"The average American writes at the 6th grade level," Schneider pointed out. Being an English major herself, Professor Jill Schneider strongly believes in the importance of writing in all of her classes. She received her undergraduate degree in English for Information Systems and her master's degree in Information Systems both from Dakota State University. Schneider is currently working on her PhD in Information Systems from North Central University.
Schneider teaches a variety of computer classes including: Systems, Analysis and Design, Management Information Systems, and CSC 206 (Word and Excel). Her graduate level course, CIS 612, is all research and writing. To succeed in class, Schneider wants all students to know how to research, comprehend, and site sources. Just copying and pasting an article from the Internet will not get by with her. When it comes to writing and research, Schneider states that, "Practice makes perfect."
The ISSA Journal, IT Today, and the ACFE Journal are publications that Schneider recommends for any computer major. Newsweek is also helpful to read to help keep up to date with current events. They all contain scholarly articles to help students with research papers. All of the library databases and the DSU library page in general are beneficial for students to use.
It can be confusing for computer majors to communicate with the general public. The so-called 'Geek Language' can be broken into terms that are easy for anybody to understand. Using acronyms is sure is get a person confused. Not everybody knows what TDM or SMTP stand for. Please check out http://www.acronymfinder.com for help on any confusing acronyms.
If you need to get in touch with Professor Schneider, you can call her in the office or at home (between the hours of 7a.m. and 9 p.m.) or via e-mail.