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U Boot: A 21st Century Alternative to Graduate Degrees

Northeastern University has recently premiered a two-month course in data analytics, offering a huge amount of experience and a high-quality education at a low price—just without college credit. The program is intended for students who already have a bachelor’s degree and want to further their postgrad education, but don’t want to make the financial and temporal investment into a master’s degree. This also allows curriculum to change and shift as employers demand different skillsets.

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Private “boot camp”-style courses are nothing new, of course. Northeastern’s course is unique because it’s the first program to be offered as a supplement to (rather than a replacement for) more traditional degreed college, and it’s being brought by an accredited university of higher learning, rather than a third-party company.

There are a couple downsides to this sort of program, some more obvious than others. Currently, this is the only university to offer such content, and as a result, it may battle a stigma for some time as an inferior form of learning.

UW Bothell is currently seeking more classroom space for more traditional courses, but perhaps in the future this sort of boot camp program could be offered in tandem with our graduate curriculum.

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Western Oregon University Install NetApp Flash Storage

Western Oregon University has a new flash storage system. The new system has increased the school’s storage capacity and speed.

The University administrators use IBM Congos, which is a business intelligence software. Professors are using the Moodle e-learning system. The system will help instructors incorporate videos, online quizzes and other digital content into their courses.

The university began to experience a lag in their extensive media-rich teaching and learning systems. Only 250 of the university’s 5,200 undergraduate and 900 graduate students could log on all at once. Students also had delays logging on from their personal desktops and launched applications The university searched for possible solutions to fix the problem, which led to the  NetApp, a provider of data storage and management systems. The NetApp teamed up with Mountain States Networking to create the NetApp ef550 flash array.

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Western Oregon University reported that they are now able to support 10 times as many concurrent users of media-rich applications, with 95% percent less processing time. The backup times has also reduced from over an hour to only 9 minutes! Bill Kernan, CIO of Western Oregon University, reported that with the NetApp flash storage system the school is able to reach a capacity of more than 1,200 concurrent users, while providing excellent system performance campuswide.

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BenchPrep

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Are you a student who is not a fan of tests? Do you wish you could have a chance to improve your test taking skills? Now you can, with the new app BenchPrep! This app is an online learning platform built to help students prepare for all sorts of tests. Tests like: standardized tests, GRE, GMAT, MCAT, ACT, SAT, and much more. The goal behind BenchPrep is to make studying be accessible and personalized for everyone whether it is through smartphones, tablets, or computers.

Thanks to BenchPrep’s interactive learning environment that it provides, it allows the users to study anywhere at any time. Students are given access to rich materials from a variety of different publishers, all at their fingertips.

BenchPrep creates a unique and  interactive learning environment. It allows students to study any time. It is the only test prep solution that allows students to study on the internet, using IOS or Android. With BenchPrep, students can access material from a number of different publishers in one place. A student can pay one fee and keep using the app again and again throughout the course of their academic career.

One of the greatest things about BenchPrep is the flexibility it provides for its users. For those who started on the tests on computer and happen to run out of time before completing, no worries! You can continue with your study on another computer or any other device and continue where you last left off.

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Free Educational Apps – Available Today

Now is your chance to download iPad apps that are normally on sale, but are free for a limited time. These educational apps are designed to help students with reading course documents and creating job resumes.

PDF- Scanner

The Smart PDF Scanner (regularly priced at $4.99) has a variety of different features to meet student scanning needs. This app allows students to scan documents even in poor lighting conditions. The app is designed to automatically detect the page edges. Smart PDF Scanner has an excellent tagging system, which helps students organize scanned documents under color-coded categories for easy browsing. If students need to share their scanned documents, Smart PDF Scanner allows students to export their scans in different formats, such as PDFs.

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Resume Maker

Resume Maker is an iPad app that helps students easily create professionally looking resumes. The app is also available for free for a limited time (regularly priced at $2.99). The app provides students with a variety of beautiful pre-made resume and cover letter templates. Students can just add their own information. Resume Maker is also connected to LinkedIn, so resumes can instantly be imported to students LinkedIn profile.

With the help of these apps students are able to have a work space at the palm of their hand. These apps are free for a limited time. Enjoy!

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The Move to OneCampus

With technology constantly improving, Universities are trying to find ways to keep up with the change. The University of Hawaii is in the process of replacing its legacy portal with a new system called OneCampus. This system from rSmart, is a system that provides access to campus services from any device. At the University of Hawaii, this service connects its 55,000+  students and more than 8,000 faculty members with hundreds of different online services on all 10 campuses across all the islands.

Hae Okimoto, director of academic technologies, stated that the University needed an alternative solution that would meet the changing needs of the students and Universities. He also states that OneCampus is a great way to provide the users with a simple and mobile-friendly way to navigate the services.

OneCampus has features like a Google-like search and ratings and reviews that allow the administrators to see which features are being used and the satisfaction rate. The University can also share announcements such as an upcoming service outage and assign tasks to the campuses.

As the time to switch to OneCampus approaches, beta testers are continuously adding tasks to the system in advance for the full release.

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