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- ISACA Awards: INFO 301
- Master of Information Management (MIM) Seminar
- Congratulations to PhD student, Van Le
- Information Studies Students Present their Research to the Profession
- Another successful SIM PhD Student
- Dr Mary Tate awarded Royal Society of New Zealand scholarship
- Prestigious Appointment
- Another award for Dr Diane Strode
- Victoria University scores well in international ranking system
- Academic excellence award for SIM graduate
- 'Digital natives' driving the BYOD phenomenon
- Teaching and Learning grant for AV case studies project
- Info Systems student wins Pacific Scholarship Award
- New appointment at SIM
- Best Paper Award
- Kathryn Oxborrow
- Shannon Wellington
- Victorias awards
- ISACA Awards
26 November 2013
ISACA’s Wellington Chapter has supported the School of Information Management with awards for top students in INFO 301 for a number of years. ISACA is a worldwide association of IS professionals dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems. The 2013 awards were presented at a ceremony at the School of Information Management on 22 November 2013 by Bruce Edwards (Secretary, ISACA Wellington Chapter).
This year’s winning students are:
Aidan Copps – Top student award ($700 prize)
Aidan’s report proposed the use of gesture control at Wellington Hospital for manipulating patient data during surgery and for aiding the rehabilitation of reduced mobility patients after surgery or illness. As well as outlining benefits to the hospital, patients, and practitioners, it explored means of mitigating risks and user resistance.
In January 2013 Aidan won NZICA Prize for Introduction to Accounting Information and an Award for Excellence in Accounting. In December 2012 he was on the Dean’s List for academic excellence.
Adam Smith and Oliver Tristram – Best two research reports ($150 each)
In their final assignment for INFO 301, students explored the potential use of an emerging information technology, focusing on how it could be used to change an existing business, addressing a specific problem or issue. The report required critical reflection, robust argument, and the use of analytical frameworks from the course. The reports were an extension of an earlier group project.
Adam Smith: Carving Innovation at ASB with Near-Field Communication
Adam’s report presented a roadmap for the implementation of near-field communications (NFC) by ASB, in partnership with a telecommunications company. It suggested how the bank should differentiate itself from competitors, leading to new customers, current customer retention and switching costs.
Oliver Tristram: Helping CCS Disability Action assist those who are less abled to be fully enabled.
Oliver’s report proposed using a mobile application called LAFE (Lesser Abled - Fully Enabled) to address problems faced by the charity CCS Disability Action, including stretched resources and front line services, and decreased funding. LAFE would be designed to assist the disabled in performing a number of everyday tasks. It would facilitate the independence of individuals while freeing up time and resources for the charity.
Matthew Daysh gained an honorable mention for his project, IKEA and 3 Dimensional Printing.
15 November 2013
The New Zealand Government’s ICT strategy and how to meet the professional skills requirements that flow from it were the topic of a MIM social seminar on 30th October 2013.
The Master of Information Management (MIM) programme in the School of Information Management hosted a combined function with the New Zealand Government Information Management Group.
Sue Powell, Deputy Chief Executive, Information and Knowledge Services, DIA opened the panel discussion about the Government’s ICT Strategy and Action Plan. Val Hooper, Head of the School of Information Management, and Tony Hooper, MIM Programme Director, responded by talking about how the School goes about identifying the skills and learning outcomes that employers seek in the MIM programme. John Roberts, Director Relationships, DIA chaired the session.
76 people attended the event, leading to a very lively discussion after the panel presentation.
13 November 2013
Van Le has won the Best Student Paper Award at the 32nd International Conference on Conceptual Modelling.
Van's paper is titled "Effective Recognition and Visualization of Semantic Requirements by Perfect SQL Samples".
Congratulations to Van, and to her supervisors Sebastian Link and Flavio Ferrarotti.
23 October 2013
On Wednesday, 16 October 2013, four Information Studies students from the School of Information Management took part in an event organised by the Te Ūpoko o te Ika a Māui Wellington Region of LIANZA (Library and Information Association of New Zealand Aotearoa) in conjunction with LIANZA's Research Special Interest Group).
The aim of the event was to give student researchers an opportunity to share their work with the wider profession.
Vanessa King (Master of Information Studies, 2013)
Vanessa spoke about the relationship between Councils and Council-controlled organisations in relation to record keeping.
"Council-controlled organisations (CCOs) occupy a liminal position between the public and private sectors. This often creates dissonance between how they see themselves and how their shareholding councils see them. With this in mind, the research project explored the motivations for local body records managers becoming involved in CCO records management, as well as the barriers to their involvement."
