Title

Skills Frameworks: A Tool for Reform in Information Technology Higher Education

Publication Type

Conference Proceeding Article

Publication Date

8-2014

Abstract

Information Technology (IT) has revolutionized the ways in which various sectors of the industry operate. It has enabled organizations to develop new and creative approaches to design, develop and provide products and services. Consequently, companies increasingly rely on IT solutions and Information Systems (IS) to deliver product and services. This I turn has created a need for availability of skilled IT and IS personnel for effective operational continuity within organizations. There seems to be high demand for both IT/IS skills globally. Universities and other form of tertiary institutions play a key role in developing skilled IT personnel. They deploy various approaches to designing and developing IT/IS educational programs. Some programs could have been developed without much consideration given to the nature of demand for skills and real needs from the IT sector. It is critical to align skills development strategies and educational programs to ensure realistic and relevant needs for IT skills are met. There seems to be a need for standardization of perceptions and expectations of IT/IS roles to facilitate reform for more effective alignment of education of IT/IS with industry needs.

Discipline

Computer Sciences | Education | Software Engineering

Research Areas

Software and Cyber-Physical Systems

Publication

Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Computer Science and Education (ICCSE 2014): August 22-24, 2014, Vancouver

First Page

81

Last Page

88

ISBN

9781479929498

Identifier

10.1109/ICCSE.2014.6926434

Publisher

IEEE

City or Country

Piscataway, NJ

Additional URL

http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ICCSE.2014.6926434