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Work-in-Progress: Leveraging Cloud Computing and Web Standards to Support Learning Objectives in Multiple Classrooms

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

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June 17, 2015





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Computers in Education Engineering Division Poster Session

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Computers in Education

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26.1768.1 - 26.1768.10



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Amber Shanice Solomon Clemson University


Sekou L Remy Clemson University

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Sekou L. Remy is a researcher focused on removing barriers to effective use of Robotics and Cloud Computing in our homes, schools, and training centers. Dr. Remy is currently an Assistant Professor in Human-Centered Computing, and comes to Clemson from the University of Notre Dame, where he was a Moreau Postdoctoral Fellow. He has also been a part-time instructor in Computer Science at Spelman College. A graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology (ECE) and Morehouse College (CS), Remy leverages education in both engineering and liberal arts to enable change.

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Work-in-Progress: Leveraging Cloud Computing and Web Standards to Support Learning Objectives in Multiple ClassroomsAccording to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Cloud Computing is “amodel for enabling convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurablecomputing resources.” These resources are designed to be quickly and easily managed withminimal effort by either the provider or by the user. Such an approach to computing is broadly ofinterest, but the potential application in education is both exciting and alarming. If change isimplemented improperly, the impact on learning can be catastrophic. At the same time, if thesetechnologies are not actively studied, the opportunities that they can afford can also be missed,and that too can be catastrophic given significant needs in workforce development for the newknowledge economy.In 2013, CDW Government1 2 released a study that indicated that storage,collaboration/communication and office/productivity were the top three applications of cloudtechnologies applied in K-12 education. These applications had a staggering penetration of 40%for storage, 36% for collaboration/communication, and 33% for office/productivity tools.Looking at the product offerings from Microsoft3 and Cisco4, it is clear that similar shifts areanticipated in the academy as well. What is not yet happening, however, is widespread of use ofother Cloud Computing service models like Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) or Platform as aService (PaaS) in the classroom to support learning objectives directly.In this work we present cases that highlight how PaaS, IaaS, and web technologies like Browsersand Web Servers can be used to directly support learning objectives in five (5) classes taught byfaculty in the School of Computing at XYZ University. Since these courses are hosted incomputing, CS students are naturally in the majority; however, two of the courses includestudents from Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Beyondpresentation of the technology and how it is applied to support the specific objectives, in thiswork we will also document sentiment about its use, both from a student and faculty perspective.The technologies used, and the resources created, have strong applicability and can be extendedto courses in Mechanics of Mechanisms, Control Theory, Artificial Intelligence, andBioinformatics.                                                                                                                1  2  3­‐us/solutions/Pages/cloud_computing.aspx  4  

Solomon, A. S., & Remy, S. L. (2015, June), Work-in-Progress: Leveraging Cloud Computing and Web Standards to Support Learning Objectives in Multiple Classrooms Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.25104

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