The case for ICT work-integrated learning from graduates in the workplace

Koppi, Tony, Edwards, Sylvia L., Sheard, Judy, Naghdy, Fazel, & Brookes, Wayne (2010) The case for ICT work-integrated learning from graduates in the workplace. In Clear, Tony & Hamer, John (Eds.) Proceedings of the Twelfth Australasian Computing Education Conference, Australian Computer Society Inc , Brisbane, pp. 107-116.

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An online survey of recent ICT graduates in the workplace was carried out as part of a recent project funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. The survey was concerned with the ICT curriculum in relation to workplace job requirements and university preparation for these requirements. The survey contained quantitative and qualitative components and findings from the former have been published (Koppi et al., 2009). This paper reports on a quantitative comparison of responses from graduates who had workplace experience and those who did not, and a qualitative analysis of text responses from all ICT graduates to open-ended questions concerning the curriculum and their perceived university preparation for the workplace. The overwhelming response from ICT graduates in the workplace was for more industry related learning. These industry relationships included industry involvement, workplace learning and business experience, up-to-date teaching and technologies, practical applications, and real-world activities. A closer relationship of academia and industry was strongly advocated by ICT graduates in the workplace.

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ID Code: 49248
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: ICT curriculum, ICT graduates, Professional work requirements, University courses, Work-integrated learning, HERN
ISBN: 9781920682842
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Information Systems
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Australian Computer Society Inc
Copyright Statement: Copyright © 2010, Australian Computer Society Inc. This paper appeared in the Twelfth Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2010), Brisbane, Australia, January 2010. Conferences in Research and Practice in Information Technology, Vol 103. Tony Clear and John Hamer, Eds. Reproduction for academic, not-for-profit purposes permitted provided this text is included
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Last Modified: 20 Mar 2012 00:55

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