Welcome to this issue of Computing and Information Technology Research and Education, New Zealand (CITRENZ) Journal of Applied Computing and Information Technology (JACIT), an amalgamation of two publications from the National Advisory Committee of Computing Qualifications (NACCQ): JACIT and the Bulletin (BACIT).
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Trevor Nesbit, Angela Martin, Vanesa Tenant
The use of social media in higher education has attracted attention from many researchers. In this paper the results of a study into the use of Facebook in two offerings of a large first year Information Systems course and one offering of a large second year Accounting Information Systems course are presented. The courses that were the subject of the study were offered during 2011 at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. This creates added context for the study of the major disruptions caused by the major earthquake on 22nd February of that year and significant snowfalls in August of that year. The results show that the decisions to use Facebook as an additional communication channel in these courses in the wake of the earthquake and snowfalls was justified, provided that joining the groups was not a mandatory requirement for enrolment in the courses.
In this paper, the first design of a novel approach to determine the application of new technology in our courses is described. How to determine current teaching and learning as well as student situations in our courses is part of the first phase of this design research centred project. The “avocado pincer”, that focuses on student, tutor and “new IT Tech” concerns has become the guiding frame. As part of this design process, we have also discovered a useful encoding process for course delivery and assessment, that allows comparison of courses in their delivery and assessment patterns, which could lead further reflection on overall delivery of programmes. At this point we are working on categorisation of student concerns, and the determination of suitable affordances in the case of Git/GitHUB. The design of an “avocado pincer”, successfully enhances in our decision processes.