E-Commerce Technologies and Information Systems Curricula

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Published in the Journal of Information Systems Education, volume 11 issue 1-2, 2000. Bryant users may access this article here.


World Wide Web; Information Systems; Client/Server; Skill; Curricula


Education Special Interest Group of the Association of Information Technology Professionals


The World Wide Web (WWW), as the platfonn for E-Commerce, is the breeding ground for innovative applications. It is also providing the impetus for development of newer building blocks of infonnation systems (IS) platfonns. Today, novel applications such as push-type delivery of infonnation, television style channels, multimedia mail attachments, desktop video- conferencing, and other examples of electronic commerce exist on the web. None of these was in wide use even as late as 1996. How are these technologies different from host-based and client/server technologies? What is the impact, if any, of these technologies on the skills set that IS majors need to have? This paper attempts an answer to the above questions by adopting an adult learning framework. Using the framework, we trace the impact of technology changes on skill requirements and the curricula. An appreciation of the fundamental differences that separate host-based, client/server and web-based platforms and E- Commerce applications can help in understanding this impact.