Abstracts Chair

Jeffrey Cummings, University of North Carolina Wilmington

Ordered by presentation time

Automated Assessment with Formative Feedback using Excel

Raymond Frost
Ohio University

Vic Matta
Ohio University

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Marriott 1 at 11:45 am

The need Students learn better when given precise formative feedback on their work. The system described here gives precise feedback on Microsoft Excel assignments down to the cell level even for large enrollment classes. Better feedback makes it easier for students to identify and fix errors. More....

Transitioning a Systems Design and Analytics Course for Analytics Project Work: Topic and Pedagogical Considerations

James Pomykalski
Susquehanna University

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Marriott 5 at 11:45 am

The transition of curriculum in a traditional information systems program to a curriculum focused on business analytics requires changes to the focal topic areas. In many IS curriculum the traditional Systems Analysis and Design course needs to change to accommodate the analytical procedures and methods. More...

Building and Launching a Student-run I.T. Consulting Venture

RJ Podeschi
Millikin University

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Chesapeake 2 at 2:20 pm

It has been previously researched, practiced, and promoted that information systems (I.S.) programs produce more prepared graduates when they are engaged in hands-on learning opportunities (Abassi & King, 2007). Furthermore, research also supports the engagement of external clients and real-world projects (Connelly & Begg, 2006). Even though real-world projects add value to the external client, there isn’t always a support mechanism in place to fix defects, make feature enhancements, or support the deliverable. More...

Effective Internships: A Study Combining Curriculum Development, Student Performance, and Program Assessment

John Reynolds
Grand Valley State University

Roger Ferguson
Grand Valley State University

Paul Leidig
Grand Valley State University

Joseph Hornik
Grand Valley State University

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Marriott 1 at 2:20 pm

Since the 1960’s, internships have been part of many computing programs. Today, internships in Information Systems (IS) and Computer Science (CS) are often a one-semester course taken in one of the last two semesters of a baccalaureate degree. For over 25 years, an internship program has been an integral part of the computing program at XXXX through: a required internship, a rapidly growing number of available internships, and an increasing diversity in the type of work offered in the internship. Because of the significance of required internships to these programs, data were collected for the past 10 years in the attempt to assess the effectiveness of the internship program. More....

Implementing Trigger Automation Activities in Business Marketing Courses

Victor Berardi
Kent State University at Stark

Donald Thacker
Kent State University at Stark

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Marriott 5 at 2:20 pm

It used to be that connecting disparate or external computer systems and tools together to create workflow automations and integrations required high-level technical and programming skills that often were beyond the capabilities of most non-technical employees. Now, trigger automation tools—such as IFTTT (If-This-Then-That), Zapier, and Microsoft Flow—provide More....

Using Contextual Semantic Search to Gather Actionable Insights for Curriculum Development: A Research Proposal

Diane Igoche
Robert Morris University

Thursday - 11/1/2018 in Marriott 6/7 at 2:20 pm

According to IBM, jobs requiring data science skills will see a 28 percent by the year 2020. However, there is a skill-gap for this highly compensated, interdisciplinary field. In response to this gap, colleges and universities have begun to develop graduate programs to train individuals with an interest in Data Science and its related fields. The typical Data Science graduate program has enrollments from students with a Computing, Mathematics, Engineering, and Natural Science background. More....

The Emergence of Business Analytics in Information Systems from 2011-2018

Katherine Chudoba
Utah State University

Robert Mills
Utah State University

Kelly Fadel
Utah State University

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Chesapeake 2 at 11:45 am

The demand for graduates with coursework in big data, data science, and analytics continues to grow, and many career rankings list these skills among the top in demand by industry. In 2007, Undergraduate computer-related majors in AACSB accredited schools of business had very few offerings in business analytics. This study examines the emergence of business analytics within computer-related majors. In addition, we examine the impact of program names and geographic locations on programs offering majors and concentrations in analytics. More...

Ethical Hacking Skills: Review of Pedagogical Approaches and Recommendation of Best Practices

Regina Hartley
Appalachian State University

Lakshmi Iyer
Appalachian State University

Christopher Taylor
Appalachian State University

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Marriott 1 at 11:45 am

The reliance on information technologies and technological infrastructures continues to permeate all of the society. Some concern, quite possibly, stems from the obvious lack of security typically found in information technologies and systems. The Internet has provided massive opportunities in a wide range of areas, but it has also necessitated that individuals be educated on topics related to this growth. Future careers in cybersecurity may compel professionals to be better equipped with skills and mindsets that are similar to those of attackers and intruders in order to adequately recognize and defend networks. More....

