helping
educators contribute to answering the calls from academia (Panko, 2008) and industry (Chan and
Reich, 2007) for graduates with a hybrid of business and IT skill-sets.
Neville, K. and Healy, M., "A Teaching case: Towards bridging disciplinary divides in IT education" (2009). ECIS 2009 Proceedings. 392.
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