Everything we wanted to know about our course, but were afraid to ask: views from the student’s perspective

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Venables, Anne, Tan, Grace, Nagappan, Sarojini Devi and Ghous, Asim (2006) Everything we wanted to know about our course, but were afraid to ask: views from the student’s perspective. In: Emerging Trends and Challenges in Information Technology Management. Khosrow-Pour, Mehdi, ed. Idea Group Publishing, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 595-598.


This paper reports on a serendipitous opportunity that befell our Bachelor of Science degree program at Victoria University, Australia, where we were able to collect ‘unsolicited’ student feedback on our course offering from both local students in Melbourne and international students studying off campus in Malaysia and Sydney, Australia. The opportunity came about as a useful by-product of a learning outcome, in a third year Computer Science subject, Intelligent Systems. In this elective subject, the assignment task was the creation of an expert system entitled “The Unofficial Course Guide to the Computer Science Degree”, in which students authored and collected student surveys to tap the ‘unofficial information’ about our course. An insight into issues of importance to students was gained by analyzing student generated surveys at these three locations. At the home campus, this ‘unsolicited’ feedback highlighted that student choices are moti- vated by pragmatic mechanisms about fulfilling the course requirements with a minimum of effort. Similar behaviours have also been reported amongst students in New Zealand (Ditcher & Hunter, 2000) and the United States (Wilhelm & Comegys, 2004). However at the two off campus locations, Malaysia and Sydney Australia, the motivations for these full fee paying international students are quite different. Paper presented at the 2006 Information Resources Management Association International Conference, Washington, DC, May 21-24, 2006

Item type Book Section
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22293
Official URL http://www.irma-international.org/viewtitle/32855/
ISBN 9781616921286, 1599040190 (Print), 1599040204 (CD-ROM)
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Keywords ITB12713, Victoria University, Melbourne, distant education, Bachelor of Science, computer education, IT
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