Practical Academics (Pacademics): Creating a Service Learning Portal for community engagement
Phillip Olla, West Kevin, madonna University, United States
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Toronto, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-81-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
This paper discusses the benefits of integrating service learning into Information Technology (IT) classes and Management Information System (MIS) capstone courses. The literature discusses the benefits of integrating service learning into the curriculum for both the students and the community partners’ perspective, but despite the numerous benefits, there are also a variety of hidden pitfalls and challenges for faculty. This session will discuss some of the problems associated with integrating service learning into the higher education curriculum and describe an innovative approach that has been conceived to by a group of faculty from 8 universities in Michigan USA. The session will a demonstrate a web based portal called practical Academics (Pacademics) hosted at www.pacademics.com that is being developed to alleviate problems of identifying projects and collaborating with community groups by creating a social networking portal for finding projects and managing the service learning process.
Olla, P. & Kevin, W. (2010). Practical Academics (Pacademics): Creating a Service Learning Portal for community engagement. In J. Herrington & C. Montgomerie (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2010--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 3913-3920). Toronto, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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