Agenda

 

Thursday, June 4 

 

8:30 am

Registration and Morning Refreshments

 

9:30 am

Welcome

Anne Margulies, Vice President, University Chief Information Officer, Harvard University

 

9:40 am

Keynote Presentation – Online Learning: The Scourge or the Savior of Higher Education

The end of higher education as we know it has been predicted by many, including some who have appeared before this audience. Will traditional colleges and universities be disrupted by new educational start-ups? Will bricks and mortar institutions go the way of the buggy whip? Is their business model irretrievably broken? It turns out colleges and universities are more durable and adaptable than most of their critics acknowledge, but they still must change – and educational technology must be at the heart of this change.
Speaker:
Dr. Lawrence S. Bacow, President Emeritus, Tufts University

 

10:25 am

Launch - Harvard IT Academy

Moderator:
Dr. Bill Wisser, Sr. Director, Learning Technologies Director, Technology and Learning Lab, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

11:00 am

Networking Break

 

11:25 am

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 1

 

2015: A Space "Odyssey"

Today, FAS Research Computing runs 750 times more storage and 300 times more CPU since they started out in 2008. It's small wonder why they call their clustered computer system "Odyssey." Just like its movie namesake, the HAL9000, this inordinately complex machine is managed by a very small staff, and is often found misbehaving. We will describe the system, staff, and methods for how we support and manage Harvard's amazing science and research with Odyssey.
Speaker:
James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing, Faculty of Arts and Sciences

 

Introducing HUIT's Architecture Decision Group

As HUIT moves to adopt and adapt to new technology trends, decisions will need to be made to ensure that there is a rational, common design to the technology. The design of the network, the form of the infrastructure, and the way in which software is built, bought, or modified will need to be coordinated in such a way that evolution of one component does not cause problems or limit the functionality of another. Key decisions should be made at the right level of the organization and then shared broadly. This presentation will introduce the Harvard Community to HUIT's Architecture Decision Group – a new model for driving strategic technology decisions and consistency across HUIT.
Speakers:
Jefferson Burson, Director of Network Strategy, Network Services Group, Harvard University Information Technology
Ben Gaucherin, Deputy Chief Information Officer, Harvard University Information Technology
Christian Hamer, Chief Information Security Officer, IT Security, Harvard University Information Technology
Jason Snyder, Managing Director, Architecture and Engineering, Harvard University Information Technology
Jim Waldo, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard University Information Technology; Gordon McKay Professor of Practice of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 

Information Security Behind the Scenes (Yes, It's JUST Like CSI)

Watch a computer get hacked in real time (don’t worry – not yours!), see attacks in real time from around the world, and learn about a recent cyber-attack at the University. Most importantly, find out how you can help us all stay secure.
Speaker:
Micah Nelson, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

 

A Framework for Effective End-to-End Test Automation

Test automation has been limited to functional testing of the application from UI. But with rapid shift in application access methods from desktops to smart devices and emergence of techniques like Responsive Web Design (RWD), it has become imperative to also test application for Layout, Rendering and Client side performance. This presentation will showcase a framework built using open source tools that enables a shared test team to automate tests for application user experience profiling, functional and behavioral tests, as well as layout and responsiveness of application front-end.
Speaker:
Ramandeep Singh, QA Shared Services, Harvard Catalyst and QA InfoTech, Harvard Medical School

 

Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact

Please join us for discussion and demonstrations by Teaching and Learning Technologies (TLT), a Harvard IT Council strategic program. This session will begin with a review of the program’s vision and goals, then focus on key areas as we head into our second year of implementation. We will also share stories from across the University about impact on the residential teaching and learning experience through the thoughtful and innovative use of technology.
Speaker:
Kristin Lofblad Sullivan, Program Director, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Parallelization of Large-Scale Image Processing Workflows to Unravel Neuronal Networks

