Transforming Education In the Cloud
Lecturer, Cloud Computing
Lecturer, Cloud Computing
Today’s students come to education with different expectations than students did a decade ago, given their confirmed status as digital natives. In response, education is transforming to meet those student needs. Universities are adopting cloud to be more agile and responsive. Platforms being used to teach students are transforming as well and we are seeing this transformation in Research and Campus IT workloads also.
We are continually seeing how the time to science is being reduced as the cloud has democratized access to virtually unlimited amounts of computing resources, allowing academic institutions to become agile enabling them to build HPC clusters for specific research workloads in minutes then switching off the cluster as soon as the workload completes.
As Budgets become tighter CampusIT departments are looking for ways reduce cost but be agile – we are seeing more and more customers use the cloud for education specific workloads in an effort to reduce cost.
AWS Educate is a global initiative to provide students and educators with the resources needed to greatly accelerate cloud-related learning endeavors and to help power the entrepreneurs, workforce, and researchers of tomorrow.
Cork Institute of Technology have been an early adopter Educate program and have successfully implemented a cloud architecture module as part of their Msc and Bsc cloud computing programs
Cork Institute of Technology has developed a comprehensive portfolio of academic and professionally certified programmes in the area of Cloud Computing. These programmes include the Msc and Bsc in Cloud Computing, which focus on the upskilling of experienced IT professionals in cloud computing technologies and the HDip in Cloud Computing, concentrating on reskilling non- IT graduates in IT related disciplines.
Some qualitative research was completed on graduates from a variety of CIT’s Cloud Computing programmes. Testimonials were gathered to illustrate the journey these students undertook from before they enrolled on the cloud computing course, to the skills and competencies gathered during the course, the academic result they achieved and finally the IT role they successfully obtained after graduation
Finally students on undergraduate programmes are given the opportunity to learn cloud computing core skills such as virtualization, software defined networking and data analytics by undertaking specialised cloud modules as part of their degree.
Cloud Architecture is a module, delivered to students on the Bsc in Cloud Computing and the Higher Diploma in Cloud Computing (a reskilling programme). Designed on the National Institute Standards and Technologies (NIST) cloud computing reference architecture, students learn how to design and implement a cloud architecture using the AWS cloud.
Content includes transitioning from an Enterprise Architectural model to a Cloud model (TOGAF), Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (SaaS), Security & Compliancy, Web Services & Case Studies of Cloud Architectures.
Excellent support from AWS through the Educator grant system allows students to build out their own Virtual Private Cloud, where they learn to and configure services such as EC2, S3, EBS, Route 53, IAM and CloudWatch. This allows students to apply the knowledge learned from module in a practical capacity.