Incorporating community-based learning in a first-year computing unit

Full text for this resource is not available from the Research Repository.

Miliszewska, Iwona (2009) Incorporating community-based learning in a first-year computing unit. Asia-Pacific Journal of Cooperative Education, 10 (3). pp. 217-227. ISSN 1175-2882


This article reports on a practice-based initiative aimed to encourage a broader understanding among first-year computing students of how information technology impinges on every facet of modern economy and society. The initiative sought to strengthen the link between computing studies and the real-life IT needs within the community by responding to the needs of The Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition (VIRWC). VIRWC required Web interfaces to help its patrons access information related to settlement issues such as housing, health, banking, language, and education. To address this need, a community-based learning component was incorporated in a first-year unit of an undergraduate computing course. Students worked in groups on developing Settlement Resource Kits, and wrote a reflective report about their experience. This article describes the development of the community-based learning initiative; outlines its benefits to the stakeholders; and, discusses the challenges associated with its development, implementation, and sustainability.

Item type Article
Official URL
Subjects Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Engineering and Science
Historical > FOR Classification > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy
Historical > SEO Classification > 9301 Learner and Learning
Keywords ResPubID16979, Community-based learning, computing students, contextual learning, information technology
Download/View statistics View download statistics for this item

Search Google Scholar

Repository staff login