Internet information retrieval for enabling student projects

Nader Mohamed, Jameela Al-Jaroodi, Imad Jawhar

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    Project-based learning (PBL) is becoming an integral part of many information technology (IT) courses. Students are guided through individual or group projects to learn and apply many of the IT concepts they learn in a course. However, a significant percentage of IT projects depend on the existence of large sets of information or live data. Therefore, it becomes difficult to complete and properly test many of the implemented projects. Some examples of such projects are financial data mining, information notification systems, weather monitoring systems, and decision support systems. While the needed information for the student projects is usually available over the Internet, there is no easy way to retrieve and reuse the required information. In this paper, we propose, describe, and discuss a tool called InetRetriever. This tool can be easily used by students to retrieve in real-time any required real information from the Internet. The students can use this tool to implement, execute, and test their projects with real life data. This tool was tested in different information technology courses to enable effective and realistic project-based learning. Using this tool we observed increased student interest in the project development and higher levels of interactions and learning.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationITNG 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Technology
    Subtitle of host publicationNew Generations
    Number of pages6
    Publication statusPublished - 2009
    Event6th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, ITNG 2009 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
    Duration: Apr 27 2009Apr 29 2009

    Publication series

    NameITNG 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations


    Other6th International Conference on Information Technology: New Generations, ITNG 2009
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityLas Vegas, NV


    • Educational tools
    • Information retrieval
    • Internet
    • Project-based learning

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Computer Science Applications
    • Information Systems


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