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Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
Introductory Talk at COSTAATT
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Introductory Talk at COSTAATT

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my introductory talk with the faculty at COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad & Tobago)

my introductory talk with the faculty at COSTAATT (College of Science, Technology, and Applied Arts of Trinidad & Tobago)

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    • 1. RIT’s Vision of Information Technology Prof. Jeff Sonstein Department of Information Technology Rochester Institute of Technology jxsast@rit.edu http://www.it.rit.edu/~jxs/ Center for the Handheld Web http://chw.rit.edu/blog/ Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/BPWG/Group/
    • 2. My Background • began teaching at RIT in 2000 • established one of the first 2500 Web sites in the world in1994 • worked in industry & research on the US West Coast since 1971 Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 3. My Background (cont) • currently RIT’s representative to the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Advisory Committee • active contributing member of the W3C Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group • founding Director of the Center for the Handheld Web Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 4. Some IT Dept. History • late 1980’s: discussions begin in CS Dept. • 1992: BS-IT degree begins, Dept formed • 2003: ACM SIG-IT formed • 2005: 1st programs ABET accredited Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 5. Some School of Informatics History • 2006: Networking, Security, & Systems Administration (NSSA) grows large enough to become its own Dept • 2008: Game Design & Development (GD&D) grows large enough to become its own Dept • 2009: School of Informatics formed from IT, GD&D, and NSSA Departments Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 6. What We Mean by IT • We approach technology from the user’s point of view, not the computer’s • We think of the computer as a tool, rather than as an end in itself • We care more about how people use computers, than about how they work “under the hood” Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 7. Core Competencies • We have seen the emergence of a consensus on a set of core competencies which every IT professional must possess • These core competencies provide a foundation upon which students build greater depth in selected specialty areas • We call these 5 core competencies the “Pillars of IT” Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 8. 5 Pillars of IT • Programming & application development • Web & interactive media • Database management systems & enterprise application development • Networking, systems administration, & security • User-centered design & deployment Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 9. IT Specialists & Generalists • Some students choose to build on the 5 Pillars of IT by specializing in one or two areas • Many students choose a broader path to prepare for “general practitioner” careers • Neither approach is right or wrong for everyone; we do not see a “one size fits all” solution or pathway Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 10. 1st Year Entrance Requirements • High School graduation, with: ‣ at least elementary algebra & geometry ‣ solid English writing & verbal communications skills ‣ basic “computer literacy” Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 11. Transfer Student Requirements • 1 or more years at an accredited institution of higher learning, with: ‣ minimum 2.7 GPA in a computer-related curriculum ‣ successful completion of a strong 2- course programming sequence Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 12. Discussion: Pillars of IT A little more detail about what we focus on in each of the 5 “Pillars of IT” areas is probably appropriate here, for the titles we use are a form of “shorthand”. In addition, each of the “Pillars” forms the core of either one of our IT Dept concentrations or a School of Informatics degree program. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 13. Reminder: The 5 Pillars of IT • Programming & application development • Web & interactive media • Database management systems & enterprise application development • Networking, systems administration, & security • User-centered design & deployment Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 14. Pillar I: Programming & App Development We do not teach programming as “an end in itself”, we teach programming as a way of thinking about and solving problems in the “real world” for “real users”. We require every student to take a year-long programming sequence, using Java so we can start them out with object-oriented thinking. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 15. Pillar II: Web & Interactive Media Dev We see basic Web page and site design & implementation as a tool every Information Technologist should have in their “box of tricks”. Documentation, training, online help systems and the like need to be created in a Web context by all professional-level Information Technologists. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 16. Pillar II (cont): Web & Interactive Media Dev In addition to reaching end-users with information and services, the Web forms the backbone of modern business transactions through the use of HTTP/HTTPS and XML- related software technologies like XHTML. With the explosion of mobile connectivity, designing & constructing for the mobile user has become essential for real world work. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 17. Pillar III: DBMS & Enterprise App Dev Modern Web sites utilize 3-tiered and n- tiered systems to enable presentation of aggregated & filtered data & information to users. Database-backed Web sites & content management systems form the core of modern business, government, and non-profit (“enterprise”) operations. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 18. Pillar III (cont): DBMS & Enterprise App Dev The majority of communications transactions across the Web are invisible to end-users. This “Invisible Web” depends heavily on XML and XML-related software technologies such as Schema & XSLT. We expose students to basic XML though DB generation of XML data and through coding experience using XHTML. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 19. Pillar IV: Networking, Security, & Sys Admin The modern IT professional needs to understand how to set up and administer secure and stable systems, and to be “O/S agnostic”. Basic Unix skills are critical, and we use a mix of “commodity” PCs running Unix along with Apple computers (which run FreeBSD “under the hood”) in our labs & classrooms. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 20. Pillar V: User-Centered Design & Deployment We informally call this area “the human stuff”, and in some senses this is the defining competency for modern IT professionals. Students must learn to see the world through their users’ eyes, and to select, integrate, and deploy technologies which enhance the lives of users. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 21. All Students are not Equally Prepared I cannot just take our curriculum materials and “drop them in” here. I need to gain some understanding of the “prior knowledge” upon which your entering students will build. That is a big part of why I am here: to learn about what your entering students require to “get up to speed”. Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 22. Summary • The world is just at the beginning of the Information Revolution, and the effects are as powerful as those of the Industrial Revolution in its’ day • We see IT as a distinct discipline from those of CS, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, & Information Systems Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 23. Summary (cont) • Specialization can be useful, but the 5 “Pillars of IT” form a common base upon which all Information Technologists build and which all Information Technologists use to “get work done” • IT can be seen as a key element in local, national, & regional development Prof. Jeff Sonstein
    • 24. RIT’s Vision of Information Technology Prof. Jeff Sonstein Department of Information Technology Rochester Institute of Technology jxsast@rit.edu http://www.it.rit.edu/~jxs/ Center for the Handheld Web http://chw.rit.edu/blog/ Mobile Web Best Practices Working Group http://www.w3.org/2005/MWI/BPWG/Group/

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