The function of neurons and neuronal networks depend on their connectivity. Mapping these connections would accelerate understanding of how cellular and network function is generated; however, detailed connectivity maps are difficult to obtain. We use high-throughput electron microscopy to tackle this problem. Here, we demonstrate our approach to automating a large-scale image processing and alignment pipeline. We will present a software tool that parallelizes a serial workflow implemented on a high-performance computing cluster.
Speakers:
Ciara Bolger, Research Assistant, Harvard Medical School
Lingsheng Dong, Senior Research Computing Consultant, Harvard Medical School
Byoung-Do Kim, Associate Director of Research Computing, Harvard Medical School
Wei-Chung A Lee, Instructor in Neurobiology, Harvard Medical School

 

Harvard IT Academy

An exciting overview announcing the start-up of the Harvard IT Academy – including the CIO Council's vision for the Academy as the centerpiece for Harvard's IT workforce development initiative, the IT Academy's focus on transitioning staff to "T-Shaped Professionals" who excel at making it easy for faculty, students, and staff to teach, learn, and work at Harvard, the Academy's curriculum, badging program and course catalog/web-page, and the rollout of the Service Mindset Foundations course for all IT staff across all schools/units.
Speakers:
Kim Crider, IT Workforce Development Project Lead, Harvard University Information Technology
Nicole Breen, Interim Director, Office of Human Resources, Harvard University Information Technology
Sue Coyne, Senior Organization Development Consultant, Office of Human Resources, Harvard University
Patty St. Amand, Senior Human Resources Consultant, Office of Human Resources, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Sharing Your Data with the Harvard Dataverse

The Dataverse Project started in 2006 at Harvard’s Institute for Quantitative Social Science as an open source software application to share, cite, and archive data. This tutorial will primarily focus on demonstrating how researchers from various disciplines can deposit, organize, cite, share, and curate their research data in the Harvard Dataverse (dataverse.org).
Speakers:
Sonia Barbosa, Manager of the Murray Research Archive and Manager of Data Curation, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Gustavo Durand, Dataverse Project Manager, Institute for Quantitative Social Science

 

Digital Preservation 101, or, How to Keep Bits for Centuries

Digital archivists need to preserve electronic records permanently. This presentation will cover the prevailing model for long-term digital preservation along with the requirements of a trustworthy digital repository. The presentation will also cover preferred file formats for long-term storage; a small detour through digital forensics and FRED machines; and why archivists cry themselves to sleep at night when the general public conflates “archives” with “backup copies” of data.
Speaker:
Julie Swierczek, Digital Asset Manager and Archivist, Harvard Art Museums

 

The Multi-Modal Curriculum: Decisions for Reusability and Integration

When designing a curriculum across multiple modalities, important decisions must be made around learning platforms, marketing, time and resource investment, and the creation of custom assets. Join us as we discuss lessons learned and promising practices uncovered through the development of GSE3x: Introduction to Data Wise, a new HarvardX course serving as the foundation of an entire curriculum comprising follow-on, paid experiences offered in online, blended, and face-to-face formats.
Speakers:
Bonnie Anderson, Manager of Instructional Design, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Kathryn Parker Boudett, Lecturer on Education, Director of the Data Wise Project, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

SBGrid Data Bank: A Big Data Repository for Structural Biology

SBGrid Data Bank (SBGridDB) supports archiving, discovery, and sharing of the experimental datasets that structural biologists publish in scientific journals. The repository integrates with the Harvard Medical School Isilon storage and issues Dynamic Object Identifiers through EZID system. Data archived by SBGridDB at Harvard is replicated to other institutions through data-pasb.org alliance. Current implementation and future plans to integrate with Dataverse and OMERO will be presented.
Speaker:
Jason Key, Technical Project Leader, SBGrid.org/Harvard Medical School

 

Why Security Research and Collaboration is Important
(Exhibitor Session)

Accessing an organized security community – using the methodologies, expertise, and efforts of other researchers – encourages the reporting of zero-day attacks and vulnerabilities to affected vendors by rewarding contributors, and allows you to protect your students, faculty, and users while the vendors are working on patches. This session will discuss ways to better protect, such as having a web portal for submitting vulnerabilities and tracking statuses; working with verified researchers; and forming strong partnerships with vendors to get a better vision into your security risk profile.
Speaker:
Rob Aragao, CISSP, Security Strategist, HP Enterprise Security, Hewlett-Packard Company

 

12:15 pm

Lunch and Exhibit Area

 

