Christopher G. Jones

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Sixteen years after the publication of the Standish Group's first CHAOS report in 1994, there is little cause for celebration. True, system development project (SDP) success rates have improved to 32% from the benchmark low of 16.2%; however, when 68% of projects are either cancelled or seriously challenged with regard to budget, schedule, or project scope,(More)
Experts now predict that someday the number of wireless-enabled handheld computing devices will exceed desktop PCs. This paper explores the potential impact of this trend on education. Several examples of current and anticipated usage in learning, instruction, and classroom management are given. Finally, the challenges of adopting and deploying mobile(More)
According to Laurillard's Conversational Framework, teaching and learning are a dialogic activity in which the student attempts to reconstruct the teacher's mental model of the material. An essential part of that dialog between teacher and student is the feedback teachers provide to help students adapt their understanding of the concepts presented.(More)
Fall 2002, the latest revision of the Model Curriculum and Guidelines for Undergraduate Degree Programs in Information Systems was adopted. Included in the new curriculum model was an updated list of desired exit characteristics for information systems undergraduates. This study presents the results on an empirical investigation of the perceived importance(More)
Since the final approval of the criteria for ABET accreditation of Information Systems (IS) programs in December 2001, only seven institutions have been awarded specialized accreditation for their undergraduate IS degrees. To date only, only one undergraduate IS program has received dual AACSB and ABET accreditation status. This paper explores the(More)
Information Technology is fraught with evangelists preaching that one hardware platform, one O/S, one programming language or even one development methodology is the true and only path to computing salvation. In this paper, we investigate the case of a recent message submitted to a listserv by an ASIS SIGIA list subscriber that results in a forfeited job(More)
In 2004, three universities piloted ABET general computing criteria guidelines for undergraduate degree programs in Information Technology (IT). Just three years earlier, in December 2001, ABET had approved criteria for accreditation of Information Systems (IS). For institutions with information-related programs that span IT, IS, and Information Management(More)
While today's IT students may have a theoretical knowledge of all the phases in the systems development lifecycle, they often have little exposure to software development core practices. Few are able to build a new system from scratch. This paper examines a pedagogical approach to modern software engineering based on "doing" systems development from day(More)
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