Amy Joseph (Master of Information Studies, 2013)
Amy detailed her findings on e-book licensing requirements of public libraries.
Amy's project was developed in conjunction with an ongoing National Library of New Zealand initiative to investigate collaborative e-book procurement for libraries. It surveyed New Zealand public libraries in order to discover what elements of existing and proposed e-book lending models would best meet the needs of their users, and the degree of tolerance to limitations and friction imposed by different models to meet the needs of other stakeholders such as publishers and authors.
Eric Boamah (PhD, in progress)
Eric has conducted a study on digital preservation management in Ghana, and the barriers to a national programme.
"My focus is to explore the various contextual factors that are influencing the management and preservation of digital cultural heritage resources in Ghana and I use the context of New Zealand as my point of reference."
Rasmus Thogersen (PhD, in progress)
Rasmus spoke about his forthcoming research on the extent to which social (user generated) metadata can be trusted and used wholesale by libraries and similar institutions.
"In aggregations of cultural heritage metadata like Europeana, DPLA or DigitalNZ a certain degree of trust is embedded in the process of social (user generated) metadata aggregation; the local experts are authoritative sources and it is taken for granted that their metadata is of high quality.
"Social metadata provides the potential for semantic richness and it is cheap, but it also can result in errors and maybe even sabotage. My study intends to look at what happens when social metadata is shared between institutions through metadata aggregation and understand the role of trust and the perceived risks when social metadata of questionable provenance is re-used."
All the presentations were well received by the LIANZA members in attendance.
26 September 2013
Congratulations to Mohamed Kinaanath for completing all of the requirements for his PhD.
The title of Mohamed’s thesis is “The Use of Information and Communication Technology in Teaching and Learning within Higher Education Sector of a Small Island Developing State: The Case of the Maldives.” You can access a digital copy in the VUW Research Archives.
Mohamed’s study focussed on the factors that influence Information and Communication Technology (ICT) use in higher education teaching and learning in Small Island Developing States (SIDS), using the Maldives as a representative case.
An Extended Technology Acceptance Model (TAM) of ICT use in higher education in SIDS was developed using TAM theory, Diffusion of Innovation (DOI) theory and a TOEG (Technology-Organisational-Environment-Geography) framework. For the research, Mohamed utilised an interpretive paradigm with qualitative research methods (interviews; focus group discussions; qualitative survey and document reviewing).
The factors that were impeding the adoption of ICT related to four separate contexts: the technology context; the organisational context; the environmental context; and the geographical context. Based on the findings, a practical roadmap was formulated by utilising the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) continuum model of ICT development and the TOEG framework to recommend four broad stages in terms of adoption and use of ICT in higher education.
The study contributes to existing knowledge by providing a clear understanding of the present role of ICT as well as information on how ICT can be used in higher education in SIDS such as the Maldives.
Mohamed’s research is important for providing a wider understanding of the future directions for adoption of ICT within higher education in SIDS.
20 September 2013
Dr Mary Tate has been awarded a Royal Society of New Zealand scholarship to visit China. One of a small group of NZ researchers, she will visit the Beijing Renmin University for about four weeks from 13 October 2013.
In February 2009 the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (now the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment) and the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) signed an arrangement to encourage and facilitate greater understanding and development of research linkages between New Zealand and China. The arrangement provides for that support to be provided through the New Zealand-China Scientist Exchange Programme.
The objectives of the scientific exchange programme are to encourage and facilitate greater understanding and development of research linkages for up to 10 researchers of New Zealand and China, to facilitate access to expertise in each country, and to extend cooperation in jointly agreed priority research fields for collaboration.
At Beijing Renmin University, Mary will work with Professor Ting-Jui Chou on e-marketing and channel strategies for New Zealand food products in China.
1 August 2013
The School of Information Management is proud to announce that Simon Park, Undergraduate Programme Manager, has officially been appointed by the South Korean President, Geun-Hye Park, as an advisor for the National Unification Advisory Council in South Korea.
The Council is a constitutional institution installed in accordance with Article 92 of the Constitution. It is the only Presidential unification advisory forum and the Chairperson is President Park. Simon will work with other advisers to provide advice to President Park when she sets up policies regarding unification matters. The initial appointment is for two years.
25 June 2013
The School of Information Management is proud to announce that Dr Diane Strode has been unanimously selected as the winner of the 2013 PHIS-NZ Information Systems Doctoral Thesis Award, which is presented for the best NZ PhD thesis in Information Systems in New Zealand in 2012.
