Beyond the components: Use of a virtual project environment to encourage deeper understanding

Jewels, Tony J., Ford, Marilyn, & Jones, Wendy C. (2004) Beyond the components: Use of a virtual project environment to encourage deeper understanding. In HERDSA conference, July, Miri, Sarawak.


In the design and delivery of a new IT project management (ITPM) unit, a pedagogy was adopted to provide postgraduate and final year undergraduate students with what was believed to offer the most appropriate skills and relevant knowledge to take them into the workforce. Providing a rich, descriptive, project environment for students in the form of a single case study, it was expected that students would become deeply embedded in the case and subsequently gain a greater understanding of the theoretical constructs covered in the unit. Additionally, it was hoped that 'deep immersion' into the case would provide students with the opportunity to understand the totality of the system and the interrelationships between the individual constructs. The integration of a single case study into the unit curriculum as a sort of 'virtual environment' provided challenges for both students and teaching staff alike and required ongoing evaluation and modifications to ensure that the pedagogy was appropriate for its purpose.

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ID Code: 7873
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Case method, holistic learning, virtual environment
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > INFORMATION SYSTEMS (080600) > Information Systems Management (080609)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright HERDSA 2004
Deposited On: 25 May 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 14:08

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