The Impact of Completing the Online Information Technologies Certificate Program on Graduates


YÜKSELTÜRK E.

EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE, vol.37, no.164, pp.137-146, 2012 (Journal Indexed in SSCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 37 Issue: 164
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Title of Journal : EGITIM VE BILIM-EDUCATION AND SCIENCE
  • Page Numbers: pp.137-146

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to investigate graduates' perceptions about the impact of completing the online Information Technologies Certificate Program (ITCP) on their job, career development and personal plans. The program includes eight courses and lasts in nine months. The sample of the study consisted of 70 participants who graduated from the program in 2005 or later. The data were collected through two online questionnaires. The first one consisted of 19 ten point-Likert type scale items and the second one included eight open-ended items. The results of the study indicated that the major impact of program completion were the increase in graduates' personal confidence, job autonomy, credibility and respect from coworkers. In their personal plans, they were eager to continue to improve themselves in the field of information technology while monitoring technological developments.