A boot camp educational learning approach, in which people learn IT skills in a short timeframe, has some merit but isn't the best approach for building a strong IT skill set, says Tim Bell, deputy head of the computer science and software engineering department at Canterbury University in New Zealand. "I think the boot camps would work for some combinations of people and jobs, but in general the idea of an education isn't to teach a few skills that are badly needed, but to give a broad experience in a range of areas so the graduates know what they don't know and know how to learn on the job," Bell said.

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