Teaching Technology - Shanta Nathwani
Technology is changing fast, and so does teaching. Shanta will talk about an innovative program blending communication, design, and technology run at Sheridan College in partnership with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. They are taught to be the translators of business needs to technology solutions and learn a little bit of everything, including web design and photography. Her students work on real projects with local clients and employers who are looking for practical skills and creative thinking. Shanta is always on the lookout for the next technology and skills her students will need to compete in a rapidly changing world.
Shanta R. Nathwani is an IT and Social Media Consultant and an Instructor in Web Design and CCIT Capstone at Sheridan College, which includes teaching WordPress. The ICCIT program is a joint program with the University of Toronto at Mississauga. She teaches students and small businesses how to use their websites and social media to increase their online presence leading to increased revenues and improved customer service. She has assisted companies to incorporate social media in the real estate, financial, non-profit, education and technical fields to name a few.
Technologies for Learning at Sheridan College - Marc Lijour
Sheridan students are involved in hackathons, working with the Toronto 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games, and they learn actively with the latest video and collaboration techniques. Their students are career-ready, some of them launching their own business while in school. This presentation will explore the main technology infrastructure based on Cisco which makes all that possible, as well as the involvement of Sheridan in leading programs such as VROC (http://www.vroc.ca/) and Connected North (http://csr.cisco.com/casestudy/connected-north). Developers won’t want to miss hearing about cool technologies like CMX, Jabber Guest, and other technologies available on DevNet (http://developer.cisco.com/).
Marc Lijour is an educator specialized in technology and innovation. He joined Cisco last year to lead the transformation of education in Canada. He helps school boards, colleges, and universities design strategies to improve student success and experience, positioning Canada as the best place to work, live, play, and learn.
Marc is also a developer and an adept of Free/Libre Open Source Software. His first job experience was to develop a pre-Web site on the late 80’s French Minitel network (Bell Canada launched a similar system branded Alextel). He started experimenting with Linux before the Y2K, installing school labs. Later, he worked for the Mandriva Linux distribution. Specialized in software engineering, and distributed work, he is a big fan of DevOps and the cloud.