12:30 pm

Brown Bag Seminars

Building Bridges – Connecting Software Quality Organizations across Harvard Campuses

Smart phones, security threats, big data, new technology…. As the software landscape diversifies, delivery schedules tighten, and teams shrink, Quality Assurance must still keep pace. Are you facing these challenges? Feel like you work on an island, with no lifeboat in sight? Enter the Harvard Quality coalition, formed to bring QA professionals together!  We bridge the schools, sharing knowledge and best practices. Already the collaboration has yielded amazing time-saving results. Join us to hear more about our charter.
Speakers:
Bhanu Bahl, CTSC Director of Informatics Program Management, Harvard Medical School
Tanu Jain, Quality Assurance Manager, Product Development, Corporate Learning, Harvard Business Publishing
Patricia Wood, Quality Assurance Manager, Harvard Business Publishing
Sarah Edrie, Director of Quality Engineering, Harvard Business School Information Technology
Johanna Collins, Principal Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Harvard Business School Information Technology

 

Driving with Purpose: Logic Modeling the Standard iSites Migration

How do we get from here to there? Too often, deadlines, rather than ultimate goals, drive project activities. The Standard iSites Migration project planners are using logic modeling to help articulate, communicate, and evaluate activities directly relevant to project goals. This presentation will link logic modeling to the standard project planning tools offered by the PMO and demonstrate how to put valued goals in the driver’s seat while keeping the project firmly on track.
Speakers:
Shirah Hecht, Program Evaluator, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology
Kathleen Stuart, Senior Product Manager, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Smart Device Testing: Strategizing the Smarter Way

Smart devices have become the next big thing in the technology world and have become an integral part of the way consumers access our applications. The greater the demand, the greater the risk of data and privacy breach. As a quality engineer, it is imperative to strategize the right kind of mobile testing methodologies that allow deployment and support of mobile applications in a cost-effective and timely manner, while reducing the risk.
Speaker:
Tukash Mukhopadhya, Software Quality Assurance Engineer, Harvard Catalyst

 

Development/Deployment Process in Web Development at LTS, as Case Study

This is an attempt to provide something like a taxonomy of the components of "modern" web development process in dynamic languages, with examples from Ruby and Python projects at LTS. The speaker will go over the process for deployment from development to running in production. He will try to cover version control, preprocessing of CSS/JS, tools for isolating dependencies and execution environment, externalizing configuration, database migrations, and single-command deployment and remote control. Some of these will be covered in more depth than others. Ruby examples will be more fleshed out than Python examples. PHP equivalents will be mentioned in passing.
Speaker:
Dave Mayo, Software Engineer, Library Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Making Sense of IT Systems Log Data with Splunk

How HUIT is handling increasing volumes of log data from multiple sources, both on premise and in the cloud. Learn how Splunk helps provide insight to teams in HUIT, and how to extract value out of your logs.
Speaker:
Luke Sullivan, Manager, Network Systems, Harvard University Information Technology

 

1:10 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 2

Research Computing at Harvard

Panelists will discuss the current and future state of research computing and what it actually means. From big iron to big data, from gigascale to exascale, and from hard science to humanities, what is Harvard doing with research computing? Attend this session to find out all of the details about research computing at Harvard.
Speakers:
James Cuff, Assistant Dean for Research Computing, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Gabriele Fariello, Assistant Dean for Computing and Chief Information Officer, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Brad Alan Chapman, Research Scientist, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health
V. Judson Harward, Director of Research Computing for the Arts and Humanities, Academic Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology
Richard McCullough, Vice Provost for Research, Office of the President and Provost, Harvard University
Edward Pyzer-Knapp, Post-Doctoral Fellow in Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University

 

The "Last Password" to Rule Them All

Sick and tired of trying to remember all of your online account passwords? Or worse, do you use one password for everything? Not to fear, Harvard has you covered! This talk will start by highlighting the benefits and setbacks of using password managers and then delve into some technical issues specific to Harvard's free (!) password manager solution: LastPass.
Speaker:
Miguel Sanchez, Information Security Specialist, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Quality Meter: Tools to Gauge Project/Product Health

