Oracle Academy News
This issue: September, 2014
Resource Corner

New Virtual Instructor-Led Faculty Training

If you are a faculty member who has wanted to join Oracle Academy courses but have been unable to travel, Oracle Academy’s newest offering is for you. In our Virtual Instructor-Led Training courses, certified Oracle instructors offer a classroom-like experience via web-based classes you can attend from anywhere you have access to the Internet. The virtual instruction environment is designed to deliver an engaging learning experience through the use of collaboration software, facilitating class discussion and peer collaboration on assignments and projects. Watch the Academy events calendar for upcoming classes!

Coders in Action

Oracle Academy member F.H. Köln, a student at UAS-Cologne, Campus Gummersbach, in Germany, created the eLearning Database Portal (EDB) to support students who want to deeply study databases and SQL. Made up of several web applications, EDB is also regularly used as a resource to aid in preparation for Oracle Certification exams, including the Oracle SQL Expert and Oracle SQL Fundamentals certification exams. This is a free and open resource check it out today!

Are you an Oracle Academy Coder in Action? Share your story with us.

Academy Events

Don’t miss Oracle Academy at these events:

TAFE Directors Australia – Sept. 1-2, 2014
Sydney, Australia

MSC Malaysia Talent Conference – Sept. 17-18, 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

SAIC-UNAM Punto y Coma – Sept. 17-19, 2014
Mexico City, Mexico

ACM-W Women in Computing Conference – September 25-26, 2014
Goa, India

Devoxx4Kids@JavaOne – Sept. 27, 2014
San Francisco, CA

EVI 2014 and CoNCISa 2014 – Sept. 29 - Oct. 3, 2014
Caracas, Venezuela

Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing – Oct. 8-10, 2014
Phoenix, AZ

SIGITE – Oct. 15-18, 2014
Atlanta, GA

INACAP Institute: Oracle Day – Oct. 22, 2014
Valparaiso, Chile

COMTEL 2014 – Oct. 22-25, 2014
Lima, Peru

CloseIT – Oct. 27-28, 2014
Washington, DC

ACTE Career Tech VISION – Nov. 19-22, 2014
Nashville, TN

Faculty members at Java Fundamentals training in Kenya

South African Teacher Trainers

Accounts Portal

We are pleased to announce the release of the Application Express (APEX) accounts portal for Introduction to Computer Science members. This portal allows faculty who have successfully completed SQL or PL/SQL training to request APEX accounts online. For details, access the FAQs and expand the Technology section.

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Regional “Ask the Oracle Experts” Webcasts

The Oracle Academy Ask the Oracle Experts series delivers webcasts and podcasts on the latest industry trends and technologies to students and faculty. Beginning in September, we are expanding our webcasts to local regions to provide attendees with additional opportunities to hear at convenient times and in local languages directly from Oracle experts on topics that are of particular interest to a region. Regional webcasts will be offered on a rotating schedule and will supplement the monthly global webcast. Visit Ask the Oracle Experts to register for an upcoming event.

Data Science Bootcamp Now Available in China

The online Oracle Academy Data Science Bootcamp video lecture series is now available in China. Don’t miss the videos posted in China’s social media space YouKu(优酷网) with Chinese titles and short descriptions.

Partnering to Close the IT Skills Gap

Technology drives the global economy, and Oracle Academy is engaged with partners around the world to help close the technology skills gap.

In Venezuela, Oracle Academy is working with Superatec, whose mission is to transform the lives of people in low income communities, creating opportunities for advancement through technology training, citizenship and employment. Oracle Academy recently provided an Alice training for instructors of the centers located in Caracas.

In the United States, Oracle Academy, Oracle PartnerNetwork Gold-level member MavenWire LLC, Iowa employer and Oracle customer Ruan Transportation Management Systems, and Iowa State University have come together to make available a program that will help students develop in-demand technology skills for transportation management and supply chain management prior to entering the workforce, making them career-ready and helping to close the skills gap.

In Kenya, 18 faculty members from Strathmore, Equity Foundation, and iHub convened at Strathmore University for a five-day Oracle Academy Java Fundamentals training in July, 2014. As part of ongoing strategic partnerships with Oracle Academy to develop IT skills in Kenya, each of the entities anticipates cascading the training; the Equity Foundation instructors will train 1700 students on Java, the Strathmore iLab and University instructors will train 240 high school teachers to teach their students Java, and the iHub instructor will train children ages 10-18 in Java summer camps.

Oracle Academy Members Experience Java 8

Oracle Academy faculty members in Taipei, Taiwan, gained hands on experience with Java 8 on July 28 at a Java Hackerspace event. The event included a live demonstration of Java 8 implemented on embedded devices like Raspberry Pi and Lego Mindstorm, and Lego Duke transforming into Robo Duke which gave attendees a unique view into the internals of our favorite Java mascot.

