Information Systems Education Journal

Volume 13

V13 N5 Pages 12-23

September 2015

Introducing Big Data Concepts in an Introductory Technology Course

Mark Frydenberg
Bentley University
Waltham, MA 02452, USA

Abstract: From their presence on social media sites to in-house application data files, the amount of data that companies, governments, individuals, and sensors generate is overwhelming. The growth of Big Data in both consumer and enterprise activities has caused educators to consider options for including Big Data in the Information Systems curriculum. Introducing Big Data concepts and technologies in the classroom often is reserved for advanced students in database or programming courses. This paper explores approaches for integrating Big Data into the Information Systems curriculum, and presents a sample lesson for presenting basic Big Data concepts to first year students in a general education Information Technology course. As the need for IT professionals with Big Data skills will continue to increase, including these topics in a general education technology curriculum is especially pertinent.

Keywords: big data, data visualization, Google Apps, Technology Concepts

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Recommended Citation: Frydenberg, M. (2015). Introducing Big Data Concepts in an Introductory Technology Course . Information Systems Education Journal, 13(5) pp 12-23. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2014)