QA engineers test software, but they can also be empowered to quantify the health of the technology of a product and development process in all phases of the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC). In this panel discussion, members of Harvard Catalyst’s QA Shared Service will share real-life best practices, process improvements, tools, and testing strategies that have had a real impact on the quality of the products developed by Harvard Catalyst – from the beginning of the Agile Software Development Life Cycle, all the way through deployment.
Speakers:
Thomas Naughton, Software Quality Assurance Analyst, Harvard Medical School
Quality Assurance Shared Service Team at Harvard Catalyst

 

IDEO: Human-Centered Design – Multimedia-Enhanced Teaching and Learning

As technology matures, so does the demand for dynamic, media-rich educational content. HBS Professor Ryan Buell worked with his school’s educational technology developers to produce a multimedia case study that focused on human-centered innovation at IDEO, one of the world’s leading design firms. Professor Buell will demo the case and discuss how multimedia enhanced the teaching and learning experience for him, a team of his fellow faculty, and 900 first-year MBA students.
Speakers:
Ryan Buell, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
Dave Habeeb, Lead Multimedia Developer, Educational Technology Services, Harvard Business School Information Technology
Ruth Page, Senior Multimedia Producer, Harvard Business School Information Technology

 

Enabling Cross-University Collaboration with Harvard IAM: TIER, InCommon, and Grouper

Learn how HUIT's Identity & Access Management program has deployed an identity provider that enables Harvard Community members to gain secure, simple access to research, learning, and collaboration materials across the American higher education community as a Bronze-certified provider in Internet2's InCommon Federation – a pool of 8 million participants across 470 universities and 33 government/nonprofit agencies. Plus, hear how Harvard is taking part in other cutting-edge efforts for collaboration in the higher-ed identity space, including the Grouper enterprise access management system and – at a higher level – the Trust and Identity in Education and Research (TIER) initiative, devoted to growing the ecosystem of federated identity in higher ed.
Speakers:
Scott Bradner, Senior Technology Consultant, Harvard University Information Technology
Jane Hill, Director, Identity and Access Management Product Management, Harvard University Information Technology
Jason Snyder, Managing Director, Architecture and Engineering, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Enabling Job-Embedded Professional Development through Learning Communities with Technology

In this workshop, we will present a conceptual model for professional preparation that is team-based, job-embedded, and technology-enabled, which we have tested using the Canvas LMS platform in a program of preparation for education leaders in UNICEF. We will compare this experience with traditional master’s degree studies in education policy and leadership. Participants will learn ways to design and develop job-embedded online learning experiences for professionals.
Speakers:
Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of Practice in International Education, Faculty Director, International Education Policy Program Faculty, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Malik Hussain, Educational Technology and Instructional Design Consultant, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

The Process of Communication, A Practical Guide for Project Managers

Communication is not about knowing the process. Communication is about managing the process. A successful project manager communicates effectively by setting and managing expectations throughout the lifecycle of a project and, by doing so, creates redundancy in a fluid industry. The importance of a simple and redundant communication framework cannot be overstated. Referencing his book, The Process of Communication, the speaker will outline a clear and concise communication plan that can overlay any production methodology.
Speaker:
Michael E. Gill, Senior Project Manager, Harvard Business School

 

Don't Get Caught in a Blizzard! Avoiding Snowflakes in Cloud Migrations

Chaos monkeys love “snowflakes” – those one-off, special services and setups that are particularly vulnerable to crashes and problems with application and infrastructure management. In this talk, we offer a behind-the-scenes look at how the Cloud/DevOps group set things up to avoid snowflakes when migrating to the cloud, while also making it faster and easier for service teams to get their work done.
Speakers:
Magnus Bjorkman, Director of Solution Architecture, IAM Engineering, Harvard University Information Technology
Erica Bradshaw, Director of Enterprise Engineering, Harvard University Information Technology
Steve Martino, Director of Cloud Operations, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Canvas and the Case Method: Canvas at HBS

