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Dr. Janet Toland awarded ACM History Fellowship 2015

21 April 2015


 Janet Toland
has been successful in obtaining an Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) History Fellowship for 2015
for her project "Computing opportunities for all: ACM's role in influencing public policy on universal access and education 1960 to 2010".  Janet will collect data for this project while on her research and study leave at the Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota during Trimester 2, 2015. The award also includes funding to attend the Annual Meeting of the Society for the History of Technology in Albuquerque, New Mexico in October where Janet will participate in a workshop on the history of the ACM.

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SIM proudly presents: Information Needs Analysis

26 March 2015

Announcing a new book

The School of Information Management is proud to announce the publication of a new book by staff members Dan Dorner and Philip Calvert and retired staff member Gary Gorman.

Information Needs Analysis: Principles and Practice in Information Organisations

Blue book 2015

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Information Management Student has real App-titude

17 February 2015

Tracking NCEA credits is now a whole lot easier thanks to a new mobile phone application (app) developed by Wasim Talim, who is currently finishing his studies at Victoria Business School.Wasim, who is studying information systems and e-commerce at the School of Information Management, was approached by his former high school teacher Jeff King, currently Deputy Principal at Rangitikei College, to help him with a problem."He told me his students couldn’t keep track of their studies," says Wasim."Students seemed to know where their phones were at all times, but didn’t know how many NCEA credits they had." The app, known as "NCEA Pal", enables students to enter and monitor their credits themselves, rather than waiting for results to go up on the NZQA website, which can take several weeks. An updated version also links to career advice, showing students potential vocational pathways for the subjects they are studying. The app is free and can be used offline once installed, has already had about 30,000 downloads, and is currently receiving around 1000 downloads a day. "My studies definitely helped me with this project – the skills I learnt in class about project management, prototyping and outsourcing, as well as how to communicate with different time zones were invaluable," says Wasim. He hopes this project will lead to a full-time job in developing educational apps."I'm really passionate about it, so it doesn't feel like a job. I've read about it, done all the study and theory and now I'm actually doing it – it's awesome!" Professor Benoit Aubert, Head of Victoria’s School of Information Management, says the app enables high school students to take responsibility for their own learning and their own decision-making processes."We're very proud that a student from our School has developed this app, which can help thousands of students who are wondering what to do when they finish high school." Wasim's ultimate dream is that NCEA Pal will become iconic over time. "It would be fantastic if every single student at some point in their education uses something I’ve created." A Fairfax Media news story has also featured Wasim's mobile phone app; "http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/61177161/High-marks-for-NCEA-app"

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