FAS Technology Renewal, at Science Center, Hall B, Thursday, June 25, 2015

For IT at Harvard, FY16 can be summarized by one word: Delivery. 

HUIT will deploy many new technologies this year, from Canvas to my.harvard to HarvardKey.

From the simplest things like registering for courses and grading student assignments to the most fundamental ways we communicate with one another by phone and email—we are making improvements. And it is all happening this year. Collectively we are calling these programs FAS Technology Renewal. 

The Multi-Modal Curriculum: Decisions for Reusability and Integration, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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.

Collaboration in Science and Technology, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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.

Don’t Get Caught in a Blizzard! Avoiding Snowflakes in Cloud Migrations, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

Chaos Monkeys love “snowflakes” — those one-off, special services and setups that are particularly vulnerable to crashes and problems with application and infrastructure management. This talk gives a behind-the-scenes look at how HUIT’s Cloud & DevOps group avoided snowflakes when migrating to the cloud while also making it faster and easier for service teams to get their work done.


Library as an IT Service (Interoperability through APIs), at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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.

Information Security Behind the Scenes (Yes, It's JUST Like CSI), at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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

The Process of Communication, A Practical Guide for Project Managers, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

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.

Teaching and Learning Technologies: Focus on Impact, at Harvard IT Summit, Thursday, June 4, 2015

A discussion and demonstration 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.