Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Welcome to the April 2014 ACM Learning Center Bulletin, keeping you current on the many online learning tools ACM offers to help extend our members' skills and knowledge. To suggest addition of books, courses; future Tech Packs or Webinar topic; or just offer feedback, leave a note in the Learning Center Suggestion Box.


Learning Center Tech Packs

Register for May 22 Webcast with Peter Neumann: "Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum"
Register TODAY to attend our next webcast, "Lessons from the ACM Risks Forum" at 12 pm ET (11 am CT/10 am MT/9 am PT/4 pm GMT). Peter Neumann, ACM Fellow and Principal Scientist at the Software Research Institute (SRI) will lead a free-wheeling discussion of lessons learned from almost 30 years of the ACM Risks Forum. Will Tracz, Lockheed Martin Fellow Emeritus and Chair of ACM SIGSOFT, will moderate the lively event, which will be heavily driven by audience questions and comments.

Click here to register for this free webinar—and feel free to share the link with interested friends and colleagues. (If you'd like to attend but can't make it to the virtual event, you still need to register to receive a recording of the webinar when it becomes available.) You can stream this and all ACM Learning Webinars on your mobile device, including smartphones and tablets. And check out our past events, all available on demand.

See Andrew Ng's April 23 MOOC Webinar on Demand
Andrew Ng's April 23 talk, "The Online Revolution: Education for Everyone", is now available on demand. Tune in as Ng, Co-founder of Coursera and Director of the Stanford Artificial Intelligence Lab, reports on a far-reaching experiment in education, and why he believes this model can provide both an improved classroom experience for our on-campus students, via a flipped classroom model, as well as a meaningful learning experience for the millions of students around the world who would otherwise never have access to education of this quality. UC Berkeley professor and 2013 ACM Fellow Marti Hearst moderates the Q&A discussion with the audience.

Explore New IT and Desktop Video Collection
All ACM members now have access to Skillsoft's collection of 1000+ IT and desktop videos 3-5 minutes in length, covering a variety of technical topics as well as productivity software. IT areas of coverage include Business Skills for IT Professionals, Cloud Computing and Virtualization, Data and Databases, Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Networks and Telecommunications, Operating Systems and Servers, Security, Software Design and Development, and Web Development and Graphic Design. Desktop areas of coverage include Business Applications, Graphics and Design, IBM Notes, Internet, Microsoft Office 2010, Microsoft Office 2013, Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, Mobile Devices and Computer Skills, and Operating Systems. Here are just a few of the topics you'll find in the video library:
  • Adobe AIR, ColdFusion, DreamWeaver, Flash, Flex, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Premiere Elements
  • Agile development (SCRUM)
  • Android, iOS, and Windows Phone 8 application development
  • Microsoft PowerShell
  • Microsoft SharePoint 2013
  • Objective-C programming
  • PHP scripting
  • REST architecture
  • Ruby on Rails
  • Unity framework (game coding)
  • Waterfall software practices
These short videos are intended as "on-the-job support": they complement our courseware and e-book collection, highlighting specific tasks and features for users that are familiar with the relevant software or hardware applications. The videos cover hundreds of topics, giving learners the support they need when they need it. Explore all available videos by logging into Books 24x7 and browsing by IT and Technical Video Topics or Desktop Video Topics.

Learning Center

Featured MK Title: Heuristic Search
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Heuristic Search. Authors Stefan Edelkamp and Stefan Schroedl balance discussion between theoretical analysis and efficient implementation and application to real-world problems, detailing current developments in search such as pattern databases and search with efficient use of external memory and parallel processing units on main boards and graphics cards.

This is just one of 225 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress in ACM's e-book collection, now with greater and fresher coverage of the most bleeding-edge topics in computing, such as Big Data, Cybersecurity, Human-Computer Interaction, Parallel Computing, and more. The books are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and are downloadable to your desktop, laptop, tablet, and any popular e-book reader on your mobile device. All members (Student and Professional) can access them through the ACM Learning Center ebook catalogue as well as the ACM Digital Library.

Featured Skillsoft Course: ICND1 2.0: Networking, Communications, and LANs
Learners pursuing Cisco certifications and studying for Exam 100-101 ICND1 should start with ICND1 2.0: Networking, Communications, and LANs, which describes the concept of computer networking, introduces the components of a computer network, and explains how users benefit from using networks. You'll learn how network processes function, including the various components of networks and the transmission of data, and the structure and purpose of the most commonly used protocol stack TCP/IP. The course introduces the OSI model and describes the TCP/IP protocol stack and its layers. It ends by describing LAN components, introducing switches and their role in the local networks. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.

Featured Safari Video: Learning Oracle PL/SQL Programming
Are you taking advantage of ACM's collection of IT learning videos from Safari Books Online? Our library includes dozens of titles for your streaming convenience, all from some of prominent authors and training experts, and publishers like InfiniteSkills, O'Reilly, Pearson, Prentice Hall, Que, Sams, and Wrox.

In Learning Oracle PL/SQL Programming, Lewis Cunningham, one of an elite group of Oracle ACE Directors, and a certified PL/SQL developer, demonstrates how to utilize the procedural language extension for SQL in the Oracle relational database. Starting with the basic outline of what PL/SQL is, you will learn about data types, flow control, errors, and more. You will explore strings, numbers, booleans, and arrays. From there, Lewis jumps into creating programs, using if statements, loops functions, how to handle exceptions, using packages, and even objects. Extensive working files are included so you can work alongside the author as he trains you in the use PL/SQL.

ACM Podcasts with Leaders, Innovators, and Entrepreneurs
Tune in as the leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs advancing computing as a science and a profession discuss their background, experience, and career highlights, all while providing invaluable insights and lessons learned for future computing professionals in this ongoing series of exclusive interviews conducted by Stephen Ibaraki, Chair of the ACM Professional Development Committee.

Tech Packs

Tech Packs: Expert-Curated Readings on Hot Computing Topics
Have you looked at a Tech Pack yet? These innovative, integrated learning packages covering today's hottest topics in computing are created by subject matter expert committees who curate essential readings, such as foundational journal papers, conference proceedings, keynotes, and more. TechPacks available to members include: Other Tech Packs are in development on topics including Big Data, Bioinformatics, Computing Ethics and Professionalism, Machine Learning, Software as a Service, and Virtualization. Have a suggestion for another Tech Pack topic? Leave it in the Tech Pack Suggestion Box!

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