Using Graphic Novels to Enhance Scenario-Driven Projects for a Cloud Computing Program
Concurrent Session 5
Courses in University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC’s) newly developed graduate program in cloud computing architecture provide an immersive learning designed with the adult student needs in mind for an applied learning experience that provides focused, job-relevant knowledge.
In this session, instructional designers will present a cloud computing classroom that utilizes graphic novels and storytelling to enhance the scenario-driven project-based learning.
Organizations are increasingly moving their critical information and assets to the cloud and are seeking employees who understand how to migrate their systems to the cloud, as organizations take advantage of the benefits of storing their data off-site. However, cloud computing is still rarely part of the curricula in higher education, as institutions cite issues with costs, the rapid pace of technology innovation, and a lack of available faculty expertise (Panko, 2017).
University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC’s) newly developed graduate program in cloud computing architecture equips students with the technical and management skills to effectively design, operate, and maintain cloud computing systems. The program is designed to help prepare students for positions in cloud computing, computer network architecture, network and computer systems administration, information technology project management, and computer systems analysis.
The cloud computing curriculum is centered around the completion of authentic assessments in the form of applied scenarios, projects, and hands-on labs that involve real-world tasks, tools, and industry standards. UMUC partnered with leading cloud providers to minimize the cost to students.
At the conclusion of this session, participants will be able to:
Apply the tenets of project-based learning to a cloud computing curriculum
Overcome obstacles in developing courses for a rapidly changing field of study
Design project-based assessments that apply real-world experience to industry standards and competencies
Panko, R. (2017). Cloud education lags at universities: Four professors' perspectives. Retrieved from https://clutch.co/cloud/resources/cloud-computing-education-2017