Integrating Social Media into IS/IT Courses: A Success Story to Report

Presenter: Hossein Bidgoli, California State University - Bakersfield I have been teaching Information Systems (IS) courses for over 30 years. The currency of the materials and engagement of the students are two major challenges in teaching these courses. Even those textbooks that are being published on yearly bases do not reflect the ongoing technology changes in the IS field. Students in the IS field are interested in knowing the latest developments on hardware, software, IT jobs, and new products and services in this field. By using social media, I have been able to overcome these two challenges. My lectures are now as current as the day of the lecture and my students are as engaged as possible with the course!

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Integrating Social Media into IS/IT Courses: A Success Story to Report

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Presenter: Hossein Bidgoli, California State University - Bakersfield I have been teaching Information Systems (IS) courses for over 30 years. The currency of the materials and engagement of the students are two major challenges in teaching these courses. Even those textbooks that are being published on yearly bases do not reflect the ongoing technology changes in the IS field. Students in the IS field are interested in knowing the latest developments on hardware, software, IT jobs, and new products and services in this field. By using social media, I have been able to overcome these two challenges. My lectures are now as current as the day of the lecture and my students are as engaged as possible with the course!
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  1. Integrating Social Media into IS/IT Courses: A Success Story to Report

    Slide 1 - Integrating Social Media into IS/IT Courses: A Success Story to Report

    • Hossein Bidgoli
    • California State University - Bakersfield
  2. Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D.

    Slide 2 - Hossein Bidgoli, Ph.D.

    • Professor of MIS at California State University
    • Helped set up the first PC lab in the U.S. and served as its first director
    • Author of 45 textbooks, 27 lab manuals, and dozens of technical articles
    • Editor-in-Chief of five major encyclopedia and handbook series
    • Numerous national awards and accolades for many of these Encyclopedias and Journals
    • 2001-2002 Professor of the Year
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  3. Teaching the Intro Information Systems Course

    Slide 3 - Teaching the Intro Information Systems Course

    • I have been teaching the intro IS course for over 30 years
    • There are two challenges in teaching an intro IS course:
    • The Currency of the Materials
    • Student Engagement
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  4. The Currency of the Materials

    Slide 4 - The Currency of the Materials

    • Even those textbooks that are being published on yearly bases do not reflect the ongoing technology changes in the IS field
    • Students in the IS course are interested in knowing the latest developments in hardware, software, IT jobs, business applications, and new products and services in this field
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  5. Student Engagement

    Slide 5 - Student Engagement

    • Your job as an instructor is well defined (to lecture!)
    • What about your students?
    • How do you connect the students to the course?
    • How do you create a forward-looking course?
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  6. Social Media

    Slide 6 - Social Media

    • Students are using one of the social media nearly all the time
    • How about using social media to connect your students to the course?
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  7. How Do We Do It?

    Slide 7 - How Do We Do It?

    • Using social media we have been able to overcome these challenges
    • My lectures are now as current as the day of the lecture and my students are as engaged as possible with the course
    • We have identified 14 key topics /chapters that are being covered in an intro IS course
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  8. How Do We Do It? (Continued)

    Slide 8 - How Do We Do It? (Continued)

    • We post a daily link (a Tweet) to an article published in popular IS/IT publications such as:
    • Computerworld, InfoWorld, CIO,...
    • with a brief reference to a chapter in the textbook
    • Please note these articles are not selected randomly
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  9. 14 Key Topics /Chapters

