Higher Education and Research

Is It Worthwhile to Teach Students About APIs?

APIs (application programming interfaces) are one of the most vital components of the web. They allow for increased user-friendliness, and they help developers to integrate more features into their own sites. If you are using the internet, odds are you are actively using some sort of API, even if you are the most technologically unsavvy person out there. Students will use APIs almost every time they log onto the web. …

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Higher Education and Blockchain Prove a Convenient Combination

Higher Education and Blockchain Prove a Convenient Combination What is blockchain? In today’s day and age what connects billions of people around the globe is the internet. There is no question that it is great for communicating and collaborating online. However, it is only built for moving and storing information rather than understanding the authenticity and securing of the data. Here the blockchain comes in. The blockchain works as an …

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Design Expo at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern

On Saturday December 2nd, I had the great privilege to serve as a judge during the Fall Design Expo 2017 at Northwestern University. First-year students enrolled in the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) course shared what they had designed for various clients, including the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Kids in Danger, and Lincoln Park Zoo amongst others. Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), is a required two-quarter course for all first-year …

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Assessing students’ mood with a smart real-time barometer

Recently, I read a blog about “Machine learning meets employee engagement” and how a new cloud application (SAP Work-Life) helps managers and employees to improve their health and well-being. The aim of the development team was to create a smart, real-time ‘mood barometer’ to give not only managers, but employees themselves, insight into opportunities to improve health, well-being and engagement. (Find out more: https://www.sap.com/products/work-life.html) The SAP work-life application provides the …

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Design Expo at the Segal Design Institute at Northwestern

On Saturday December 2nd, I had the great privilege to serve as a judge during the Fall Design Expo 2017 at Northwestern University. First-year students enrolled in the Design Thinking and Communication (DTC) course shared what they had designed for various clients, including the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, Kids in Danger, and Lincoln Park Zoo amongst others. Design Thinking and Communication (DTC), is a required two-quarter course for all first-year …

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When Will I Ever Need to Know This?

The question that I hear as an educator–the one thing I am asked more than any other question–is “When will I ever need to know this?” For some questions, the answer is really easy. For others, I need to take a step back and think. I like to answer my students honestly when they ask this question. It’s not always appropriate to stop class and give an answer at that …

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Is STEM Education the Future of Schooling?

In the education world STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) is the current hot topic. There’s no secret about why this is; technology is the biggest moneymaker in the world of business today. Not only are tech products and the concepts behind them driving the global economy, but technology promises the solution to end all sorts of problems within the world, ranging from health care, to global hunger, and more. …

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ICOs Offer Families a Route to Debt-Free College

Paying for college costs in the United States has become harder and harder with each passing year. Since 1985, the average cost per year at a four-year college has quadrupled, going from $5,160 to an eye-popping $25,409 by 2015. This puts a college education out of reach for many aspiring students, while forcing many of those that do attend college to incur massive long-term debt to finance their education.   …

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SAP Engages with University of Illinois Chicago Students

On Tuesday and Wednesday November 14-15, Gary Nelson and I participated in several key events at the University of Illinois Chicago. The University of Illinois Chicago is an active SAP University Alliances member and teaches several courses where student teams solve real world industry problems. Information and Decision Sciences programs and research emphasize Information Systems, Operations and Supply Chain Management, and Business Data Analytics. With a faculty comprised of world-class …

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