Volume 7

Volume 7, Number 39

May 20, 2009

9 pages447 K bytes

Delivering SAP Information Systems Courses 9116 Kilometers from Home

Andrew Stein
Victoria University
Melbourne, Australia

Abstract: Australian universities have aggressively courted and created many partnerships with universities in the greater Asian region in the last 10 years. A typical Australia university will have between 10 and 20 partnerships with Asian Universities but over the last 2 years many have pared back their offerings into these Asian destinations due to concerns about profitability. Whilst the nature of the exchange between the universities can follow several models in almost all cases an Australian academic is required to travel and deliver course material into an Asian destination. This paper details the issues that one academic confronts in delivering a Masters level course into a Beijing based university. The masters program that is the topic of this paper uses SAP hosting centers, internal SAP servers for access to Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and provides ERP visiting experts teaching SAP content with a combination of off-shore delivery using face-to-face and on-line delivery. The issues that confront an academic delivering off-shore programs and courses 9116 kilometers from home are explored as well as the day to day tribulations required of the visiting lecturer.

Keywords: distance education, on-line delivery, enterprise systems, China, SAP

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Recommended Citation: Stein (2009). Delivering SAP Information Systems Courses 9116 Kilometers from Home. Information Systems Education Journal, 7 (39). http://isedj.org/7/39/. ISSN: 1545-679X. (A preliminary version appears in The Proceedings of ISECON 2007: §2324. ISSN: 1542-7382.)