Past Events

Information Technology Open Forum

Harnessing the Power of Big Data and Predictive Analytics for Student Success

May 5, 2016 | Engineering Building (ENG) 285 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 nn


We are pleased to feature a guest speaker from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) at an Open Forum on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in ENG285 (11am – 12nn).

The Education Advisory Board is one of the most trusted advisors and performance improvement partners to over 1,000 colleges and universities across Europe and North America. They help colleges and universities improve processes through best practice research and data analytics.

Technology is transforming the landscape of higher education in ways that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. Digital innovation is driving changes in the college classroom, as well as how students are supported in the admission process and enrollment. By applying predictive analytics on big data, universities now have the potential to improve student success, student learning outcomes and expand access to education opportunities for current and prospective learners.

This forum will present an introduction to the emerging and evolving topics of “Big Data” and predictive analytics particularly as they apply to higher education. The speaker will talk about how data can be used to improve student success outcomes and persistence. Hear about how data can enable San Jose State to help students increase their chances of graduation and success.

The campus community can join the IT Open Forum in person or via WebEx.

For more information about joining WebEx, visit the IT Open Forum page on the Information Technology website. 

This is a topic that is very relevant in higher education. Please join us!

SJSU, GameStop and IBM Hackathon a Success!

SJSU, GameStop and IBM Hackathon a Success! Information Technology, in collaboration with SJSU faculty, GameStop and IBM, hosted a Hackathon on November 13 - 14. Also known as a hack day, hackfest or codefest, this is an event where computer programmers and others involved in software development and hardware development, including graphic designers, interface designers and project managers, collaborate intensively on software projects.

Over 120 students competed at the event, using the IBM Bluemix platform, an open standards, cloud platform for building, running and managing apps and services. Students participated from different majors across the University. The event started at 10 a.m. on November 13 and culminated with an awards reception at 4 p.m. the next day (November 14). Student competitors stayed overnight at the Spartan Complex and worked on their apps until noon on Saturday. The event tested the students' coding skills and allowed them to use their creativity to come up with innovative solutions within the allotted time. GameStop and IBM technologists were on site to guide students through the process.

At the end of the competition, the judges listened to the groups pitch their apps. The grand prize went to a group comprised of three computer engineers and one computer science major. GameStop has expressed interest in conducting another Hackathon event at SJSU in the near future.

For additional information, see our Hackathon photos (by Kim Nguyen).

Innovation & Collaboration Expo for Teaching and Learning 2015

Innovation & Collaboration Expo for Teaching and Learning 2015 Over 600 faculty, students and staff visited the 2nd Annual Innovation and Collaboration Expo on Oct. 1 - 2, 2015, a 20% increase over the inaugural event last year. President Sue Martin's opening remarks were followed by two full days of presentations, panel discussions and demonstrations on campus technologies available now, and emerging IT resources to help improve teaching, learning and productivity.

Three years ago, the university embarked on a multi-year strategic plan called Vision: 2107. One of the guiding principles behind Vision: 2017 is to provide "unbounded learning" that delivers an innovative, engaged learning community committed to preparing students with adaptive skills and knowledge for a global 21st century. The Innovation and Collaboration Expo showcases our mission to support student success through the innovative use of technology in the classroom and across campus, while supporting automation of the university's administrative functions.

Participating partners at the Technology Resource Fair included Adobe, Apple, Camtasia Studio, Canvas, Cisco, COIL, Macmillan, NBC Learn, Pakistan Distance Education Enhancement Program, QOLT, Qualtrics, Respondus, SHI, SnagIt and Turnitin.

The Innovation and Collaboration Expo is a collaborative annual program put on by SJSU Information Technology. This year, it was held in collaboration with the CSU Chancellor's Office, Academic Technology, and the King Library and Center for Faculty Development.

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