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February #cloudchat: Cloud computing in education

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UPDATE: Melissa Woo, Network & Operations Director at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Kyle Johnson, Principal at Kyle Johnson Consulting, which focuses on integrating technology into higher ed, will join this Thursday’s #cloudchat panel.



With so many industries being permeated by cloud computing, we wanted to dig a little deeper into the practical ways that cloud is changing the way we live and work. For our February chat, we decided to focus on education, an industry that’s seeing a major shift on multiple levels thanks to cloud. From K-12 to higher ed, cloud is changing the experience for students and affording more resources for teachers.

We’ve lined up a panel of experts who are doing the actual work of implementing cloud in their institutions, and we’ll get to hear firsthand how they see education evolving. Learn more about the panelists below and find videos and other information related to cloud in education on our #cloudchat Facebook page.

Sharon Pitt, George Mason University, Executive Director Division for Instructional Technology

Sharon P. Pitt is executive director of the Division for Instructional Technology (DoIT) at George Mason University. DoIT supports excellence in research, teaching and learning at Mason. DoIT supports technology classrooms, technology learning spaces, learning management systems, Virginia’s virtual computing lab, and a university portal for the “Mason Nation.” Services include television production, media and multimedia, training, and teaching and learning support.

Sharon serves as Mason’s representative to the Southeastern Universities Research Association’s Information Technology Committee and the IBM Cloud Academy. In addition, she facilitates and coordinates Virginia’s annual software licensing
summits. She has served as the chair of the Electronic Campus of Virginia and the Learning Technology Advisory Council to the State Council of Higher Education of Virginia (SCHEV), as well as board chair of the Teaching and Learning Technology Collaborative of the University of North Carolina system. In 2004, Sharon was a Fellow of the Frye Leadership Institute.

Art Vandenberg, Georgia State University, Information Systems & Technology

Art Vandenberg is Account Manager, Information Systems and Technology (IS&T) Customer Relations at Georgia State University. Art has Master’s degrees in Painting & Drawing from Georgia State University and in Information & Computer Science from Georgia Tech. He has been at Georgia State University since 1997. He was the lead for Georgia State’s participation in the NSF Middleware Initiative Integration Testbed award to SURA/Internet2/EDUCAUSE from which SURAgrid originated. Other middleware activities include identity management, grid computing and implementation of high-performance clusters. Georgia State has recently deployed an IBM p7-755 Supercomputer and has implemented the Virtual Computing Lab cloud software on an IBM iDataplex. As Chair of the SURAgrid Governance Committee, Art works with Southeastern University Research Association members to build regional cyber infrastructure for research and education. He is liaison for Georgia State’s membership in the IBM Cloud Academy.

Kyle Johnson, Principal Consultant, Kyle Johnson Consulting

Kyle focuses on the thoughtful use of information and appropriate application of technology to help higher education institutions reach students more effectively, and he is passionate about helping institutions discover new and innovative ways to be successful.

Kyle was previously the Associate Provost for Information & Learning Resources at SUNY Institute of Technology in Utica, NY. In that role he provided vision, strategic and operational planning, and day to day oversight to Information and Learning Resources, a combined library/IT organization that also included instructional technology and tutoring.
Previous to his time at SUNYIT, Kyle served as Chief Technology Officer for Guilford College, the Executive Director of Student Life Technology at UNLV, and the Director of IT for Student Affairs at Duke University.

Melissa Woo, Director, Network & Operations Services, for University Information Technology Services at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee


Melissa provides general leadership and oversight for the central IT organization department responsible for enterprise infrastructure and operations services. Areas of oversight include: campus-wide services such as email and student information systems, data center infrastructure and operations, identity and access management, networking and telecommunications.

She previously worked for the central IT organization at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, overseeing systems and operations. Melissa is a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow, currently serves on the EDUCAUSE 2012 Conference Program Committee, and served on the EDUCAUSE Professional Development Advisory Committee. She completed her PhD in Biophysics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and her Bachelor’s degree in Biophysics at the University of California, Berkeley.

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As always, here’s the full rundown of how the #cloudchat works:

  • What: A tweetchat is an online conversation held at a pre-arranged time following a specific hashtag, in this case #cloudchat. You will need a Twitter ID to take part.
  • When: Thursday, February 9, at 4 p.m. ET, repeating the 2nd Thursday of every month at 4 p.m. ET.
  • Where: The chat can be followed on Twitter using the hashtag #cloudchat. Alternatively, log on and access the chat on twebevent. A recap will be posted on this blog the following Friday.
  • Why: To facilitate additional industry dialogue and provide a forum for questions, idea sharing, and problem solving. We want your input on what you’d like to discuss during future chats, so please leave a comment on this post or tweet @ibmcloud with topic ideas.
  • Who: Anyone and everyone is welcome to join!
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