Professors, instructors these sessions are for you!

IMG_4304We’ve put together a series of sessions for faculty Thursday June 21st to help you keep up with what’s new and find out about the resources Microsoft has for you

Teaching courses is a lot of work, the constant pressure to keep courses relevant, and of course it’s not just teaching, there are expectations that you will build new industry partnerships, publish papers, bring in funding, serve on committees, how can you find time to keep up?

We want to help, so we’ve put together a series of sessions for you the faculty, to bring you up to speed on what’s new, and find out what resources we already have for you to use that can save you time when planning next year’s courses. You pick and choose the sessions that interests you! Microsoft Research? Gaming and graphics? Web? Mobile? Certification? Register today!

Here’s all the details about the sessions, as an added bonus for Canadian faculty we have a great package of resources to share with you as well. The first 100 faculty from Canada to register for any sessions will receive our package in the mail.

Virtual Faculty Summit

Thursday June 21st, 2012


Building mobile experiences that don’t suck

Speaker: Paul Laberge, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

11:00- 11:45 AM Eastern Time

Over the past 3-4 years, mobile apps have moved from a niche market for a select few developers and designers to a massive new economy across multiple platforms. Gone are the days where a mobile application is seen as an afterthought; it’s simply not enough for a mobile platform to be “good at email”. Many apps are poorly designed and could use significant improvement to their user experience. In this session, we’ll show you what your students as mobile app developers/designers should be thinking about when building apps for any mobile platform. We will go through a great number of topics including how to standardize the look and feel of your app to the platform, creating an effective and appealing user interface, implementing your idea for the mobile form factor and more.

Student thought leaders KNOW the cloud

Speaker: Jonathan Rozenblit, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

12:00-12:45 PM Eastern Time

As an instructor you are faced with the challenge of preparing your students to be thought leaders when they graduate in 1-5 years. You need to be aware of the disruptive technologies that are shaping the workplace, such as the Cloud. Integrate cloud computing concepts into your existing courses and prepare your students accordingly. In this session you will learn about Microsoft's cloud platform, Windows Azure, and the resources available to you as an instructor to leverage Windows Azure.

Responsive Web Design - The View of the World Depends on the Glasses I Wear

Speaker: Thomas Lewis, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

1:00 – 1:45 PM Eastern Time

There is no mobile Web, there is no desktop Web, and there is no tablet Web. We view the same Web just in different ways. So how do we do it? By getting rid of our fixed-width, device-specific approaches and using Responsive Web Design techniques. This session will focus on what is Responsive Web Design and how you can use its 3-pronged approach on current development which will adapt for new devices in the future.

How to get your students to the Imagine Cup Finals

Speaker: Andrew Parsons – Game Design category captain 2012 Worldwide Imagine Cup

2:00 – 2:45 PM Eastern Time

The Imagine Cup is one of the world’s premier technology competitions for students. 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of the Imagine cup and students from around the world are descending on Sydney Australia this July to compete in categories like Software Design, and Xbox Game Design. The competition presents a great opportunity to showcase the talent of your students. Imagine four of your students at a technology showcase for high schools, talking to graduating high school students, showing off their winning entry or maybe talking to a reporter about their trip to the world finals. In this session, we’ll talk about the Imagine Cup competition, and share some tips to help you ensure your teams have the best chance possible of succeeding in the competition.

The Windows 8 platform for Metro style apps

Speaker: Thomas Lewis, Technical Evangelist Microsoft Canada

3:00- 3:45 PM Eastern Time

Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined. Check out this session to learn about the new platform for building Metro style applications that will run on desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices (C++ or JavaScript anyone?), and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro style apps.

Collaborating with Microsoft Research Connections

Speaker: Derick Campbell, Microsoft Research

4:00 – 4:45 PM Eastern Time

Curious how Microsoft Research connects with faculty? Microsoft Research Connections is a division of Microsoft Research that collaborates with academic researchers and institutions to develop technologies that fuel data-intensive research in the effort to solve some of the most urgent global challenges.  Find out what free tools are available to help you with your research and where to find out about opportunities to engage with Microsoft Research Connections.

Microsoft IT Academy: Curriculum that leads to Certification

Speaker: Heidi Johnson IT Academy Product Manager

5:00 - 5:45 PM Eastern Time

Are you providing students with the skills they need for today’s jobs? The Microsoft IT Academy Program is a complete technology education solution connecting students, teachers, employers and local communities through a life-long learning model of leading-edge technology skills development. IT Academy provides access to engaging content that students need to expand their life skills and enhance their employment opportunities. This session will provide an overview of the updated IT Academy program and the curriculum resources and certification opportunities available for faculty and students. Over 750,000 certified….and still counting!

Building Games using Visual Studio 11 and DirectX

Speaker: Amit Mohindra Program Manager Visual Studio

6:00 – 6:45 PM Eastern Time

Visual Studio 11 brings the most significant set of improvements for developing graphics-intensive apps in over a decade. If you are teaching 2D or 3D game development to your students, there's something for you in this session. We will walk through all the new tools integrated into Visual Studio 11 that will make game programming a breeze.

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