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GSCIS Alumnus Publishes Book on IT Certification’s Impact on Student Engagement

David Andersson, Ed.S., a 2004 graduate of the computing technology in education program at NSU’s Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, has authored a book entitled, “Information Technology Certification’s Impact on Student Engagement,” published by VDM Publishing, this past May.

The book discusses how in IT programs, voluntary professional certifications, are used as indicators of professional skill.

An investigation of undergraduate CIS/IT student perceptions of IT industry certified instructors at regionally accredited private and public institutions indicates that the presence or absence of IT certification credentials for instructors affected student perceptions of instructor effectiveness, teaching methodology, student engagement in the class, and to a lesser degree, instructor technical qualifications. It was found that undergraduate CIS/IT students are very aware of their instructor’s professional credentials and may be more motivated and engaged when attending classes taught by instructors they view as more competent and effective.

Andersson’s book is based on research begun while a student within the computing technology in education degree program. He currently serves as a consultant for e-commerce and business IT security for public and private organizations and as an Associate Professor of Computer and Information Sciences.