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Recommended Citation: Wang, M.  Teaching Web-driven Database Applications with Templates.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2003, v 20 (San Diego): §4121. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 1(11). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
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Teaching Web-driven Database Applications with Templates

Refereed5 pages
Ming Wang    [a1] [a2]
California State University Los Angeles    [u1] [u2]
Los Angeles, California, USA    [c1] [c2]

Due to the vast popularity development of the Internet applications, web driven database application programming has become one of the important topics in the curriculum of information systems. Many schools have developed an upper division course for such a topic. The question raised is how to effectively teach the course to students. After trial and errors, the author found that the solution is using program templates. Program templates are stand-alone program examples created by the instructor. Given the appropriate database connectivity resources and program templates, students are able to modify the templates to their assignment solutions and ultimately to the course project. The templates provide students framework to enable students to better understand, and apply their acquired knowledge to database web applications. As a result, the utilization of this approach increases the motivation in many students to learn and produces more effective learning outcome than passive approaches such as traditional lecture and homework assignments.

Keywords: IS curriculum, IS education, database application programming, web development

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