The importance of introducing a course on information and communication technologies for development into the information technology curriculum

This paper studies the role and the importance of Information and Communication Technologies for Development (ICT4D) education in Information Technology (IT) programs. The research included students who attended an ICT4D course at the New York Institute of Technology, at the Amman Campus, between 2006 to 2009.

Data were collected through two questionnaires developed by the researcher responsible for teaching the course. The first questionnaire was administered in the first lecture of the academic semester, and the second questionnaire was administered in the last lecture. The study shows that students consider an ICT4D course an important ingredient in the IT curriculum. Of the students, 98.8% expressed that ICT4D had an important role in IT practices and education, 97.1% stated that they were satisfied with the course, 96.7% expressed that the course met the objectives. The results of this study lead to a call for ICT4D courses to be included in Bachelor of Information Technology curriculum at the Amman Campus

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Walid Al-Ahmad
© International Journal of Education and Development using Information and Communication Technology, 2010