The core of the case method has not changed in over 50 years, but the tools and technologies used to facilitate case-based teaching and learning have evolved at a rapid rate. During this session, presenters will discuss how HBS is utilizing Canvas to support case-based teaching and learning, promote collaboration in new and meaningful ways, and share best practices and lessons learned over the course of the HBS Canvas pilot. Presenters will illustrate how the lessons learned in the pilot will be applied during the Canvas roll-out at HBS.
Speakers:
Paul Craig, Associate Director, Learning Technology Services, Educational Technology Services, Harvard Business School Information Technology
Andy Hyde, Instructional Designer, Educational Technology Services, Harvard Business School Information Technology
Jeanne Po, Director, Learning Technologies and Instructional Design Services, Educational Technology Services, Harvard Business School Information Technology

 

Academic Technology Support at DCE

The Academic Technology Support (ATS) Team serves faculty and students in about 700 Extension School and about 350 Summer School courses a year. Approximately half of the fall and spring courses are online or have an online component. We’ll discuss how we provide technical, design, and training support in the following areas: websites, video streams, web conference, and exams. When working with faculty, we strive to make their pedagogy – rather than the technology – the focus.
Speakers:
Joanna Do, Academic Technologist, Division of Continuing Education
Susan Goldstein, Educational Technology Coordinator, Division of Continuing Education
Michael Kilmurray, Academic Technology Support Specialist, Division of Continuing Education
Sarah Ledoux, Managing Academic Technologist, Division of Continuing Education

 

Transform Business Processes with Smart Technology
(Exhibitor Session)

As more business documents are converted to digital files – and mobile information access becomes a way of life for the students, faculty, and staff of the millennial generation – innovative institutions are going beyond simple paperless operations. They are exploring creative ways to automate, optimize, and transform business processes for student success and operational efficiency. Using real-life solution designs from higher education, the session will explore how to leverage smart technology such as e-forms, workflow, and records management – powered by enterprise content management (ECM) – to transform how the university standardizes data collection, streamlines student-university communications, and meets Harvard records retention requirements.
Speakers:
Linda Ding, Education Program Strategist, Laserfiche
Thomas Phelps, IV, Chief Information Officer and Chief Corporate Strategist, Laserfiche

 

Streaming Analytics and Emerging Technologies
(Exhibitor Session)

In a world where the speed of data is getting faster, traditional analytics are moving from the historical batch analysis to streaming analysis. Tweets, trading data, and other online streams are regularly being mined by streaming analytics. What are the emerging technologies that are coming about to assist in this new world of streaming analytics and how is that relevant to individuals in all professions?
Speaker:
Keith Manthey, CTO Analytics, Emerging Technologies Division, EMC

 

2:00 pm

Networking Break

 

2:25 pm

CONCURRENT SESSIONS 3

 

Defense against the Dark Arts

Ensuring the security of your data and the privacy of your own information is becoming more and more important, but how to do so is also becoming increasingly complicated and confusing. As new exploits are described – and new and larger hacks are reported – one could be forgiven for thinking that there is nothing that can really be done and just giving up. In fact, there are simple things that you (and the community) can do to help ensure your security and online privacy. There are some adversaries that you may not be able to defeat, but most of us are not of interest to them. Knowing from whom you are defending yourself is the first step in good security and privacy practice and, from that base, one can put together a simple set of tools that will keep your data from leaking and your privacy from evaporating. This session will describe some mechanisms that can be used by everyone to think about how to assess the real risks that they face. We will then discuss simple mechanisms that will help you combat the threats that are real, recognize those that you don’t really need to worry about, and still be able to do your job and be a citizen of the net without paying unacceptable costs.
Speakers:
Christian Hamer, Chief Information Security Officer, IT Security, Harvard University Information Technology
Jim Waldo, Chief Technology Officer, Harvard University Information Technology; Gordon McKay Professor of Practice of Computer Science, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

 

Collaboration in Science and Technology

Until recently, the criteria used in assessing and engaging people for the advancement of science and technology have been focused on skills and contributions of single individuals in these fields, and not been carefully evaluated based on their success. As science and technology are increasingly becoming collaborative and social ventures, and it is now seldom the case that the impact of a single individual is crucial, the criteria for and stereotypes of the successful scientific or technical leader should change accordingly. Changing the criteria and stereotypes results in a larger and more diverse talent pool available to advance and lead science and technology, creating teams that not only leverage diverse perspectives, but also are collectively smarter.
Speaker:
Mercè Crosas, Director of Data Science, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
http://scholar.harvard.edu/mercecrosas

