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Wednesday, August 13 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Computational Thinking- Online Curricula for HPC

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There are numerous reports identifying a critical need to prepare current and future generations of researchers and practitioners to utilize high performance computing systems to advance scientific discovery. 


Programs to teach the skills needed among the HPC community are inadequate to address the needs of the international community.  Very few colleges and universities are teaching the advanced topics needed to prepare the HPC workforce.  As a result a handful of research universities and HPC centers are developing and offering formal and informal sessions to address the gap.  In order to engage and prepare a larger and more diverse community of practitioners, considerable effort is being devoted to developing on-line web-based learning opportunities.  Numerous academic, governmental, and industrial organizations are developing these programs to respond to this need nationally and internationally through formal credit-bearing courses, MOOCs, summer schools, professional development programs, and so forth. 


The goal of this session is to engage the community in discussing the challenges and opportunities for providing high quality on-line training and education programs.  The session will include a presentation and discussion of the following topics:


  1. Infrastructure: range of technologies now in use and the requirements for developing additional technologies to advance the infrastructure for on-line learning.


  1. Certification of learning: mechanisms for certifying and acknowledging that participants have achieved the learning goals set for on-line learning programs.


  1. Institutional Perspectives: credit for instructors handling remote online learners, models for payment to incentivize the variety of delivery modes of instruction and assistance, motivations for students to take on-line courses, potential problems with pre-requisite skills across different institutions, and overall quality control issues.


  1. 4.      Opportunities for Collaboration: how to facilitate on-going information sharing for developing on-line tools, resources, methods, and content.  Included will be strategies for disseminating this information among the international community.  


Wednesday August 13, 2014 3:00pm - 4:30pm PDT
Wolf 307