Oracle Academy Supports Local Java Competitions

In recent months, Oracle Academy was pleased to support Java competitions in Singapore and Romania.

The ITE-Oracle Academy Java Competition 2014 in Singapore was organized by the School of Electronics & Info-Comm Technology from Institute of Technical Education (ITE) College West, and supported by Oracle Academy and Media Development Authority (MDA). The competition challenged 68 teams of students to apply their critical thinking, creativity, and technology skills by designing an application or game using Java concepts with the theme “Let’s Create a Better Internet Together.”

In Romania, the National Association of IT Teachers and the Computer Science department at “Politehnica” University in Bucharest organized a “Code Something Useful for Education” hackathon based on the Romanian high school Java curricula for students aged 15-19. Oracle volunteers assisted with organizing and running the event, and Oracle Academy sponsored the prizes. The winning team of programmers produced a game called World Builder.

Academy Members Learn about Cloud Computing

Oracle Academy member students in the Philippines expanded their knowledge and skills when they participated in a virtual cloud computing seminar in June. Held at the Mapua Institute of Technology, the event was jointly hosted by Oracle Academy and DevCon, an organization that works to encourage students to pursue careers in computer science and coding.

Students and faculty from the Zhongnan University of Economics and Law (ZUEL) in Wuhan, China also learned about Oracle Cloud solutions and related technologies in an Oracle Academy-hosted guest lecture in June. In his lecture entitled “Smart Industries Based on Oracle Cloud Solutions,” Oracle consultant Liu Rui inspired new interest in the study of cloud computing as it relates to business.

Academy Brings Java to South African Schools

In conjunction with the Departments of Education and Economic Development, South Africa, Oracle Academy is taking Java to schools in the Western Cape. The project was launched early in 2014 with an initial focus on 20 teachers who will teach their 208 learners using the Oracle Academy curriculum. In recent months, 112 teachers have received training on Alice, Greenfoot, and Java.

Academy Grows Interest in CS in Latin America

In Lima, Peru, Oracle Academy recently participated in Virtualeduca, a multilateral cooperation initiative on education, innovation, competitiveness and development and the largest virtual education event in Latin America. Over the course of the event, Oracle Academy led six one-hour Alice Workshops for teachers from schools and universities, training more than 100 teachers. Participating teachers were invited to join a future Java training event as well.

Oracle Academy also inspired interest in Java and computer science among students and teachers from Brazil and the world at the last Robocup event, held in Joao Pessoa, Brazil. The symposium offers a unique venue for exploring various and intimate connections of theory and practice across a wide spectrum of research fields.

In Colombia, Oracle Academy was part of the Los Andes University summer camp for students ages 14-16. The theme this year was “Information Technology Closer to You,” and Oracle Academy was pleased to get students started with Java programming during a one-hour Alice workshop.

Students Learn Greenfoot in London

On July 11, Business in the Community (BitC) invited Oracle Academy to participate in their STEM event in London for students and teachers from local schools. Students had the opportunity to learn Greenfoot, and some of the especially enthusiastic students were set challenges to enhance the event’s demonstration games by writing their own Java code in Greenfoot. Oracle volunteers from the Oracle Women’s Leadership (OWL) program ran the student workshops.

Oracle Academy Hosts Computer Science Day

On June 20, Oracle Academy hosted Goa University students from Masters of Computer Application (MCA) and Bachelors in Techology (B.Tech) courses at Computer Science Day. Held in collaboration with the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), the day offered students a hands-on session learning Alice, an innovative 3D programming interface created at Carnegie Mellon University.

VIT Chennai Learns about Databases

In July, close to 150 students and faculty members from Vellore Institute of Technology (VIT) in Chennai, India attended an Oracle Academy technology lecture on databases. Attendees learned about real-world industry problems and explored a variety of possible solutions, got tips on the best ways to stay current on the latest technologies, and participated in an interactive question and answer session.

Students in China Hone Business Technology Skills

Oracle Academy was pleased to support the fourth Enterprise Information Management Solutions contest held in June at Tianfu College of Southwest University of Economics and Finance (SWUFE) in China. Participating students from 8 teams delivered complete, optimized solutions using Oracle technology to solve a bottleneck problem, demonstrating their knowledge of financials, human resources management, business intelligence, and logistics management. The Oracle student club at SWUFE gives students the opportunity to learn and experiment with different aspects of innovative thinking.

Oracle Becomes Silver Sponsor of ICICTE

In July, Oracle Academy sponsored the International Conference of ICT in Education (ICICTE) 2014 in Kos, Greece. The conference addressed the many challenges and new directions presented by technological innovations in educational settings and brought together an international community of scholars and practitioners in a forum setting. The Oracle Academy presented Oracle’s investment in IT skills development through the Oracle Academy program.

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