 

Making the Case for UX

A cross-Harvard UX group has formed for the purpose of supporting each other and the greater Harvard community, ultimately to provide guidelines and best practices for methodologies, research, and inserting UX into development processes. Join a discussion of case studies of UX projects with members of the group.
Speakers:
Andrew Malone, Senior Systems Operations Analyst, Financial Systems Solutions
Dan Cabral, User Interface Developer, Institute for Quantitative Social Science
Dorian Freeman, User Experience Lead, Harvard Web Publishing, Harvard University Information Technology
JaZahn Clevenger, Senior Software Engineer, Academic Technology Group, Harvard University Information Technology
Mike Petroff, Digital Content Strategist, Office of Digital Strategy, Harvard Public Affairs and Communications
Roderick Morales, Web Production Designer, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Harvard University Information Technology
Vittorio Bucchieri, Senior User Experience Lead, Teaching and Learning Technologies, Harvard University Information Technology

 

LaunchPad: Supporting Student Innovation through Space, Programming, and IT Partnerships

Today’s students seek out opportunities to collaborate, innovate, and create. Over the past year, HGSE IT engaged faculty and students to reimagine an existing computer lab as a collaborative hub. The LaunchPad is now home to ongoing programming, informal learning opportunities, and an annual education hackathon. Join HGSE faculty, staff, and students as we unpack our project vision, strategies for engaging internal and external partners, careful allocation of resources, and frameworks for evaluation and programming.
Speakers:
Joe Blatt, Senior Lecturer on Education and Faculty Director, Technology, Innovation, and Education Program, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Brandon Pousley, Ed.M.'13, Senior Academic Technologist, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Rob Wessman, Ed.L.D. Candidate and HIVE Co-Director, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Cindy Yang, Ed.M.'15, Mobilizr Co-Founder, Harvard Graduate School of Education

 

Introducing the New My.Harvard Student Information System

The new My.Harvard will transform the way students, faculty, advisors, and staff interact with the University. Learn about our progress and how we have created an exciting user experience that will make enrolling for classes, keeping up with advisees, and accessing data easier than ever.
Speaker:
Jason Shaffner, Managing Director, Student Information Systems, Harvard University Information Technology

 

HUIT's Approach to Service Management: ITIL Processes to Service Taxonomy

Over the last couple of years, HUIT has laid a service management foundation by implementing key ITIL processes. Building on that base, one of the organization’s top 2015 goals has been to continue improving its practices, with a particular focus on service taxonomy. Learn about HUIT’s efforts in this area and its collaboration with service owners to enhance delivery through self-service, the service catalog, communications, and more. Related materials (e.g., templates and guides) will be made available.
Speakers:
Peter Baskette, Managing Director, Support Services, Harvard University Information Technology
Maria Curcio, Director of IT Service Management, Harvard University Information Technology

 

Digital Video @ Harvard

A panel highlighting the services of the still-evolving Digital Video Services group within HUIT, and profiling several schools’ video success stories, using Kaltura video content management, MediaSite lecture capture, 3PlayMedia closed captioning, and other video systems and services including integration with Canvas learning management system. Q&A will cover technical, creative, organizational, and interoperability questions.
Speakers:
Benjamin Bielak, Director, Academic Technology Platforms, Harvard University Information Technology
Greg Carpenter, Senior Project Manager, Digital Video Services, Harvard University Information Technology
Ian Tosh, Manager of Media and Educational Technology Services, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
Eleni Kaxiras, Assistant Director for Educational Technology, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Kevin Lau, Instructional Technology Manager, Harvard Graduate School of Design
Maggie Janik, Multimedia Producer, Harvard Graduate School of Design

 

APIs for Access to the Collections of the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Library

In July 2013, the Harvard Art Museums launched its API in order to make its collection of 250,000 works of art and all aspects of its new building more open and easily accessible. In November 2014, the Harvard Library announced general availability of Library Cloud, an API for searching multiple library collections through a single access point. In this session, attendees will learn the details of how and why the Harvard Art Museums and Harvard Library built their APIs and where they are headed in the coming years.
Speakers:
Randy Stern, Director of Systems Development, Library Technology Services, Harvard University Information Technology
Jeff Steward, Director of Digital Infrastructure and Emerging Technology, Harvard Art Museums

