Journal of Information Systems Education (JISE)

Volume 21

Volume 21 Number 2, Pages 141-148

Summer 2010


Teaching Tip
Accelerating Student Learning of Technology Terms: The Crossword Puzzle Exercise


Thomas G. Whisenand
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA 17257, USA

Steven M. Dunphy
Indiana University Northwest
Gary, IN 46408, USA

Abstract: The authors suggest using an alternative teaching methodology to impart knowledge regarding information systems phraseology and vocabulary. Specifically, a series of crossword puzzles or scrabbles are used to present information system (IS) terminology to students in an introductory business information systems course. The puzzle terms and answers are selected from a computer concepts textbook used by all students. The terms or phrases used are representative of those the students will need in later IS courses and IS related careers. Reported classroom results are given using statistical testing and qualitative feedback indicating that the exercises were both well received and effective as a conduit for learning.

Keywords: Crossword puzzles, Interactive learning, Technology terms

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Recommended Citation: Whisenand, T. G. & Dunphy, S. M. (2010). Teaching Tip: Accelerating Student Learning of Technology Terms: The Crossword Puzzle Exercise. Journal of Information Systems Education, 21(2), pp. 141-148.