Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (check your time zone)

Presenters:

  • Dr Janet Miller, Mount Royal University
  • Randy Connolly, Mount Royal University
  • Dr Faith-Michael Uzoka, Mount Royal University

Cost: Free

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Overview

Responding to a strong demand for computing graduates in Canada and a changing technology landscape, Randy Connolly, Janet Miller and Faith-Michael Uzoka of Mount Royal University, have released the second edition of the CERIC guide Computing Careers & Disciplines: A Quick Guide for Prospective Students and Career Advisors. This 2nd edition is developed to meet an evolving need among career advisors who support students interested in technology at both the secondary and post-secondary levels and aims to address the questions of why student should consider computing when choosing a career, and what kind of education and career pathways they can expect when they do.

Why You Should Attend

This free webinar will provide you with an overview of the new guide and of the main computing disciplines as defined by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) as well as emerging specializations. I will help parents, academic advisors and career counsellors in supporting students to make sense of the maze of computing disciplines and post-secondary options.

Webinar Learnings:

  • Recognize the main computing disciplines as defined by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Familiarize yourself with specializations such as bioinformatics, game development and cybersecurity
  • Understand computing careers, their myths and lifestyle
  • Identify the kind of computing jobs and education pathways currently available for students
  • Help students to make decisions that align with their values, interests and skills
  • Develop an understanding of Canadian resources available to further support career exploration in computing fields

Prof Randy Connolly has been teaching at Mount Royal University since 1997 and holds the rank of Full Professor (Computing). He is the author of three textbooks, the most recent of which is used by thousands of students at over 100 universities worldwide. He has also authored 34 peer-reviewed papers and given over 20 international research presentations. He is on the editorial boards of the two main journals for computing education. Randy can be reached at rconnolly@mtroyal.ca.

Dr Janet Miller is a counselling psychologist with expertise in mental health, leadership, and post-secondary student success. In addition to working at Mount Royal University for 20+ years (as a counsellor, chair, full professor, and chair support coordinator), Janet is an accomplished author and keynote speaker, adjunct professor with UCalgary, Editor of Kaleidoscope (national newsletter for counselling psychologists), and a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Suicide Prevention. Her next book aims to support students entering their first year of university (You@theU) and is scheduled for release Spring 2021 with UBC Press. Janet can be reached at jbmiller@mtroyal.ca.

Dr Faith-Michael Uzoka has taught Computer Science and Information Systems at various universities since 1992. He is a Full Professor (Computing) and served as Research Development Officer at Mount Royal University, Calgary. Michael enjoys research and innovation and has published extensively in the following areas: medical information systems, multi-criteria decision support systems, computing personnel and disciplinary studies, technology adoption and innovation. He is on the editorial board/ program committees of several computing journals and conferences. He was a Canadian Commonwealth Scholar and a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow. Michael can be reached at fuzoka@mtroyal.ca.

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