PHIS-NZ are the Professors and Heads of Information Systems in New Zealand universities, and this is a splendid achievement for Diane and her supervisors Sid Huff, Sebastian Link, and Beverley Hope
Dr Strode’s award-winning thesis "A Theory of Coordination in Agile Software Development" was selected because it addresses an important issue in the information systems field, uses theory in an appropriate and novel way, and is rigorous in its method.
The thesis also makes an original and substantive contribution to understanding the development of information systems.
Dr Strode will receive her award at the IS Doctoral Conference in Auckland on 27 July 2013, where she will give a presentation. It follows earlier success when she collected a Dean's Award for Doctoral Achievement, which recognises excellence in the quality of research and writing in the very best Faculty of Commerce doctoral theses each year.
5 June 2013
Victoria University is continuing its success in university rankings, being named one of the top 50 universities in the world in four subjects.
The 2013 QS World University Rankings rank Victoria at number 19 in Law. Other subjects in which Victoria is in the top 50 are Politics and International Relations (41), English Language and Literature (44) and Psychology (49).
Victoria was also ranked in the top 150 in the world in eight other subjects: Modern Languages, Philosophy, Computer Science and Information Systems, Earth and Marine Sciences, Geography, Communications and Media Studies, Education, and Economics and Econometrics.
The QS World University Rankings cover the world’s top 700 universities and ratings are based on a range of measures including peer review, citation rates and employer surveys.
These results follow the recent Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF) Evaluation, which ranked Victoria first among New Zealand universities for research.
Vice-Chancellor Professor Pat Walsh says the QS World University Rankings are further external confirmation of the calibre of research and teaching at Victoria.
"The various ranking systems use different measures and different methodology but the overall message is consistent: Victoria is a university of high international standing."
5 June 2013
The School of Information Management is proud to announce that BCA(Hons) graduate Aaron Young is the recipient of the 2013 Victoria University Medal for Academic Excellence.
Victoria University bestows the prestigious award every year to the graduate of the Victoria Business School with the highest grade point average in the BCA(Hons).
Aaron, who secured an analyst position at Deloitte Consulting after completing the BCA(Hons), received his award at the graduation ceremony held at the Michael Fowler Centre in May.
His Honours research project, entitled "Towards an Understanding of the Consulting Relationship for the Provision of IT Competence in Small to Medium Enterprises: Perspectives from Consultants and their Clients" was supervised by Dr Jean-Grégoire Bernard.
Aaron is also the recipient of the Xero Award for Information Systems presented at the Victoria Business School 2013 Excellence Awards ceremony, and we congratulate him for these outstanding achievements.
The School of Information Management would also like to congratulate the following BCA and BCA(Hons) graduates, who were presented awards at the Victoria Business School 2013 Excellence Awards ceremony:
- Kelvin King: Revera Award for Information Systems
- Brian Scott: Excellence Award for Information Systems
- Lana Traut: Excellence Award for e-Commerce and Information Systems
- James Brodie: Deloitte Award for e-Commerce and Information Systems
- Gemma Donald: Excellence Award for Information Systems
- Callum Grant: Telecom Award for e-Commerce and Information Systems
22 May 2013
They’re referred to as 'digital natives' -- Generations X, Y and whatever the one that comes after it is called -- those who have spent their entire lives surrounded by digital technologies.
"Students no longer expect to wait for access to a computer or to learn in a predictable classroom context, but instead can choose to use a range of devices and interfaces that enable them to customise their learning in a style and at a pace that suits them," says Dr Sylvester.
So rapid has been the change that many schools have been unable to keep pace with technology: enter the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) phenomenon, where students seek to bridge the gap by bringing their own smartphones, tablets, netbooks or iPods to school to use as learning devices.
"BYOD is an emerging socio-technical phenomenon in both businesses and schools, where it is being advocated for ICT learning. Yet despite accelerating adoption, the factors that affect students' use of BYOD are still not well articulated."
Last year, Dr Sylvester and one of his Honours students, Nathan Hopkins, surveyed nine secondary schools around New Zealand to determine factors that affect students’ use of BYOD. Together with the co-author of the study, Dr Mary Tate, they evaluated antecedents to the behavioural intention of BYOD.
The team received 386 responses to a range of questions, including issues such as teacher, peer and parental influence.
"The results showed that students’ behavioural intention to use their own device was substantially influenced by their attitude and moderately influenced by their subjective norms and perceived behavioural control. The results also suggested that devices that were easier to use and compatible with the learning tasks at hand would positively affect students’ intention to use and that the influence of peers, teachers and parents/guardians was important."
Perhaps more surprising was the response of parents/guardians from the 70s and 80s whose expectations are based on their own experience of school.
