Work-integrated Learning in a Doctoral Course in Informatics
2016 (English)In: Proceedings of IRIS39 - The 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, Ljungskile, Sweden, 7-10 August 2016, 2016, 1-11 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Being the first university in the world to provide doctoral program in Work-integrated Learning (WIL), we face the challenge of how to integrate doctoral courses into the WIL philosophy, which is the profile of the University West, Sweden. To exemplify what we mean by such a notion of integration, we introduce and demonstrate our proposed ontological approach to integrate a PhDcourse into the fundamental concepts underpinning WIL. The WIL within the context of informatics research (which is a subfield of the IS discipline) playsfive different roles of (1) the main course content, (2) the target occupation ofthe students and occupational field of the teachers, (3) the analytical perspective of the research activities in the course, (4) the educational method where teachers and students conduct collaborative research activities as a cognitive apprenticeship learning model, and (5) a co-authored research paper as outcome.The outcomes of such a conducted approach and lessons learned from the course will be thoroughly described. In the course, a meta-analysis of WIL informatics research will be performed to examine four dimensions which are: theories relevant for WIL; methods used in WIL research; occupational fields in WIL informatics studies; and roles of technology in WIL research. The course is arranged in the these phases: Local investigation; locally rooted research within the informatics field is examined by the course participants in dialogue with the authors of a number of published articles in order to see the extent and the how aspects of these identified WIL-oriented research work; Local synthesis; both teachers and the PhD students (i.e., course participants) explore the results and synthesize a local WIL-model; Global overview; a number of related international literature is selected and studied; Global synthesis; The local WIL model is compared to the global investigation. Co-authoring; a research paper is co-authored by the course participants and presented at a conference. By doing so, we enhance our understandings and thus contribute to one additional practical application of WIL's pedagogical philosophy, which influences the course content, the course format, the activities, the teaching-learning model,and the outcome of the course.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 1-11 p.
Work-Integrated Learning, Work-Integrated Learning Informatics, Course Design, Collaborative Research, Co-authoring, Teaching-learning Model
Information Systems, Social aspects
Research subject SOCIAL SCIENCE, Informatics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-10001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-10001DiVA: diva2:1037555
IRIS39 - The 39th Information Systems Research Conference in Scandinavia, Ljungskile, Sweden, 7-10 August 2016