Are you looking for an opportunity to interact with your peers and influence equity in I.T. education, transferability between colleges and universities’ programs, and discipline excellence?
Welcome to the 2016 New Directions Faculty/Industry Conference, Thu/Fri, May 19-20
Center for Liberal Arts, North Hennepin Community College
7411 85th Avenue North Brooklyn Park, MN 55445
Advance IT Minnesota invites industry professionals and MnSCU faculty members and academic leaders to convene and explore emerging employer needs, identify specific implications for student learning outcomes, and map out actions that individual faculty and departments can implement, and identify comprehensive innovations to be developed collaboratively.
The following three themes have been identified for the 2nd Annual New Directions in IT Education Conference:
A. Equity in IT Education
Improving equity and student success in career pathways is critically important to address the need to grow IT talent in Minnesota. The Conference will engage community and industry leaders to work on enhancing equitable access to and advancing success in IT pathways for underserved populations, especially non-traditional learners and women. Post-conference, Advance IT Minnesota will solicit and sponsor one or more collaborative projects in this space.
Participants will consider challenges to transferability between various IT and computing programs to explore and develop pathways from Associate to Bachelor’s degree programs across disciplines. These include application and web development (in support of the FUSION initiative), expansion of FUSION to other potential pathways like other CS programs and cybersecurity. Post-conference, Advance IT Minnesota will solicit and select one or more collaborative projects in this space.
C. Discipline Excellence – Impact of IoT
To seek further alignment with workforce needs, to advance success through industry collaboration, and to enhance faculty professional development and disciplinary collaboration, the Conference will engage faculty and industry leaders in a meaningful discussion to address emerging academic impact of the Internet of Things (IoT). Post-conference, Advance IT Minnesota will solicit and sponsor a more collaborative project in this space.
The 2016 New Directions Planning committee members look forward to your participation
Charles Betz (University of St. Thomas), Lee Cornell (Minnesota State University Mankato), Cynthia Drahos (Normandale Community College), David Jacobson (Metropolitan State University), Faisal Kaleem (Metropolitan State University), Firasat Khan (Conference Chair, Advance IT Minnesota and Metropolitan State University), Jack Pope (North Hennepin Community College), and Ted Volk (North Hennepin Community College).