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Information Technology Employers’ Perceptions of Valuable Entry-Level Competencies and Undergraduate Program Standards: A Comparison
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, , , Florida State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Amsterdam, Netherlands ISBN 978-1-939797-42-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC

Abstract

The field of technology is moving faster than curriculum committees can respond to prepare learners for information technology jobs in a range of industry sectors. To enhance educators’ abilities to anticipate needed change, in this study, the researchers compared prevailing professional competencies to employers’ perceptions of entry-level employee skill needs. Findings indicated that although professional competencies and employer perceptions did not substantially align, employers perceived extra-curricular learning experiences as vital opportunities for students to gain a wide range of workplace and technical skills. These results provide implications for curriculum assessment and planning as well as employer engagement.

Citation

Baeg, J.H., Jones, F.R. & Mardis, M.A. (2019). Information Technology Employers’ Perceptions of Valuable Entry-Level Competencies and Undergraduate Program Standards: A Comparison. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 382-387). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 15, 2019 from .