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16-8-2018 12:00 AM

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Information systems play an important, strategic role in business, which is why the introductory Information Systems (IS) course has long been a staple in business school curriculum. However, as IS became more ingrained in day-to-day operations and then into strategy conversations, a technically focused introductory course was not sufficient for business students to grasp the relevance of IS in every facet of business life. This paper describes a new design of this course and the process used to get there. The course centerpiece is a common story used by faculty to connect the dots for students about the bigger picture concepts and relevant terminology. The story provides a vehicle for bringing the concepts to life. We will describe initial feedback as well as a study that we have designed to study in detail the impact of the new design and how it compares to the version that it replaced.

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Aug 16th, 12:00 AM

Driving Relevance into the Introductory Information Systems Course

Information systems play an important, strategic role in business, which is why the introductory Information Systems (IS) course has long been a staple in business school curriculum. However, as IS became more ingrained in day-to-day operations and then into strategy conversations, a technically focused introductory course was not sufficient for business students to grasp the relevance of IS in every facet of business life. This paper describes a new design of this course and the process used to get there. The course centerpiece is a common story used by faculty to connect the dots for students about the bigger picture concepts and relevant terminology. The story provides a vehicle for bringing the concepts to life. We will describe initial feedback as well as a study that we have designed to study in detail the impact of the new design and how it compares to the version that it replaced.