It is time to wrap up the winter quarter. I hope this quarter was productive and provided a meaningful learning experience.
As everyone is aware, this quarter, CityU changed from Blackboard to the Brightspace learning management system. Migrating to a new system is a major undertaking. On behalf of the STC team, I apologize for the course shell issues early in the quarter. Two essential links broke in the migration: Faculty/TA information and the link to specific virtual labs. The first broken link interrupted communication to our faculty and TAs, which delayed resolving the broken links to virtual labs. What usually takes a day to fix took two weeks. These issues inconvenienced student learning. In the process of fixing the broken links, we had deep conversations with students who shared their feelings and thoughts about other topics. As a result of these conversations, we have improved our courses to enhance the student learning experience.
Let me introduce these changes. First, we reduced the course workload for undergraduate and graduate preparatory courses. GitHub deployment in preparatory courses is gone. Students can find helpful tech information here: CityU STC TA Center. Everyone can access information for Git, HOP/HOS/TT, database, and the tools used in STC courses before starting their courses. Second, we streamlined communication among students, Teaching Assistants, instructors, and Program Managers by replacing 1:1 email communication with private Microsoft Private Teams for each course. Whether you are taking an online course or the in-class section, this structure creates a cyber gathering place for all students, TAs, and instructors. Office hours will be held in this space, too. Everyone can now communicate freely, ask questions, and build a learning community. Third, we will improve the team project process for all STC courses. More detailed descriptions of the projects will include outcomes and deliverables clearly defined for each course. We are also increasing the peer evaluation in the team project. Everyone’s work level will be acknowledged accurately; no student gets a free ride during the team project. Fourth, we will continue to improve course quality by enhancing the alignment of the Muddiest Point to the Team Project through lecture materials and assignments. Finally, we will continue internal training and professional development to strengthen our TA support and Program Manager’s administration.
We thank you for your persistence and for voicing your concerns. Your input helped us to make improvements to our courses.
Have a good break, and see you in the Spring quarter.
Marcelo Guerra Hahn has more than 17 years of experience in software development, data analysis, testing, and project management. He is very passionate about data and using data to facilitate decision-making. Marcelo led the engineering team at SoundCommerce, a startup in data analysis for e-commerce business, and has worked for Tableau and Microsoft. He holds a master’s in computer science from the Universidad de la República in Uruguay, an MBA and a master’s in applied mathematics from the University of Washington, and a master’s in applied statistics from Texas A&M.
Morgan: Marcelo, thank you for agreeing to be interviewed for the STC Thursday Byte. Let’s start off by telling us about your career path that brought you to where you are today.
There will be no meeting this week. See you all next quarter!
STC Tech Club meets every Thursday from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM (PDT) via Teams to provide tech-related learning opportunities, skill development, and networking. Students or faculty who would like to share your expertise or project, please contact Yang Ren. Click here to join. Everyone is invited!
The STC Tech Club is proud to announce we are providing vouchers for 50% discounts on the AWS Cloud Practitioner certification exam. Please contact Yang Ren if interested.
The Data Science Club would like to invite you to our weekly meetings on Wednesdays at 4pm PST. You can join our meetings using the link here or by scanning the QR code on the right. In addition to an Invited Talk, AI-900 Certification Workshop, and Research Symposium, we’ll be covering various topics this quarter including Feature Engineering, Data Visualization, and AI Ethics!
Meeting Schedule: Every Monday 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM PST – Join here
For more information, click here
NRC Health has multiple open positions available right now. For more information and to apply, click here.
Bsides, Seattle is looking for presenters. To learn more and to present, click here.
Between the Brackets is excited to invite you to join the [Between] Exploring AI on the Web with TensorFlow.js event @ Thu Mar 24, 2022, 10am – 11am (PDT)
We will have STC Applied Research Symposium on March 17th, 2022, from 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM PST.
In the event, students will present their capstone projects and the outcomes.
Advisors for the event would be Dr. Sam Chung and Dr. Sion Yoon.
Click here to join STC ARS – Winter 2022.
Everyone is invited!
Presenters: Will Longman, CISO at Blue Origin
When: Apr 21, 2022, Thurs, 4:30-5:30 PM PDT
Watch out for more information on our first Spring Thursday Byte newsletter.