C-Level View
Strategic Discussions on Technology 5/14/2018

Executive View

  • An Agile Team for Teaching Agile Development

    Agile development has been established as a useful and productive methodology in professional IT circles. Is it important for agile development concepts to be included in college-level computer information systems curricula? CT taps Bentley University for insight.


Worth Noting

  • Partnership Brings Robots to Community College and Local Businesses

    Central New Mexico Community College has partnered with a local startup to help bring collaborative robots, or cobots, to businesses in the area. Cobots are designed to work with human beings on a range of repetitive or dangerous tasks, such as screw driving, painting or manufacturing tasks. The devices are also designed to be relatively inexpensive and to be repurposed from one task to another without complicated coding.

  • U Arkansas Network Upgrade to Support IoT and More

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is upgrading its network in an effort to better serve students and employees, streamline the network infrastructure and support emerging technologies like the Internet of Things. The university decided to deploy approximately 3,200 Aruba gigabit WiFi access points and Aruba 303H access points, which are designed specifically for housing and hospitality environments; Aruba access and core switches; network management solutions AirWave and I.M.C.; and ClearPass for additional security.

  • Universities in Pittsburgh and Paris to Host New AI R&D Centers

    Two institutions, one in the United States and the other in France, have announced partnerships with industry to accelerate their research and development work in the area of artificial intelligence. Carnegie Mellon University has teamed up with Sony Corporation of America to collaborate on AI and robotics in the areas of cooking and delivery, and the École Polytechnique in Paris is working with Google France to fund a new academic and research chair in AI. The goal of that position is to attract AI talent to the institution and begin programs of training for students in the field.

  • Carnegie Mellon's Bento Browser Organizes Complex Mobile Searches

    A new mobile browser developed at Carnegie Mellon University offers a better search experience for people doing complex searches across multiple websites. The app offers the promise of replacing the overwhelming tab management required by iPhone's default Safari browser. The Bento browser, as it's called, compartmentalizes search sessions into a project workspace structure.

  • 'Practitioner Packet' Offers Maps for CC Pathways

    As of this spring, about 250 community colleges around the country have joined the movement to develop "guided pathways" as part of accelerating student success. Now, those schools and others have a new set of openly available resources from the Community College Research Center to get a broader view of approaches, what's succeeding and how to measure the effectiveness of their efforts.

  • Community Colleges Prioritizing Mobile Device Support

    The top technology-related priority for community colleges in the coming year is mobile device and app support, according to a survey from the Center for Digital Education. About a third of those institutions have a strategy in place for use of mobile devices, and more than half are piloting the use of devices in the classroom but lack a formal strategy for doing so.

  • Free Digital Badge Toolkit Helps Students Show Off Their 21st Century Skills

    A nonprofit that tests out new models of education and credentials has launched a free digital badge toolkit. The goal: to help schools outfit students with the skills employers are seeking. Education Design Lab's 21st century skills badge program covers eight microcredentials as well as facilitation tools. The badges are intended to be used on students' LinkedIn accounts, resumes and e-portfolios.

  • Penn State Teams Turn to AI for Solving Student Problems

    A student team at Penn State University has created Aspire, an application to help students map out their college careers by offering A.I.-generated recommendations on experiences and skills needed for their dream jobs after graduation. Another team is using machine learning to scale up competency-based learning by integrating human and algorithmic grading for instant student feedback. These are two of the five prototypes students, faculty and staff at the university are working on as part of this year's Nittany A.I. Challenge. The artificial intelligence challenge is overseen by Penn State's EdTech Network, which builds relationships between the campus and industry.


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