    Slide 9 - 14 Key Topics /Chapters

    • Ch. 1 - Information Systems: An Overview
    • Highlights: Gaining Competitive Advantage Using IS
    • Ch. 2 - Computers: The Machines Behind Computing
    • Highlights: Upcoming I/O Devices, Memory Devices, and OSs
    • Ch. 3 - Database Systems, Data Warehouses, and Data Marts
    • Highlights: Business Intelligence
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  10. 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    Slide 10 - 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    • Ch. 4 - Personal, Legal, Ethical, and Organizational Issues of IS
    • Highlights: Reducing Organizational and Personal Risks
    • Ch. 5 - Protecting Information Resources
    • Highlights: Awareness, Safeguards, and Protection of Information Resources
    • Ch. 6 - Data Communications: Delivering Information Anywhere and Anytime
    • Highlights: Modern D.C., Cost Saving, and Collaboration
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  11. 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    Slide 11 - 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    • Ch. 7 - The Internet, Intranets, and ExtranetsHighlights: E-Collaboration, Web 2.0/Web 3.0, and Social Networking
    • Ch. 8 - Electronic CommerceHighlights: Successful E-commerce Business Models and Technologies
    • Ch. 9 - Global Information SystemsHighlights: Doing Business around the Globe
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  12. 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    Slide 12 - 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    • Ch. 10 - Building Successful Information SystemsHighlights: Modern Systems Analysis and Design
    • Ch. 11 - Enterprise SystemsHighlights: Increasing Productivity and Improving Customer Service
    • Ch. 12 - Management Support SystemsHighlights: Improving and Expediting Decision Making Process
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  13. 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    Slide 13 - 14 Key Topics /Chapters (Continued)

    • Ch. 13 - Intelligent Information SystemsHighlights: Intelligent Computing and Beyond
    • Ch. 14 - Emerging Trends, Technologies, and ApplicationsHighlights: Cloud Computing and Virtual Worlds
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  14. What Are These Daily Posts?

    Slide 14 - What Are These Daily Posts?

    • IS/IT applications
    • New developments
    • Breaking news
    • IT Jobs
    • Case examples
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  15. A few examples of recent posts

    Slide 15 - A few examples of recent posts

    • You can rise with public clouds or sink with private (InfoWorld/ Chapter 14)
    • Far from Silicon Valley, a big bet on the Internet of things (InfoWorld/ Chapter 7)
    • Snapchat and other online services need to tighten security (Computerworld/Chapter 5)
    • Gartner lays out its top 10 tech trends for 2015 (InfoWorld/Chapter 1)
    • FTC warns companies not to use big data to exclude consumers (Computerworld/Chapter 3)
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  16. Platform Used

    Slide 16 - Platform Used

    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • LinkedIn
    • Others can be added
    • More than 1,000 students and faculties throughout the US are following us
    • We have posted over 1,200 tweets so far
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  17. Facebook Screen Shot

    Slide 17 - Facebook Screen Shot

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  18. Twitter Screen Shot

    Slide 18 - Twitter Screen Shot

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  19. LinkedIn Screen Shot

    Slide 19 - LinkedIn Screen Shot

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  20. Additional materials

    Slide 20 - Additional materials

    • For my own students I also post a question for discussion and ask students to comment and interact with each other on the social media
    • The results have been extremely positive
    • The currency of the materials has been significantly improved, and the students’ engagement with each other and with the course has increased dramatically
    • I start each lecture with one of these tweets and ask students to participate
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  21.  Social Media as an additional resource

    Slide 21 -  Social Media as an additional resource

    • You can assign these article links as additional readings to supplement your course
    • Students could use these articles for their term papers and conduct research on a given topic
    • Students simply get the latest information in the IS field
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  22. What Do These Daily Tweets Do?

    Slide 22 - What Do These Daily Tweets Do?

    • Bring currency to the course
    • Create linkage among different chapters and topics by going back and forth
    • Highlight the importance of the materials to the students by appearing on popular daily IS/IT Publications
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  23. Follow us!

    Slide 23 - Follow us!

    • Facebook: 4LTR-Press-for-MIS
    • Twitter: 4LTRPress_MIS
    • LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/4LTR-Press-MIS-4199712
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  24. Please contact me with any questions or comments:

    Slide 24 - Please contact me with any questions or comments:

    • Hossein Bidgoli
    • hbidgoli@csub.edu
    • https://www.csub.edu/~hbidgoli/
    • 661-654-2331
    • Thank you!
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