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Speaker Presention by Adam Porter of the University of Maryland | December 17, 2013 | Federal Cloud Computing Summit


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Adam Porter, Professor in the Deptartment of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, spoke at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit on Dec. 17, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, …

Adam Porter, Professor in the Deptartment of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, spoke at the Federal Cloud Computing Summit on Dec. 17, 2013 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.

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  • Hi, I’m Adam PorterToday, I’d like to do three things.I’ll talk briefly mention what mobile cloud computing is.I’ll talk about some big changes that are happening in training and educationAnd I say a few words about these trends are further influenced by mobile cloud computing and what that may mean for organizations that provide or consume learning and development services
  • Nowadays, mobile devices are the way that most people access computing
  • There’s a rich variety of smart phone and tablet devices out there and it’s no wonder why they’re popular. They have many great properties:
  • They’re lightweight. You can carry them around in a briefcase, purse, or pocketThey’re sensor-enabled, so they know where you are, where they’re pointed, how they’re being moved, and applications can change their behavior based on this informationAnd they use wireless and cellular networks to stay connected to the Internet almost everywhere they go.On the downside, however, they’re not as resource-rich as traditional computers – they are less powerful, have less memory and have limited battery power.
  • So mobile cloud computing is a way to get the best of both worlds.
  • With mobile cloud computing, lightweight, context-aware devices, become extensions of powerful remote computing services, by interacting with them over wireless networks.
  • At the same time that mobile cloud computing is starting to mature, there are other trends that are reshaping the education and training landscape as well.
  • Now one term you may have heard or read about recently is the word MOOC.MOOC which stands for Massive, Online, Open Courses
  • In implementation terms, MOOCs are cloud-based, Interactive Learning SystemsA typical course has a bunch of videotaped lectures and tutorials, each broken into 5-10 minute segmentsAfter each segment, there are often questions for the students to answerAnd each lesson, can have some activities to do, including online quizzes and hands-on assignments, that are graded with a mix of automated and manual means.
  • For example, In January, I will be teaching a MOOC course called Programming Mobile Applications for Android Handheld Systems on the Coursera platformRight now, the course has around 75K students signed. I expect that we’ll have over 100K by the time the course starts.This course will actually be taught as part of a 3-course sequence with 2 other professors from Vanderbilt Univ, so it’s a first step towards an “a la carte” style of education in which courses cross institutional boundaries, and students pick and choose from a wide variety of courses, offered by a wide variety of instructors
  • To give another example, the Code Academy’s week of code program provided tutorials on programming to over 15Million students, who took them, writing over 500 Billion lines of code.
  • So education and training is changingLearning market is expanding and people are students and need to learn throughout their lifetimesIn addition, the distinction between teach and student is blurringWhat you know` as long as you can prove that you know it, is becoming relativelymore important thanwhere you learned it. There’ s going to be a lot more emphasis on students creating portfolios to showcase what they’ve learned.
  • Content is still king, but basicinformation delivery is increasingly becoming a commodity.In my opinion, the real value-added differentiator will be in human, hard to outsource areas, such as hands-on activities, access to cutting edge facilities & projects, collaborations, and face-to-face networking.Overall, market power is shifting from institutions to instructors and students. There’s more choice. There are more options for students, so competition among providers will increase.
  • Now when you bring mobile cloud and education together, there are several additional trends that will further reshape the landscape as well.
  • Increasingly, education will be delivered on mobile devicesLearning providers will begin to exploit mobility & context to teach in new ways, at new timesThere will be more opportunistic education, done out in the real world, rather than in a traditional classroom, in which students interact with real things.
  • Mobile devices will also redefine who the learner is. Traditionally employee’s and students are the learners, but now so are our bosses, our and potential customers or clients, and even the general public.Going forward, more mobile education will be backed by powerful cloud services, so the educational experience can leverage complex computations, interact with simulators, support data analytics, and more.To finish up, let me give you a quick example of some interesting mobile education prototype systems.
  • This is a screen shot of the MARS Superintendent, by PAR Works, a company co-founded by Jules While of Vanderbilt UniversityThis products allows you to tag physical objects, for example, on a Factory floor, with structured information. Users point their device at an object and can then see relevant information superimposed over the object.
  • For example, you can attach safety training information related to a particular piece of equipment.
  • So thanks and I’ll turn over the mic to the next speaker.
  • Transcript

    • 1. Mobile Cloud is Changing Adam Porter Training & UMD Education
    • 2. Mobile Cloud Computing
    • 3. Trends in Education
    • 4. assive pen nline ourses M C O
    • 5. Highly scalable, cloud-based, interactive learning systems Video lectures / tutorials In-video questions Online quizzes Hands-on assignments
    • 6. course/android 70K+ students from all over the world Part of a multi-course sequence taught with Vanderbilt University
    • 7. 15M+ students Wrote 500B LOC
    • 8. Learning never sleeps Everyone will be a teacher and a student What you know and can show, more important than where you learned it
    • 9. Content is still king, but lessons are becoming commoditized Hands-on experiences are the real added value It’s a buyer’s market
    • 10. Mobile Cloud + Education
    • 11. Bring Your Own Device (to class) Providers will exploit mobility & context awareness Just in time learning, outside the classroom Leverage sensors to interact with real world
    • 12. Everyone’s a learner More cloud-supported learning applications Leverage complex computations, interact with simulators, data analytics, etc.
    • 13. MARS Superintendent by PAR
    • 14. For more information, contact aporter@cs.umd.ed u