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Vainionpää, Fanny; Iivari, Netta; Kinnula, Marianne; and Hartikainen, Heidi, "Aiming for Resemiotisation – Meanings Making and Co-Creation of Value Around an IT Course" (2020). ICIS 2020 Proceedings. 4.

Aiming for resemiotisation – meanings making and co-creation of value around an IT course

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Author: Vainionpää, Fanny1; Iivari, Netta1; Kinnula, Marianne1;
Organizations: 1University of Oulu Oulu, Finland
2University of Central Florida Orlando, Florida, United States
Format: article
Version: published version
Access: open
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Language: English
Published: Association for Information Systems (AIS), 2020
Publish Date: 2021-01-28


Information Systems (IS) among other Information Technology (IT) disciplines has been concerned with student recruitment, while high school students have little knowledge of what the field can offer. We piloted an IS oriented entrepreneurship course in a Finnish high school, with 24 students and their teacher. The purpose was to examine how we can change the students’ understanding of the IT field. The course consisted of information about the IT field and tasks that helped students develop a business idea and plan. During the course, we gathered data through observation, questionnaires and essays, and teacher interviews. We show what kind of value was created to the stakeholders and an example of resemiotisation of the image of IT, as students drew on their everyday experiences when making sense of the course and the IT field. Moreover, we present a concept of a university-high school collaboration course.

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ISBN Print: 978-1-7336325-5-3
Article number: 1318
Host publication: ICIS 2020 Proceedings
Conference: International Conference on Information Systems
Type of Publication: A4 Article in conference proceedings
Field of Science: 113 Computer and information sciences
Copyright information: © Association for Information Systems (AIS) 2020.