Service Learning is an effective educational paradigm for tomorrow's computer professionals in that it moves technology education beyond mere technology to both authentic education and the service of community needs.
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Professor Bruce Saulnier actively seeks to be engaged in "scholarly teaching"; that is, his teaching methods are informed by the scholarship of teaching and learning. As a consequence he has shifted from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered instructional pedagogy. He actively involves his students in the learning process, having long ago abandoned the lecture as the dominant classroom paradigm. In introductory courses Bruce's students learn-by-doing and actively relate the course material to their lives as students. In doing so they address larger development issues such as personal responsibility for decision making and their own learning, what it means to be an effective student, and ethical dimensions of information technology. Consistent with "learner-centered" pedagogy, Bruce does not "teach" computer information systems; rather, he "uses" computer information systems to teach his students. Students learn much more than computer information systems. They become reflective practitioners relative to the higher education learning process. Bruce's upper level courses use a Service Learning pedagogy. For example, in Systems Analysis and Design students learn the principles of improving organizational information systems by working in project teams examining existing real systems in real organizations.
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