Impact of a cross-institutional assessment designed to shape future IT professionals

Grace Tan, Anne Therese Venables
InSITE 2015  •  2015  •  pp. 904
[The final form of this paper was published in the journal Issues in Informing Science and Information Technology.]
IT graduates need a suite of technical competencies and soft skills married with an understanding of the social and business contexts of the systems that they build. To instill in students an awareness of current IT industry practice coupled with the broader impact of their discipline in society, academics from Xxxx University and Yyyy University initiated an across-institutional collaboration. The initiative resulted in a common formative assessment task undertaken by teams of students enrolled in each institution’s professional development units.
An initial survey of students was undertaken prior to the assessment task.  The survey queried students’ perceptions of a broad range of professional attitudes and skill sets needed by IT professionals when compared to non-skilled workers. Upon the completion of the assessment task, students were surveyed again.  This paper reports on the surveys’ results noting changes in student perceptions of the importance of personal skills, technical competencies, professional and team working skills, workplace knowledge, and cultural awareness for their future professional lives.
information technology (IT), across-institution assessment, professional skills development, survey
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