Using Jupyter Notebooks and GitHub to Create Explorable Explanations in Python and SAS Classes: Early Experience

Danial Clapper
Western Carolina University

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Marriott 6/7 at 11:45 am

The iterative and exploratory nature of data analytics can make it challenging to document and reproduce the steps an analyst takes to arrive at a result. Jupyter Notebooks offer promise for creating reproducible computational narratives that allow reproducible, sharable solutions to this problem (Perez and Granger, 2015). Growing out of the IPython Project, Jupyter Notebooks makes it possible to create a notebook that is a mixture of text, interactive code and visualizations. More...

Understanding the Contemporary and Forward-Looking Technology Needs of Employers for Integration in a Business Curriculum

Gregory Blundell
Kent State University at Stark

Victor Berardi
Kent State University at Stark

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Chesapeake 2 at 4:10 pm

The use of technology in organizations has probably never been more intense than it currently is. Long gone are the days where email and office suites are the primary or only technologies used by most employers. In a modern workplace, an employee also might use ERP/CRM packages, collaboration tools, trigger automation services, data visualization and analytics programs, and sales, project and supply chain management packages, among others. More....

The pedagogy of emergency management academic programs: A balance between training and education

Mariama Yakubu
University of New Haven

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Marriott 1 at 4:10 pm

The emergency management field has seen tremendous increase for over two decades. Accordingly, academic institutions around the globe have responded by offering certificate and degree programs at various levels in emergency management and associated fields. The United States alone has at least 9 doctoral, 47 masters, 72 bachelors, and 69 independent certificate programs. More....

Applying an Agile Collaborative Design Factory Methodology to Course Projects of STEM

James Lawler
Pace University

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Marriott 5 at 4:10 pm

Colleges of computer science and information systems are engaging students in collaborative design courses on entrepreneurial innovation projects. Design Factory methodology is engaging the students in developing interdisciplinary iterative processes for non-profit and profit organizations, in a co-creator culture of passionate self-directed teams. The author of the paper is evaluating, from focus groups, the potential of a collaborative Design Factory Methodology for Innovation Projects course, More....

An Examination of Project Context in Improving Computer Programming Pedagogy

Lakshmi Iyer
Appalachian State University

Edgar Hassler
Appalachian State University

Indika Dissanayake
University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Rudolph Bedeley
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Friday - 11/2/2018 in Marriott 6/7 at 4:10 pm

Information Technology (IT) professionals are in high demand. However, filling the pipeline with talent is as difficult as ever. This presentation discusses the development of research targeting the improvement of computer programming projects in an instructional environment. While prior studies have examined factors such as personality traits, past academic performance, self-efficacy, and cognitive skills (Hostetler 1983, Ramanlingam and Wiedenbeck 1998, Porter et al. 2013) that impact student programming performance, More....

Measuring the return on investment regarding presence in the online classroom

Michelle Louch
Duquesne University

Saturday - 11/3/2018 in Chesapeake 2 at 11:45 am

Those who taught in the early days of online education tell tales that can make it sound very much like the Old (Electronic) West – at least in the sense that there were few studies, few experts, and few guidelines. As “best practices” and benchmarks evolved, and as the electronic classroom came into its own, one guiding principle emerged: create a presence. More...

Using VBA to provide fast, personalized feedback to assignments submitted electronically.

Michael Smith
Georgia Institute of Technology

Saturday - 11/3/2018 in Marriott 1 at 11:45 am

Providing frequent fast personalized feedback is desired to enable students to improve. Over several terms teaching undergraduate business classes of 60-80 students, I have developed a VBA-based system to automate grading of some assignments and to gather and present others to make them easier to grade consistently "by hand". Students submit answers through Excel workbooks but assignments need not be Excel. SQL and R assignments have also been submitted. Once the submission deadline has passed, workbooks are downloaded using the LMS's own feature to a specifically named folder. More....

Critical Thinking Task for Information Technology Project Management

Christopher Sibona
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Saturday - 11/3/2018 in Marriott 5 at 11:45 am

Traditional engineering methods of project management have focused on stage-gate progress through a system with high ceremony to reduce project risks. Iterative and incremental project management methods for information systems development, in contrast to traditional engineering approaches, have been used since the 1970s [citation] and Agile methods have become more prominent since the publication of the Agile Manifesto in 2001. More....