 

Creating Digital Learning Units for International Policymakers

This session explores how online learning was used to reach a global audience of policy professionals. To increase the capacity of policymakers to use evidence in decision-making, HKS faculty and staff created four digital units for the professional development of civil servants in India and Pakistan. These interactive Articulate Storyline units were deployed online and offline, as part of blended curricula at national training institutions. We will address project successes and challenges, instructional and technical insights, and lessons for future innovation.
Speakers:
Maria Flanagan, Instructional Design and Technology Specialist, SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence) Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Mae Klinger, Technology and Learning Assistant, SLATE Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School
Dan Levy, Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Faculty Chair, SLATE Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School

 

HBX, an 18-Month Adventure into the Cloud

In the spring of 2014, HBX, a new initiative aimed at creating a transformational online learning experience, launched two online courses: Disruptive Strategy (DTSRAT), offered to managers of select companies, and CORe (Credential of Readiness), a primer on business fundamentals targeting undergraduates and non-business graduate students. Leveraging Agile methodologies, open source tools, and cloud computing, a team of content experts, engineers, and program staff worked with HBS faculty to build a technology platform to support a distinctive form of pedagogy. Video cases, simulations, exercises, and tools that ensure individual and peer-to-peer learning are integrated together to deliver a highly engaging experience. This presentation will provide an overview of the platform technology and features and give insight into what structures HBX put in place to scale and achieve delivery excellence on a global scale. The team will also share key challenges and objectives as HBX looks forward.
Speaker:
Elizabeth Hess, Senior Managing Director, HBX, Harvard Business School

 

Visualizing Russian

The Russian language as a complex, but largely rule-governed linguistic system, presents an overwhelming variety of grammatical forms playing out along multiple semantic dimensions and presenting a seemingly insurmountable task for the language learner. Using JavaScript and the D3 library, we are developing a data visualization incorporating more than 150 data fields for each Russian word, including grammatical, morphological, and semantic information along with word and form frequencies. This larger database is, in turn, made available to students and teachers in the form of pedagogical groupings based on textbook chapters, previously covered material, and even ad hoc collections of lexemes. The database can be interacted with through a browser and touch-screens, bringing to life the aspects of compression and expansion that ripple through the entire project.
Speakers:
Steven Clancy, Senior Lecturer on Slavic Languages and Literatures, Director of the Slavic Language Program, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Christopher Morse, Humanities Research Computing Specialist, Harvard University Arts, Humanities Research Computing

 

Grow Your Business with Project Management Practices

To work more efficiently and successfully at any business, and to effectively take any business to the top, it is important to implement sound project management principals. This session will discuss ways to incorporate processes and automation into an entrepreneur’s mindset, as well as look at strategies to free individuals from routine and encourage cutting-edge business techniques. The speaker of this session will lend her personal experience and stories for consistently growing and sustaining multi-million dollar companies without burnout.
Speaker:
Swati Shirname, Program Manager, Harvard Business School Information Technology

 

The Value of Networking in the Cloud Economy
(Exhibitor Session)

Virtualization, containerization,and network programmability are the dominant mega trends in networking and IT for the last years – and will continue to shape the deployment of new applications for the foreseeable future. The speaker will discuss the role of programmable network elements and flexible virtual network functions in enterprise and cloud environments. The speaker will also discuss how open source plays an accelerator role and de-facto standardization function in the deployment of new networking infrastructure and applications. Finally, how programmable networking and virtual network functions can be used to achieve business outcomes will be demonstrated.
Speaker:
Gerhard Wieser, Senior Director, Engineering, Chief Technology and Architecture Office, Cisco

 

3:15 pm

Networking Break

 

3:30 pm

Keynote Presentation

Frances Frei, Senior Associate Dean of Faculty Planning and Recruiting, Harvard Business School

 

4:15 pm

Recognition

 

4:30 pm

Closing Reception

 

5:30 pm

Adjourn