"I may have initially expected some push-back from parents whose learning was conducted without these digital devices, but they were actually very encouraging and supportive of BYOD."
The findings have major implications for the education sector, including the need to renegotiate the way classrooms operate.
"Access to knowledge is now democratised. Teachers are just as important as they always were but the teacher’s role becomes more of a mentor, coach, guide and trainer."
It also means schools need to consider initiatives such as training sessions for students on how to use their devices, taking precautionary measures around issues such as cyber safety, as well as providing a sufficient network infrastructure. The BYOD phenomenon isn’t without its risks, says Dr Sylvester.
"It has been argued that BYOD creates distractions and cyber risks, as well as unrealistic demands on school infrastructure and teachers’ technological knowledge."
The BYOD phenomenon has also been blamed for chiselling an even wider crevice in the digital divide -- those who have access to digital devices and those who don't.
"One rural secondary school principal told me it was all very well putting in ultra-fast broadband, but he had four families who didn’t have access to electricity. For those families, using digital devices is not an economic reality. We need to ensure that students aren’t left behind."
Despite the risks, Dr Sylvester says BYOD offers a powerful learning environment.
"Managed properly, BYOD can offer an environment that is engaging, fosters creative thinking and honours students' own passions and preferences for learning."
Dr Sylvester will be presenting the paper, Motivations for BYOD: An Investigation of the Contents of a 21st Century School Bag, in the Netherlands in June. He is hoping to conduct a follow-up survey in 2014, and while in Europe will be speaking with educational institutions in London with the view to internationalising New Zealand's data.
17 April 2013
Senior lecturer Dr Jocelyn Cranefield has received a Learning and Teaching grant for her project Students as Producers: Video cases for sustainable learning in Information Systems.
Dr Jocelyn Cranefield will be co-researching the project with fellow School of Information lecturer Dr Jean-Gregoire Bernard and Warren Butcher (Multimedia Producer, IT services).
The project will develop and trial a framework and methodology for the sustainable supply of locally relevant audio-visual (AV) case studies as group learning materials, recorded and produced on an annual basis by level 400 students as group projects, then re-used as group learning materials at 300 level, and potentially later by students at 200 and/or 100 level.
Dr Cranefield says the "suppliers" in this value chain will be students in the course INFO 409: IT Innovation, Value and Productivity, who will create the video material as part of a major case project. This course is being taught in 2013 as a special topic, but the school plans to offer it as a regular Honours paper thereafter.
Project benefits include:
- bringing students close to New Zealand organisations and challenging them to apply analytical skills in 'real' situations
- increased ownership of content, learning engagement and retention
- development communication skills in visual and oral media
For those from orally-oriented cultures (including Māori and Pasifika), it has potential to act an equaliser, balancing the dominance of the written word with cases based on spoken communication. Longer term, the project has potential to position Victoria as a leader in the design/use of video-based teaching cases.
17 April 2013
The inaugural New Zealand Pacific Scholarship (NZPS) Academic Achievement Award 2012 was presented to outstanding Samoan student Epifania Afano at Victoria University on Thursday 14 march.
Epifania achieved the highest grade point average of all NZPS scholars in her first year of a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Information Systems, including excellent grades in papers that many international students normally struggle with such as FCOM111 (Government, Law and Business) and QUAN102 (Statistics for Business).
The award was presented by Anna Pasikale, Deputy Director for Human Development in the International Development Group (formerly NZAID) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
"We are delighted to present this award to Epifania and hope that it encourages her to believe in her strong ability going forward into her second year," said Anna.
The ceremony was also attended by representatives of Victoria International, who provide pastoral care and support for New Zealand Scholarship and other international students, Te Pūtahi Atawhai, the AVC Pasifika Office and other University student support staff.
The New Zealand Scholarships Programme is part of the New Zealand Government overseas development assistance fund, and currently provides scholarships for almost 180 students from developing countries to study at Victoria. This award was initiated in 2012 to incentivise and recognise academic excellence among scholarship recipients from the Pacific.
8 March 2013
The School of Information Management takes great pleasure in welcoming Professor Anne Goulding, our newly appointed Professor of Library and Information Management.
Professor Goulding comes to us from the University of Loughborough, UK, where she has been Deputy Head of the Department of Information Studies since 2009. She holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, and her areas of expertise include the management of information services, in particular the management and development of public libraries, and the management of staff within libraries/information services.
She has also been involved in a range of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) activities, including serving on the Steering Group of the Framework for Qualifications which was introduced in the UK in 2002.
26 February 2013
A paper by Dr Janet Toland and Professor Pak Yoong focused on the potential contribution that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can make to the development of learning regions has won an award for best article in the Australasian Journal of Regional Studies.
