If an artist were to draw Mary Ellen Schmider’s life, it might be a series of loops. That’s because the adjunct professor at University of Maryland University College (UMUC) keeps circling back to past interests and adventures.
Or maybe she never left them.Continue Reading
University of Maryland University College (UMUC) presents “Thursday Thoughts,” a new series of Facebook Live interviews moderated by UMUC Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer, Ph.D., and featuring discussions with UMUC scholar-practitioner faculty members and noted special guests on a wide range of timely topics in higher education.
Watch the latest interview. On June 28, Barry Douglass, program chair of the systems engineering specialization under UMUC’s Master of Science in Information Technology degree program, talked about the developing systems-engineering field—a discipline that’s increasingly critical to the “success of our ever more complex technological society.”Continue Reading
Barry Douglass, Ph.D., describes himself as “engineering through and through,” and says he is pleased to focus his career on systems engineering because it is a “growing field of knowledge increasingly critical to the success of our ever more complex technological society.”
This Thursday June 28, Douglass, program chair of the systems engineering specialization under the Master of Science in Information Technology degree program at University of Maryland University College (UMUC), outlines the trends that may have the greatest impact on the information technology field in the months ahead—the tools and trends that ultimately will change how we work.Continue Reading
Mwalimu Phiri, part of a three-member team from University of Maryland University College (UMUC), stood before a panel of judges in Shanghai, China, discussing the impact of air pollution in sub-Saharan Africa. The presentation focused on how traditional cooking and heating fuels compromise the health of 3 billion people every year, disproportionately children under age 5.
The “Effects of Household Air Pollution” project may have focused on big data, but it was a photo of a young child building a wood fire in Zambia that captured the audience’s attention at the May 29 presentation.
It was a photo of Phiri.Continue Reading
There is a lot of unrecognized talent walking around America, Dr. Peter Smith, told viewers during his June 14 live interview on Facebook. “From a policy perspective, that’s a huge national problem that is hurting our country,” added University of Maryland University College (UMUC) Orkand Endowed Chair and professor of innovative practices in higher education.
See Smith’s interview, moderated by UMUC Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer Alan Drimmer, on UMUC’s Facebook page.Continue Reading
“The plain fact is that millions of Americans have historically faced huge barriers to getting the education and the jobs that they want.” – Excerpted from “Free-Range Learning in the Digital Age: The Emerging Revolution in College, Career, and Education,” by Dr. Peter SmithContinue Reading
Peter Smith, educator and author, asks two questions.
How much of what you know did you learn in a college classroom?
How much of what you know did you learn from personal and on-the-job experience?
If the answer is—as he expects—that you learned far more from your experience outside the classroom, he then asks a third.Continue Reading
Take an already stressed water supply system. Add climate change to the mix. You now have a recipe for significant challenges that not only affect water use—but also its availability.Continue Reading
Program Aired in April on Maryland Public Television
University of Maryland University College’s (UMUC) rich history of globetrotting professors came to life recently in a documentary that follows the university’s seven-decade mission of educating military personnel stationed overseas.
Entitled “Over There: The Adventures of Maryland’s Traveling Faculty,” the documentary follows the path of Maryland’s “Academic Foreign Legion” who adopted “Have Syllabus Will Travel” as their motto and hopped from military base to military base, sometimes in war zones, to offer college classes to the troops. View the program in its entirety from the Maryland Public Television video archive page here.Continue Reading
Join University of Maryland University College (UMUC) on May 31 for the second in a series of ongoing “Thursday Thoughts” interviews via Facebook Live. This week’s discussion is on climate change with Robert Ouellette, Ph.D., program chair and professor of Environmental Management in The Graduate School.
Dr. Ouellette has extensive knowledge in the areas of science, technology and business and will share his thoughts on the politics and economics of climate change. Watch the live interview at 1 p.m. ET on UMUC’s Facebook page.Continue Reading