Title: Delivering IS/OR curricula through distance learning

Authors: John Gerdes Jr, Bezalel Gavish

Addresses: Technology Support and Training Management, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208, USA. ' Eugene J. and Ruth F. Constantin Distinguished Chair in Business, Edwin L. Cox School of Business, PO Box 750333, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX 75275-0333, USA

Abstract: Students in fields such as information systems and operations research, need to acquire both theory-based concepts as well as |hand-on|, procedural knowledge. With the growing demand for non-traditional instruction, distance learning is increasingly seen as an important element in delivering knowledge in a cost-effective manner. While mechanisms for supporting standard lecture-based formats have been well addressed in the literature, there is much less research on systems to support laboratories, an important aspect of IS/OR education. Building on a foundation drawn from the educational psychology literature, we investigate the issues surrounding the delivery of IS/OR curricula in distance learning environments.

Keywords: distance laboratories; educational psychology; Gagne; learning theory; information systems curriculum; operations research curriculum; distance learning; educational psychology; continuing education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJIOME.2006.009720

International Journal of Information and Operations Management Education, 2006 Vol.1 No.3, pp.295 - 315

Published online: 07 May 2006 *

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