A final note

Years ago one could never imagine that active learning could take place straight from your home desk.  IT in education has, and still is rapidly developing and expanding, revealing itself through new learning programs, apps, YouTube, user interfaces and smartphones.

The importance of information systems is undoubtedly noticeable and has contributed so much to individuals, businesses and societies. Thus the awareness of information systems is vital.

With the availability of so many platforms there should be no excuse as to why lecturers, students, teachers and institutions themselves should be not using these advances in technology to their advantage. The reasons as to why everyone should be aware or have some knowledge about information systems are staring us all in the face every single day. We just have to take a very good look around.

Author – Nyles Jacobs

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The significance of Information Systems

The significance of knowing about information systems is to acquire more knowledge and skills of managing, recording and backing up information. Information systems help everyone in general to keep a record of their work and personal information, which is kept or backed up using electronic devices and/or documents which will help it to be easily accessible both internally and externally and it also helps in decision making.

Main typical components that make up information systems are: hardware which is made up of machinery and support equipment (input and output devices, storage and communication devices); software made up of sets of information processing instructions (programs and procedures); data are raw facts or observations. It also has networks which are communication channels that allow sharing/transferring of resources and information; people are end users that operate all information systems. With the use of these components in education, students get to enhance their understanding of technology and be more advanced in virtual learning interactions. Being able to use information, for studying, examination purposes and in their careers, making it more valuable.

Technology uses relating to information systems serves as distribution of information. For students, it enables self-service to perform administrative functions and tasks; integration of data sources; support new learning, teaching opportunities and technologies; supports open interfaces and integration with other database systems; enables ongoing, flexible reconfiguration of applications; and includes implementation and support services. Information systems improve our way of analyzing data and processing it, it basically advances our information technology knowledge and skills. It’s relevant to know more about it as it makes life much easier.

Author – Victoria Chauke

References:

1.https://eternalsunshineoftheismind.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/what-makes-up-an-information-system/comment-page-1/

2.http://www.techlearning.com/student-information-systems

Welcome note

The biggest factor that has contributed to the success of internationally recognized businesses lie behind their information system. Administration information systems, Finance information system, operational Information systems and so forth. Just as important it is for businesses, it’s been a critical element in education and the development thereof.

An example of a major information system in education is the Education Management Information System (EMIS) which was specifically designed to manage information about students, educational institutions, academic records, and other information relevant and regarding education. It was also mainly created to monitor performance of education, distribution and allocation of educational resources and services.

In addition to this, educational information systems and its rapid development has lead to the birth of ‘apps’ explicitly for educational purposes, e-learning, and other user interfaces in education. Many education institutions have developed to such an extent where tablets and smartphones is the basic material required for learning.

Author – Nyles Jacobs