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Volume 28, Issue 1, 2016
Author Philip MachanickSource: South African Computer Journal 28, pp vii –viii (2016)More Less
As of 2016, SACJ has been added to the Scopus index, making papers easier to find, in line with out policy to raise our profile and to make SACJ papers easily findable. Previous steps include adding DOIs to our papers and being listed in Directory of Open Access Journals; papers in general are easy to find through search engines because of our open access policy. We will continue to do what we can to raise the profile of SACJ; if authors submit interesting work that attracts the notice of others (as measured by citations), that is the best way to grow our profile. We rely on voluntary work by our editors and reviewers to maintain the quality that makes SACJ the publication of choice for South African computer science and information systems work particularly that which has a local flavour, and we strongly encourage authors from the rest of Africa to submit to us as well.
Author Elmarie KritzingerSource: South African Computer Journal 28, pp 1 –17 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.18489/sacj.v28i1.369More Less
The rate of technological development across the globe is dramatic. The decreasing cost and increasing availability of ICT devices means that its users are no longer exclusively industry or government employees-they are now also home users. Home users integrate ICT in their daily lives for education, socialising and information gathering. However, using ICT is associated with risks and threats, such as identity theft and phishing scams. Most home users of ICT do not have the necessary information technology and Internet skills to protect themselves and their information. School learners, in particular, are not sufficiently educated on how to use technological devices safely, especially in developing countries such as South Africa. The national school curriculum in South Africa currently does not make provision for cyber-safety education, and the availability of supporting material and training for ICT teachers in South Africa is limited, resulting in a lack of knowledge and skills regarding cyber-safety. The research in hand focuses on the situation concerning cyber-safety awareness in schools and has adopted a short-term approach towards cyber-safety among teachers and school learners in South Africa until a formal long-term national approach has been implemented. This study takes a quantitative approach to investigating the current options of teachers to enhance cyber-safety among learners in their schools. The research proposes that short-term initiatives (e.g. posters) can increase learnersâ?? awareness of cyber-safety until formal cyber-safety awareness methods have been introduced.
Events that lead university students to change their major to Information Systems : a retroductive South African case : researchSource: South African Computer Journal 28, pp 18 –43 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.18489/sacj.v28i1.367More Less
Shortage of computing skills is a global concern as it affects national development and business success. Yet, despite high job availability and high salaries in computing professions, insufficient numbers of students are choosing to study the various computing disciplines. This South African study looks at the Information Systems (IS) major which is misunderstood by high school students. This retroductive case study identifies the events which lead students to change their major to IS. The study confirms the importance of interest in a major as well as the perceived high value of a major, which feature as dominant factors in the literature. Yet these are not the initial events that lead to students changing their major to IS. Events that initiate the process include losing passion for a previous major, experiencing difficulty in a previous major as well as enjoying the introductory IS course. The paper has practical advice for IS Departments and argues for a generic first year for students as well as a focus on enjoyment and skills aligned to IS professional practice in introductory IS courses. These findings can be generalised to other majors and, hence, the theoretical contribution adds to the literature on career choice in general.
Source: South African Computer Journal 28, pp 44 –58 (2016) http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.18489/sacj.v28i1.394More Less
'Publish or perish' has been advocated amongst the academic fraternity for decades. As early as 1942, the term has been linked to academic and research contexts (Garfield, 1996). For the last decade, the term has regularly been associated with the pressures in academia to establish, maintain and enhance the career of an academic (Fanelli, 2010; Neill, 2008; Gad-el-Hak, 2004). Publishing research outputs is currently still one of the premier outlets to demonstrate academic success, both to the researchers and sponsoring institutions involved. Thus, it is non-debatable that modern academics are still pressurised to regularly publish their research outputs - otherwise their careers might suffer as a result. Although some academic debates strongly question this drive towards 'publish or perish',this paper does not venture into this topic, but focuses on the publishing of research outputs.