Publication Details

A. J. Koppi, F. Naghdy, J. F. Chicharo, J. Sheard, S. Edwards & D. Wilson, "The crisis in ICT education: an academic perspective," in Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education, 2008, pp. 505-508.


A national Discipline-Based Initiative project for ICT, funded by the ALTC, has sought to identify the issues and challenges facing the sector. The crisis in ICT education spans high schools, universities and industry. The demand for skilled ICT graduates is increasing yet enrolments are declining. Several factors contribute to this decline including the perceived quality of teaching and a poor perception of the ICT profession amongst the general public. This paper reports on a consultation process with the academic community. Academic concerns include the capacity of the sector to survive the downturn, and improving relationships with industry which should benefit students, academics and industry. An outcome of the consultation process has been the formation of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT (ACDICT) which will have broad responsibility for addressing the issues affecting ICT higher education.