University teaching and learning has never been more innovative than it is now, according to Jack Carroll, a distinguished professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). A new book that he edited describes a set of innovative teaching practices from IST faculty members that challenge assumptions and push beyond standard practices at the individual faculty and classroom level.
The issues plaguing the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) website have been widely publicized, causing major roadblocks for President Obama’s signature health care initiative. Upon the website’s launch in November 2013, technical glitches made enrollment in the ACA’s federally run insurance exchanges a problem for millions of consumers. According to Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), many of the technical problems might have been avoided if enterprise architecture practices had been better employed in the website’s design and development.
Wearable technology is infiltrating today’s tech industry — first with wrist-based devices, and most recently with Google Glass — and Penn State students are getting the chance to test those technologies first-hand. Students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are trying out the technology while it’s still in experimental stages, preparing them for the upcoming PSU mHealth Challenge , which will use Google Glass as a platform rather than a mobile phone, Irene Petrick, of the College of Information Sciences and Technology, said. Students in Petrick’s class, Innovation and Design in a Digital World , have been playing with the devices for the past couple weeks to understand how they work and change their interactions with other people.
Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture (EA) at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and founding president of the Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professionals (FEAPO), was recently given a page in the free Internet encyclopedia Wikipedia in recognition of his pioneering role in the emerging field of enterprise architecture.
On Feb. 21 to 23, more than 15,000 students across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will participate in the 46-hour no-sitting, no-sleeping dance marathon known as THON Weekend. The event is a culmination of the Penn State IFC/Panhellenic Dance Marathon, a year-long fundraising and awareness campaign for the fight against pediatric cancer. Considering that THON is a high-profile, heavily attended event, ensuring the security of participants and onlookers is a major concern for organizers. This year, for the first time, THON is partnering with a laboratory in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) that uses military tactics to detect and combat security threats.
In recent years, natural and manmade disasters, such as Super Typhoon Haiyan and the Boston Marathon bombing, have increased public awareness of the role of technology in disaster response and crisis management. To address those issues, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and the GeoVISTA Center will be hosting an international conference this spring that will bring together leading experts and researchers who are dedicated to improving disaster response across the globe. “The conference will bring together academics and practitioners, emergency responders and government policy makers around topics in emergency response,” said Andrea Tapia, an associate professor in the College of IST and the organizer of the conference. “It will also showcase the excellent research being done at Penn State in this area.”
In today’s interconnected global society, individuals who aspire for careers in international affairs must possess a broad knowledge of policy issues. William Schreyer, the benefactor of Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College (SHC), understood that obtaining that knowledge requires more than classroom learning. To implement his vision of educating future leaders, he funded a course at the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) that provides students with hands-on experience in diplomacy and policy-making. “(The class) grew out of Mr. Schreyer’s conviction that we need to be globally engaged,” said Christian Brady, dean of the Schreyer Honors College.
Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has been named to the governance board for the Enterprise Architecture Body of Knowledge (EABOK) initiative and EABOK Consortium, which were recently launched by the MITRE Corp. and offers enterprise architecture (EA) practitioners and researchers a centralized location for exchanging knowledge about the profession. “It is a great honor to be asked to be on the governing board of the EABOK and EABOK Consortium,” Cameron said. “This type of international effort is greatly needed for the field of enterprise architecture.”
In today’s globally competitive, economically challenged environment, the need for enterprise architecture (EA) is steadily increasing in organizations of all types and sizes. As a result, EA professionals are in high demand in industry, government and nonprofit organizations. A lack of a commonly accepted career path for enterprise architecture related professional is cited as an area of top concern by many organizations today. The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), under the direction of Brian Cameron, a professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has recently announced the initiation of a global effort to define the common core career path structure for EA related professionals.
Penn State’s online campus, the World Campus, ranked in the Top 10 for its online undergraduate and graduate programs among the hundreds of higher education institutions included in U.S. News & World Report’s 2014 Best Online Programs rankings released today (Jan. 8). Penn State World Campus rankings include: No. 3 for best online bachelor’s programs No. 5 for best online graduate engineering programs. No. 6 for best online graduate computer information technology programs.
Cloud computing -- a consumer/delivery model where information technology (IT) capabilities are offered as services billed based on usage -- has brought big data analysis to the masses by giving businesses access to vast amounts of computing resources on demand. As the technology continues to advance, the question for many businesses is how they can benefit from big data and how to use cloud computing to make it happen. Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), recently delivered a keynote address at an international conference in India about the need for enterprise architecture (EA) in order to design and implement effective enterprise-wide big data and cloud computing environments.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — David Hall, dean of the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has announced he will be concluding his deanship at the end of the academic year in May 2014.
Undergraduate students with limited financial means in Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) will soon benefit from scholarships donated by two prominent Penn State alumni. IST Advisory Board members and Penn State Alumni Fellows Mike Laphen and Tony Pensa and their wives have created the Mike and Rosemary Laphen Trustee Scholarship in the College of IST and Tony and Carol Pensa Trustee Scholarship in the College of IST, respectively. Each scholarship was created with a $100,000 gift from each couple.
In today’s interconnected society, information systems are vulnerable to a myriad of threats such as unwanted intrusions, illicit insider corruption or dissemination of data, and unexpected losses from natural or man-made disaster. As a result, government and industry need to hire individuals who have the knowledge and training to combat the onslaught of cyber-attacks. To meet that demand, Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) has created a new option within its Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Information Sciences program that is designed to prepare graduates to work in the areas of cybersecurity and information assurance in the federal government or private sector.
Natural disasters such as Typhoon Haiyan and armed conflicts like the one in Syria cause people to flee from their homes. These population displacements are a growing problem, according to Carleen Maitland, an associate professor at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). This displacement — being torn from precious possessions, familiar surroundings and community — creates needs for connectivity, communication and connectedness. To address these needs, Maitland is organizing a workshop to be held next month in South Africa, home to thousands of refugees displaced by Africa’s civil conflicts.
An increasing number of organizations are turning to the evolving practice of enterprise architecture (EA) to deal with the rapid pace of change in almost every industry. Individual organizations offer many perspectives on the definition of enterprise architecture and its value to an organization, but the lack of conformity contributes to confusion about the field. The Federation of Enterprise Architecture Professional Organizations (FEAPO), an association that was conceived by Brian Cameron, executive director of the Center for Enterprise Architecture at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), has published a deliverable document that aims to provide an international perspective on enterprise architecture.
In Jim Jansen’s Google Online Marketing Challenge class at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), students create online marketing campaigns in order to learn keyword advertising and also the opportunity to place in Google’s international competition. The success that the student teams have had in recent years, along with the class’s involvement with Pennsylvania businesses, have increased the students’ viability in the workforce in addition to furthering Penn State’s mission of supporting businesses across the Commonwealth.
Penn State’s enrollment has increased to an all-time high of 98,000 students, and the jump over last year was fueled by growth in the university’s online education system, the World Campus. The programs offered by the College of Information Sciences and Technology are the second most popular through World Campus, with 1,748 students currently enrolled.
In today’s digital age, individuals who are looking to advance their careers are often required to obtain specialized knowledge in areas such as cyber security, intelligence analysis and security policy development. At Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), the online master of professional studies (MPS) degree program, which marks its fifth anniversary in fall 2013, is preparing professionals and organizational leaders to take on greater responsibilities, without disrupting their careers or requiring them to relocate.
Peter Forster, a senior lecturer at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) and formerly executive director of Online Education, has been promoted to assistant dean for online programs and professional education.