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Teaching the First Course in Management Information Systems A Framework - Course Technology Computing Conference
Presenter: Hossein Bidgoli, California State University-Bakersfield
Teaching the first course in Management Information Systems (MIS) could be a difficult and challenging task. Some students come to the course with lots of background and some students come with little to no background. Teaching the course in a pure theory format would be uninteresting, and teaching it in a pure technical manner could discourage certain students. I have taught this course for over 30 years and have developed an ideal format and framework for teaching this course that I would like to share with my colleagues. In addition to teaching, I am the author of 44 textbooks, 27 manuals and more than 5 dozen technical articles and papers on various aspects of MIS. I also serve as the editor-in-chief of 5 major Encyclopedias and Handbooks on MIS, the Internet, Information Security, Computer Networks, and Technology Management. I also helped set up the first PC Lab in the United States and served as its first director. For each lecture I set up 6 to 9 learning outcomes introduced to my students at the beginning of each lecture. Using daily tweets that accompany my textbook, I have been able to incorporate new, cutting edge topics in just about all of my lectures. We spend 3-5 minutes at the beginning of each lecture and review breaking news that is related to the MIS field. A typical lecture is a combination of theory, discussion, video presentations, hands-on exercises, and practical and real life examples that relate class discussions to real life practice. Every piece in each lecture is directly linked to a learning outcome outlined at the beginning of each lecture. To further engage my students and keep them motivated, I give them two questions or assignments for the next class period. This creates a dynamic link between the class periods and the time that students study themselves. During my presentation, I will apply this framework to a couple of MIS topics that are covered by nearly all professors teaching the introductory MIS course. This presentation should give participants a clear road map that they may use when they teach their next MIS courses. They can use it in order to prepare their own lectures or use it as a checklist for comparing their own materials with the format outlined in this presentation. The results, hopefully, would be a framework for teaching the first course in MIS that would increase students’ participation and performance.