Title: Improving MIS education in an online learning environment through course-embedded measurement

Authors: June Lu, Linda A. Hayes, Chun-Sheng Yu

Addresses: School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479, USA. ' School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479, USA. ' School of Business Administration, University of Houston-Victoria 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77479, USA

Abstract: Enrolment decline in Information Systems (IS)-related programmes has been a hot issue in academia and this affects the prominence of the Management Information Systems (MIS) course in the Masters of Business Administration (MBA) core curriculum. This paper uses a course-embedded measurement model based on Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) programme assessment steps to investigate the possibility of attracting more online students to MIS courses via providing quality education in the Online Learning Environment (OLE). The data analysis results reveal that course-embedded measurement and the related closing-loop efforts assure learning in MIS classes in an OLE mode. Providing quality OLE classes seems to be an effective channel for enhancing and maintaining MIS enrolment and, in turn, contributes to the double-loop learning and continuous improvement desired in the entire MBA programme.

Keywords: management information systems; MIS education; course-embedded measurement; programme assessment; online learning environment; double-loop learning; innovation; electronic learning; e-learning; MBA.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIL.2009.026649

International Journal of Innovation and Learning, 2009 Vol.6 No.6, pp.641 - 658

Published online: 22 Jun 2009 *

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