The John Dickinson Memorial Award was presented by Professor Paul Dalziel on Wednesday 20 February at a celebration hosted by the School of Information Management. Professor Dalziel is President of the Australia and New Zealand Regional Science Association International (ANZRSAI) and Deputy Director of the Agribusiness and Economics Research Unit (AERU) at Lincoln University.
The article, entitled ‘The Development of Learning Regions in New Zealand: The "6-I" Framework’, was based on Dr Toland’s 2010 PhD thesis supervised by Professor Yoong. They both lecture at the School of Information Management.
The "6-I" framework was developed to evaluate regional development using the concept of a “learning region”, which is a region that is regarded as being innovative and economically successful, with six key factors identified that could be used to measure its development.
Governments are increasingly making major investments in ICTs such as ultra-fast broadband in the belief that they will facilitate regional development, but little work has been done to assess the contribution of ICTs within a regional setting.
This article used the "6-I" framework to assess regional development in Southland and Wellington over the 20-year period from 1985 to 2005, looking at the potential contribution that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can make to the development of learning regions.
30 January 2013
Kathryn Oxborrow has been appointed as the Senior Tutor for the MIS programme. The role provides administrative, tutorial and teaching support for the post-experience Information Studies programmes and has a specific responsibility for on-campus students and for distance students in the South Island and the lower half of the North Island.
Kathryn graduated with an MA (Distinction) in Librarianship from the University of Sheffield (UK) in 2009. She also holds a BA (Hons) in Linguistics and Communication Studies from the University of Reading (UK). She achieved CILIP Chartership in 2012. Kathryn moved to New Zealand from the UK in 2010 and has held posts at the National Library of New Zealand and Hutt City Libraries. Before this, she worked at the UK Department of Health’s library, and prior to her postgraduate study, at the University of Reading Library. Kathryn is passionate about the information professions, and proactively participates in promoting professional development. She is actively involved with LIANZA and held the office of Chair of the Te Upoko o te Ika a Maui (Wellington) region for two years. She is very excited about working in the University environment again and is looking forward to having the chance to using her skills in a new way as Senior Tutor.
30 January 2013
Shannon Wellington has recently been appointed as a Lecturer for the Information Studies Programmes. Shannon will develop and deliver courses in the area of Cultural Heritage Information Management. In 2013 Shannon will be the course coordinator for:
- INFO540 Preservation Management in Libraries and Archives
- INFO534 Archival Systems
For the last seven years Shannon has held positions in an academic environment, as a Senior Tutor for the Information Studies Programmes (VUW), as a Lecturer in Information and Library Studies (Open Polytechnic) and as a Teaching Associate for the Museum and Heritage Studies programme (VUW). In the ten years prior to academia she held positions in the information technology and the academic library sectors. In recent years she has also engaged in consultancy work with institutions looking to build collaborative or convergent frameworks for the delivery of their cultural heritage resources.
Shannon completed her Master of Library and Information Studies through VUW in 1999 and is currently finalizing her doctoral research for submission through the Department of Museum and Heritage Studies (VUW). This research investigates models of integrative practice such as co-operation, co-location, collaboration and convergence between public sector galleries, libraries, archives and museums (GLAMs). In addition to her work in the GLAM integrative domain, Shannon engages in research in the field of Open and Distance Learning (ODL). Key areas of interest include the development of ratio models for blended learning and the implementation and use of educational technologies which support student engagement in an ODL framework.
22 January 2013
On 7 December, three members of the SIM community received awards at the Postgraduate Students Association’s Victorias Awards dinner. Dr Gillian Oliver received an award for being the most inspiring lecturer in the Victoria Business School, while Dr Mary Tate was the most supportive supervisor. We are also proud of PhD student Marta Vos, who received a Research Excellence award for her doctoral work. Congratulations, Gillian, Mary, and Marta!
10 January 2013
INFO 301 students competing in the annual ISACA awards had to focus this year on a real business case, NZ Post’s declining mail volumes, which threatens their core business.
ISACA’s Wellington Chapter has supported the School of Information Management with a top student award for a number of years, and this year worked closely with ISACA to develop a governance module for INFO 301. ISACA is a worldwide association of IS professionals dedicated to the audit, control, and security of information systems
Vaughan Harrison, President of the Wellington Chapter of ISACA, presented top INFO 301 student Matt Kennedy with a $700 award for his project proposing the sale of predictive analytics to provide selected clients in each sector with a range of intelligence based on data analysis.
Fellow students Cam Rose and Michael Allerby also received prizes for best individual research reports.