DSU one of twenty IBM Academic Skills Cloud Participant schools

As never before, Education and Business Institutions are being challenged to do more with less while improving quality and getting better results. Increasingly, schools and universities are finding that they can no longer address this challenge incrementally. The requirement to ‘take cost out’ of their infrastructure while continuing to provide new and improved, innovative educational and administrative services has ushered in the emergence of ‘cloud computing’ as a new way of delivering services to learning communities.

Dakota State University is one of twenty college and universities across the country registered as an IBM Academic Skills Cloud participating school. This community of leaders will innovate with cloud computing in their institutions, and transforming education as result. The program allows Dakota State University to use IBM software in classrooms and labs at no charge delivered via IBM's cloud computing service in real time over the Internet. This saves the cost and effort of having to install, manage, and update the products on their own system.

“Cloud computing is defining the information technology landscape and academia is no exception,” says Dr. Omar El-Gayar, Dean of Graduate Studies and Director of Research at DSU. “One thing we are always in need of is ways to increase our computing capacity and capabilities without investing in new infrastructure, or licensing new software that can cost thousands of dollars. As a participating school, DSU faculty will have access to the same IBM software that our students will be using in the workforce. It will allow our faculty to infuse the latest tools in the classroom, providing yet another technology advantage for our students.” According to IBM, using the new IBM Academic Skills Cloud, faculty can help students access information technology curricula and courses from anywhere. Such access will differentiate DSU graduates by gaining key information technology skills that are becoming more prevalent and in higher demand in the marketplace.

The majority of the 20 designated pilot colleges and universities are on the east coast. El-Gayar worked with IBM to extend its program to the Midwest, and his fall 2011 class will be the first on campus to access the new technology.

Last Updated: 1/10/12