Thursday, February 20, 2014
Welcome to the February 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.
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Register for February 27 Webcast: "Achieve Massively Parallel Acceleration with GPUs"
Register TODAY to attend our next webcast, "Achieve Massively Parallel Acceleration with GPUs" at 1 pm ET on Thursday, February 27, 2014 (12 noon CT/11 am MT/10 am PT/6 pm GMT). Mark Ebersole, GPU Programming Educator at NVIDIA, will cover different ways of accelerating your code on GPUs, the current state of massively parallel programming with GPUs, and touch on future challenges and potential research projects. ACM SIGPHC Vice-Chair Jeffrey K. Hollingsworth, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Maryland, College Park, moderates.
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.
On-Demand Webcast with Don Gotterbarn and Keith Miller: "Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil..."
Did you attend Computing Professionalism: Do Good and Avoid Evil...and Why It Is Complicated to Do that in Computing? If not, this is your chance to enjoy the insights of one of the foremost experts on professionalism and ethics in computing, Don Gotterbarn, Director of the Software Engineering Ethics Research Institute. A very lively Q&A was moderated by Don's longtime collaborator Keith Miller, Orthwein Endowed Professor for Lifelong Learning in the Sciences in the College of Education at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
After watching the webcast, don't forget to fill out our quick webinar survey. If you attended live but did not get a chance to complete the survey, kindly take a minute to do so—it will help us improve your next webinar experience. And check out Don and Keith's answers to questions not covered during the live event, all answered offline.
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.
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.
Discounts on CompTIA Certification Exams and Training Materials for ACM Members
ACM members are now eligible for discounts on CompTIA certification exams (including A+, Network+, and Security+) as well as learning content and training materials that prepare learners for these certification exams. Members can save 15% on CompTIA Exam Vouchers/Bundles and 10% on Training Content/Materials using coupons found at http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm.
CompTIA is a leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications worldwide with popular exams in security, network administration, computer repair, and server administration. See http://learning.acm.org/courses/comptia.cfm for more information.
Featured ACM Skillsoft Course: Microsoft .NET Framework 4: Web Applications with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual C# 2010
Microsoft .NET Framework 4: Web Applications with Visual Studio 2010 and Visual C# 2010 provides an overview of how to develop web applications with Visual C# 2010 and ASP.NET 4. Topics covered include how to create web forms with server controls, using event handlers, utilizing state-management capabilities, and implementing globalization and accessibility in a web application. This course is one of a series in the SkillSoft learning path that covers the objectives for the Technology Specialist (TS): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4, 70-515. Passing this exam will earn the learner the MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications certification. See ACM's Skillsoft course catalog for our full collection of IT courseware.
Featured Syngress Book: Cisco Router and Switch Forensics
There's more to ACM's e-book library than Books 24x7 and Safari Books Online, such as Cisco Router and Switch Forensics. Author Dale Liu tackles criminal attacks, incident response, data collection, and legal testimony on Cisco (the market leader in network devices), including routers, switches, and wireless access points.
This and another 150 titles from publishers Morgan Kaufmann (MK) and Syngress are available in PDF (and some in ePub) and 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 (click the eBooks link option under the Books & Video tab in the main navigation bar) as well as the ACM Digital Library (the eBooks link under Browse the Special Collections). See the ACM eBook Catalog for all available titles, including books from Morgan Kaufmann and Syngress.
Featured Safari Video: Excel VBA and Macros with MrExcel
Are you taking advantage of ACM's collection of IT learning videos from Safari Books Online? Our library includes nearly 100 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 Excel VBA and Macros with MrExcel, renowned Excel instructor and author Bill Jelen (MrExcel) teaches the skills you’ll need to automate virtually any routine task with Excel and build powerful Excel macros. This package brings together nearly eight hours hours of personalized, expert video training: 50 quick, practical video lessons that demonstrate the skills you’ll need to successfully use both the Excel macro recorder and the Visual Basic for Applications development environment. You’ll learn one step at a time, at your own pace using hands-on examples that reflect realistic challenges and showcase Excel’s remarkable capabilities. Along the way, Jelen takes you from the absolute basics through PivotTables and data filtering.
ACM Podcasts: Interview with Tom Mitchell
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.
Don't miss Stephen's recent interview with Tom Mitchell, founder and Chair of the Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University. Mitchell discusses his Never-Ending Language Learner (NELL) project to read the web, cognitive neuroscience and brain research, Kurzweil's singularity, and other fascinating topics in artificial intelligence.
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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