Volume 5

Volume 5, Number 37

December 12, 2007

10 pages557 K bytes

“Child is Father to the Man”: Social Software in the IS 2007 Curriculum?

Bruce M. Saulnier
Quinnipiac University
Hamden, CT 06518 USA

Abstract: A case is made for the deployment of social software and Web 2.0 tools in the IS 2007 curriculum, both as pedagogical tools and as an area of study. An examination of the enrollment problem in the information systems field is conducted. The characteristics of today’s millennial college students are examined, and it is posited that these characteristics contribute to the enrollment problem in the field. An ongoing study of the use of social software in industry is explained and preliminary results of the study are reported. Curricular implications of the study are then posited. Preliminary results of efforts to address these curricular implications are reported and future department directions are posed. It is concluded that the use of social software tools in the information systems curriculum has had a positive effect on student recruitment efforts while simultaneously addressing industry needs in a Web 2.0 business environment.

Keywords: Active Learning Pedagogy, Millennials, Social Software, Web 2.0

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Recommended Citation: Saulnier (2007). “Child is Father to the Man”: Social Software in the IS 2007 Curriculum? Information Systems Education Journal, 5 (37). http://isedj.org/5/37/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2007: §2534. ISSN: 1542-7382.)