Applying Emerging Big Data, Analytics, Infrastructure Curriculum to the Classroom

Applying Emerging Big Data, Analytics, Infrastructure Curriculum to the Classroom

As many of you remember, at New Directions in IT Education Faculty (NDiIT) Conference in May 2018 we had a full half day dedicated to data. Our Keynote Speaker, James Harroun, SAS, gave a fascinating view into data visualization and exploration which was followed by a panel discussion with experts from Willis Towers Watson and  One 10 Marketing and Brick, Inc  joining in the conversation. The Data Analytics and Science panel discussion concluded Keynote Speaker, Joseph Indelicato, of SAS, educated us on emerging trends in the  world of Artificial Intelligence.


Based on your informative feedback about the event and training opportunities you all said you would be interested in seeing,  we are pleased to announce that the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence will be offering Faculty members, two FREE workshop the Fall Semester:



Colloquium on Analytics, Data Science, and Computing (CADSCOM)  

In cooperation with over 10 Minnesota State Faculty members, led by Firasat Khan (Metro State University) and Rajeev Bukralia (MN State U, Mankato) we are pleased to announce the 1st Annual Data Research Colloquium. The 2018 event will feature prominent keynotes, an industry-faculty panel on computing and peer-reviewed paper presentations!


CADSCOM program was one of several  project proposal submitted by faculty at this year’s NDiIT Conference. The program was selected and is fully funded by the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence.


This program offers Faculty a great opportunity to be part of the growing development of information technology curriculum taking place in Minnesota around data. The Center invites you to not only attend and hear about the exciting work many of your colleagues are involved in but also to present your own research to be as part of the Colloquium Agenda!


  • For Paper Abstracts, which is open until September 15th, and  Paper Submission Instructions and Guidelines, click here!

  • To register for this event, click here!



The Colloquium covers research topical areas of:  Big Data Applications, Business Management and Strategy Applying Analytics, Emerging Tech, Data Analytics, Data Ethics, Data Infrastructure and Computing, Data Management, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence, and Security.


Faculty, Students, and Computing Professionals are invited to attend either or both days:


  • Friday, 10/26: Industry Panel and Networking Event with Dinner (5 to 8 PM)

  • Saturday, 10/27: Research Keynotes and Paper Presentations (8:30 to 4:30 PM)



May I attend if I am not a researcher?

Yes. You may attend if you are engaged or interested in learning more about analytics, data science and computing disciplines as an educator, student, or practitioner in any of the Colloquium areas.


Is the event open to the public?

No. All educators, post-secondary students, and professionals working in Colloquium disciplines above are welcome to register even if you are not presenting a paper. If you do not fit into the above category, we are unable to accommodate you and reserve the right to cancel your registration since we have limited sponsorship keeping this event free to attendees. Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?


May I transfer my ticket if I cannot attend?

No. Please cancel your ticket by logging into EventBrite if you are not able to attend one or both sessions you have registered for to ensure others have an opportunity to attend. With limited funds to cover our costs we'd greatly appreciate this.



SAS Programming I for Professors

In November, the Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence will be hosting another SAS Faculty Development Workshop. This year we are going  look at the different data programming software out there and how they work together or work differently to deliver results.


SAS Programming I, is a two (2) day workshop for Minnesota State Faculty members to gain hands-on experience with SAS programming. We will have SAS Trainers;  James Harroun and Lincoln Groves will join us on Friday, November 9th and Saturday, November 10th. Participants  will learn more about SAS Programming as well as gain a better understanding of how to prepare students to train and successful pass BASE SAS Programming Certifications.


Other Data programming products will also be discussed as we look at a wide range of data analytic tools that can be taught at the college level and included in a number of your current courses.


This workshop is capped at 25 faculty members, so don’t delay in Registering!


Dates: November 9 – 10, 2018

Location: MN State IT Center of Excellence, 1380 Energy Lane, Suite 104, St. Paul, MN 55108

Registration: Click Here!


Hotel accommodations will be secured for participating faculty from over 50 miles away at the Como Park Best Western Hotel on Energy Lane. Reservations will be secured by MN State IT Center of Excellence for you!

Come and learn and grow as we explore more options for SAS use within the SAS program as well as other analytic tools.



For any inquiries regarding the programs and workshops mentioned in this article, please contact, Janice Aanenson at or call (612) 659-7221.



Formerly known as Advance IT Minnesota, the MN State – IT Center of Excellence engages employers, educators, technology professionals and learners to develop a more robust IT workforce in Minnesota. A Center of Excellence within the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State (formerly MnSCU), it is located at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul Midway campus. For more information, visit the IT Center of Excellence.