From Leadership – Program Manager Dr. Radana Dvorak
Welcome to week three of Spring term. Students, I hope you have settled in your classes and are starting to explore some of the opportunities available for you at the School of Technology and Computing. In the April 8th STC Thursday Byte, Dean Chung wrote about the importance of being proactive, and I want to expand on his challenge. Next week STC is holding a degree program Quarterly Community Building Event (see days and times below); I want to highlight how valuable attending these events can be to your experience at CityU.
The constructivist theory states that we learn by constructing knowledge rather than passively absorbing information like a sponge. Value is placed on learning through experience and interaction, and this is what STC is trying to achieve not only in the classroom but in the various events we hold regularly. The Community Building Event is for you to meet with your instructors, program managers, and other students and learn from each other. The event is held each term during the fourth week, and we encourage you to attend. In one of my program’s Community Building Events, students came with excellent questions and shared experiences. Several students connected, gave advice, and shared how they overcame some obstacles. What can you gain by coming? Here is just a shortlist:
Lev Vygotsky’s social constructivist theory goes further and states that all knowledge is co-constructed, and individuals learn from each other by interaction and language – meaning we learn by sharing with others rather than by individual experiences. Taking online classes and working/studying remotely due to the pandemic has isolated us more than ever. We hope that providing opportunities such as the Community Building Event will add to your learning experience at CityU. So, I challenge you, come to your program meeting next week, share, listen, ask questions, and get to know students from your program and your program manager.
AWS Certification – AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner
The STC has supported AWS certifications through either courses or student activities. Thirty-five (35) students in CS 519 Cloud Computing Overview (Winter 2021) received vouchers to take the AWS certificate exam. As of today, two students passed the exam. Among them, Kip Tatum shared the good news. Congratulations! As of today, six (6) students passed the certification exams. If you want to share your good news, please contact the course TA, Kim Nguyen.
STC will hold Quarterly Community Building Event for each program in the next week. All STC students are welcome to join.
Program Event Time:
1. MSCS – April 21st (Wed) 4:oo pm – 5:00 pm (PDT) LINK
April 26th, 2021
1. MSCY – 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm (PDT) LINK
2. BSIS – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (PDT) LINK
3. DIT – 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm (PDT) LINK
The Tech Group and the Cybersecurity Club will meet Thursdays from 4 pm to 5 pm (PDT) via Teams: STC Student Clubs & Research Groups Weekly Meeting – Spring Quarter. For students or faculty who would like to present, choose a date and upload your presentation HERE
The STC Cybersecurity Club, a Byte of Cyber, is revising the club offerings to support the student journey to become a cyber savvy professional. The Cyber Club is open to all CityU students and alumni. The next meeting of the Byte of Cyber will be Thursday, May 6th, 5:30 –6:30 P.M. PDT. Complete this survey.
‘Coders’, a term used for Programmers in 50’ and 60’s ran the first Fortran program. Fortran stands for “FORmula TRANslator” and enables coders to work in a high-level language completely simplifying program writing. Fortran was developed by John Backus and IBM for scientific and engineering applications. It quickly dominated scientific computing and due to the huge legacy power, there are systems still running on it today.