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Mon
27
Jun

Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Tile image Tech Kit for Girls Aims to Lessen a Gender Gap

Rutgers students create educational game designed to help girls 11-14 learn programming and technology skills in Rutgers Makerspace

The president’s daughter has been kidnapped. “This is where you come in,” read the typewritten, terse instructions. “You are the chosen one. The fate of Sasha’s life is in your hands. If you choose to accept this, open the enclosed briefcase.”

The story is fiction, thankfully – but the briefcase is real. The small metal box unlatches to reveal a miniature computer, display and cables, along with instructions to create a spy camera to help solve the kidnapping.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

Drones Will Be Focus of Pre-Engineering Summer Academy Certificate

Rutgers website on the Summer Academy

Rutgers professor E. A. Elsayed discusses the history and future of drones

As drones rise in popularity, their use is provoking new thinking on the possibilities. The U.S. Department of the Interior, the Bureau of Land Management and the United States Geological Survey already use drones to monitor wildlife populations without disturbing them. Amazon is testing drones that could deliver packages in as little as half an hour after an online purchase. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has teamed with other agencies on an experiment to use Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to spy on storms as they evolve.

Read more at Rutgers Today

Mon
27
Jun

CTE Makerspace Makeover Challenge

Model of The White House

The U.S. Department of Education announced the ten prize winners in the CTE Makeover Challenge at the ‘White House Champions of Change for Making’ event. Our own Rick Anderson, director of Virtual Worlds, was a judge on the review panel. Over 640 high schools from 50 states designed makerspaces that strengthen next-generation career and technical skills. Each winner will receive $20,000 in cash and a share of in-kind prizes from the $375,000 sponsor prize pool to build or renovate their makerspace.

Join us in congratulating the prize winners!

Burlington Technical Center, Burlington, VT

Capital City Public Charter School, Washington, DC

Carl Schurz High School, Chicago, IL

Clearwater High School, Piedmont, MO

Dominion High School, Sterling, VA

John H. Reagan Early College High School, Austin, TX

Palisades Charter High School, Pacific Palisades, CA

Theodore Roosevelt High School, San Antonio, TX

THINC College & Career Academy, Lagrange, GA

Mon
07
Mar

3 signs you’ll soon be attending a coding bootcamp at your college

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Rutgers Coding Bootcamp, launched in fall 2015, is among a select group of university-based coding bootcamp programs in the United States. This certificate program is specifically designed to teach adult learners and part-time students the skills they need for careers in web development, a high-demand area for the digital economy.

Read the full article at TechCrunch

Thu
03
Dec

The Language of Learning: International Law Scholar Taps Instructional Design, Part 1

Dilafruz Nazarova headshot

Part 1: Creating An Online Course from Scratch

Dilafruz Nazarova was an accomplished scholar and advocate in human rights law when she arrived at Rutgers in 2010 to pursue a doctorate in political science. Born in Tajikistan and fluent in four languages, Nazarova had earned her law degree and worked for her government and international organizations focusing on international law.

She wanted to dive into yet another field—teaching online—but lacked experience and expertise.

But she’s now an enthusiastic and attentive online learning instructor—crediting the Rutgers Online Learning Conference (#RUOnlineCon), the instructional design teams available at Rutgers, and her political science department for her takeoff into the world of online instruction.

Fri
06
Nov

Online Education And Hybrid Learning Focus Of Rutgers Conference For Educators

Jeff Selingo, author of College (Un)Bound, to cover higher education challenges in shift from ‘time served’ college experience

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Some of the nation’s top experts in online education and hybrid learning will share innovations and best practices at the Rutgers Online Learning Conference (RUOnlineCon) Jan. 11-12, 2016.

The conference will explore available and emerging technologies, use of learning management systems, ancillary software and sites, new instructional methods, assessments, audio/video elements, and faculty training and resources.

Tue
13
Oct

University-Run Boot Camps Offer Students Marketable Skills — but Not Course Credit

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Level, a venture that offers students courses in data analytics, has a motto of sorts. It’s written in large letters across the program’s website: “Real skills. Real experience. Two months.”

The motto sounds a lot like the boot-camp style of education offered by companies like General Assembly. But Level, a product of Northeastern University, is neither a private company nor a Silicon Valley startup. It is one of the first boot-camp programs created by a traditional university, and it exists alongside Northeastern’s master’s programs in subjects such as urban informatics and information design and visualization.

Read more on The Chronicle of Higher Education, Wired Campus Blog

Fri
28
Aug

Rutgers' First Coding Bootcamp Launches in Fall

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Web development program’s goal to prepare students for high-demand digital careers

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Rutgers will launch New Jersey’s first-ever coding boot camp in October, a program specifically designed to teach adult learners and part-time students the skills they need for careers in web development, a high-demand area for the digital economy.

The boot camp, a 24-week certificate program offered by Rutgers Division of Continuing Studies to the general public, combines on-campus classes in New Brunswick with online work and will be held two evenings a week and for four hours on Saturday. Enrollment closes October 26 and the first class is scheduled October 27.

Information and registration are available at codingbootcamp.Rutgers.edu or via phone at (732) 430-2144.

Thu
20
Aug

Rutgers Innovators Lead "Maker Movement"

Makers in the lab

ON THE LIVINGSTON CAMPUS of Rutgers University, tucked away off an industrial road, is an unassuming yellow wood frame building. From the outside, it looks like a Shaker house, maybe home to some administrative offices.

But on the second floor is a lab, with a state-of-the-art laser cutter that fills the entire room. Down the hall are 3-D printers, machine shop equipment, a computer lab and a room just for robotics, all open to use by students and faculty. A staff of engineers helps them bring their ideas to life — from student art projects to diagnostic equipment designed by faculty.

Read more on NJ.com

Tue
25
Jun

A Home for Innovation

Rutgers Innovation Education class taking place

Need a place that fosters innovation and invention? The Rutgers Makerspace, located at the Center for Innovation Education on the Rutgers Livingston Campus, provides students, educators, and entrepreneurs with a hands-on learning environment that is part classroom, part workshop, and part think tank. Also known as ‘hackerspaces’, ‘fab labs’, and ‘makelabs’, makerspaces are creative laboratories where members with common interests such as engineering, computer programming, inventing, graphic design, and others gather to share resources and knowledge, network, and build innovative creations.

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