Brandeis University’s MS in Strategic Analytics program ranked 28th on College Choice’s list of the 50 Best Big Data Degrees for 2017.
From the College Choice announcement:
Written by: Kelsey Whitaker, A Senior at Brandeis University
On May 17th, to the sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance”, the Rabb School of Graduate Professional Studies‘ class of 2015 donned their caps and gowns and received their diplomas. The ceremony awarded Master’s degrees in various fields including: Bioinformatics, Health and Medical Informatics, Information Security, IT Management, Project & Program Management and Software Engineering. Students sat proudly and enjoyed the student and main commencement speaker’s words of wisdom for their future. As working professionals in their respective fields, each degree recipient juggled work, school, and personal matters in order to earn their master’s degree.
The student speaker for the day was Louis Rosa III, who earned his Doctor of Medicine from Georgetown University’s School of Medicine and has over 30 years of experience in the fields of neurosurgery and radiation therapy. However, the day of commencement Rosa walked out with a newly earned diploma in Health and Medical Informatics. After all of his experience, why did Rosa pursue his degree from Brandeis GPS? “No matter how many patients I saw, I couldn’t have enough of an impact,” Rosa explained. Rosa went on to explain the impact his new degree would have on his career and his life.
The main Commencement speaker, Curtis H. Tearte, is a 1973 Brandeis graduate and also a current Board of Trustees member. Tearte has vast experience in technology and business as former director, vice president and general manager of IBM “My experience at Brandeis exponentially changed the arc of my life,” he explained to the graduates. Tearte is also the founder of Tearte Associates, a firm dedicated to seeking out students with academic potential to become Tearte Scholars through his Family Foundation. His advice to the graduates was, “Keep putting out good and it will come back to us tenfold in unexpected ways.”
In addition to the speakers, the Outstanding Teacher Award Recipient was presented to Leanne Bateman. Teaching at Brandeis since 2007, Bateman serves as Academic Program Chair and a faculty member for Project and Program Management and Strategic Analytics. Congrats, Leanne!
Congratulations to the 2015 graduates! You did it! Good luck in all your future plans and endeavors.
Want to see the live stream of commencement? You’re in luck! Watch it here.
Theresa Harrigan is a graduate from Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies Master of Science in Health and Medical Informatics. She is currently an Informatics Business Analyst for EPIC implementation at Massachusetts General Hospital.
I am a registered nurse and have worked in health care for more than two decades. If you had asked me 10 years ago if I would be furthering my education, I would likely have said no. My family and professional life was simply too demanding and I could not imagine myself finding the time to attend classes. Fast forward a few years and you will find me celebrating the completion of my master’s degree from Brandeis in Health and Medical Informatics. The online-learning program at Brandeis provided me with the opportunity to expand my knowledge and understanding of health care relative to the application of technology solutions and opened new doors for me. I was able connect with and learn from experienced leaders in the industry in the industry as well as with other students from a wide variety of professional backgrounds and from all over the world. While a student at Brandeis, I discovered new opportunities and pathways for professional growth that I never realized existed.
My professional work continues to evolve and I have become involved in promoting technology solutions as an informatics analyst at Massachusetts General Hospital. My mission is to simplify health care for both providers and patients. Because of my educational experience and the knowledge gained, I believe I will be able to make a direct contribution to improving patient care outcomes and the delivery of health care.
By Ariel Garber
Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies hosted the Analytics 360 Symposium on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at Brandeis University. The symposium took a look at using analytics to guide strategic, operational and tactical decisions specifically in the areas of education, healthcare and business.
The sessions covered a wide range perspectives within the analytics field, from The Open Data Analytics Initiative, to 10 Steps to Tracking Engagement and Influence Online, to A Holistic Approach to Being Data Science Driven.
The keynote speaker was Dr. Robert Carver, award-winning Professor of Business Administration at Stonehill College as well as Adjunct Professor at the International
Business School at Brandeis University.Other sessions included The Application of Analytics in the Student’s Academic Lifecycle session led by Leanne Bateman, Faculty Chair for Strategic Analytics at Brandeis University and Principal Consultant for Beacon Strategy Group, a Boston-based management firm specializing in project management services.
Other speakers, including professors, leading executives, and researchers, focused on topics such as publicity, e-learning, and big data. Alan Girelli spoke on The Open Data Analytics Initiative, with a comparative discussion of Learning Analytics (a link to his presentation is available here). Girelli is the Director of the Center for Innovation and Excellence in eLearning (CIEE) and has taught online, on-ground, and blended writing and instructional design courses at the graduate and undergraduate level for UMass Boston, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and ITT Technologies.
We want to extend a big thank you to our panelists, Rob Carver, Leanne Bateman, David Dietrich, Shlomi Dinoor, Alan Girelli, Haijing Hao, and John McDougall. The event was sponsored by Basho, Soft10, Brandeis International Business School, EMC and E-Learning Innovation.
Brandeis University’s Graduate Professional Studies division (GPS) will launch a fully-online graduate certificate program in Learning Analytics in September 2015, the university announced today.
Designed to be completed in 1.5 years or less, the program is for professionals with strong backgrounds in education, instructional design, or institutional research. Cross-disciplinary in nature, the certificate will provide students with the foundational tool sets and theory of business intelligence and data analysis. These skillsets are necessary for evaluating the effectiveness of courses, programs and instruction, and prepare students to fill a highly in-demand skills gap in a burgeoning job market.
“As the learning analytics field continues to evolve, it is more important than ever before to use the technology and data we have available to us to understand and, ultimately, enhance the learning experience,” said Brian Salerno, director of Online Learning and Instructional Design at Brandeis GPS.
The five-course, 15-credit certificate program draws heavily from two existing Brandeis GPS master’s degrees: Instructional Design and Technology and Strategic Analytics. Applicants are expected to possess a post-graduate degree in a related field as well as three years of relevant work experience.
In addition to the new Learning Analytics certificate, Brandeis GPS offers eight fully online part-time master’s degrees, including Strategic Analytics, Bioinformatics, Health and Medical Informatics, Instructional Design & Technology, and Software Engineering. All Brandeis GPS programs are asynchronous, providing students with a flexible and convenient approach to completing their degree.
Students interested in applying to the Learning Analytics certificate program should complete their application by Aug. 11, 2015. Students also have the opportunity to take a course prior to applying for admission. Registration for the summer 2015 term opened on April 14, with courses beginning May 20. For more information about Brandeis GPS, please visit www.brandeis.edu/gps.
By: Ingah Davis-Crawford, Student in the M.S. in Instructional Design & Technology program
The fall semester 2014, was my first semester at Brandeis GPS. The last time I had attended grad school was in 2009, when working on my Master’s in Distance Education from the University of Maryland University College.
Believe me when I say that I had no plans to return to school. But, in the five intervening years I began to think that maybe I should advance my knowledge of instructional design. At the same time I did very much enjoy not having to spend time studying. I had gotten back into the swing of having a social life and just being able to watch television or read when I wanted was great and let’s not even mention sleep. Still, every now and again I would surf the net looking for an online grad instructional design program.
That’s what I was doing when I found the Online Instructional Design and Technology program at Brandeis. I saw it was a new program and that the first cohort would begin studies in the fall. It was one of those “now you don’t have any excuses” moments for me. If I didn’t apply who could I blame? My friends and family would understand. I could dvr my favorite TV shows. And sleep, well I have gone without it before and survived.
I enrolled in two courses, Principles of Online Instructional Design and Negotiation and Conflict Resolution. I was beginning to get the hang of things when real life intervened. During the third and fourth weeks of the semester , our father, who had been sick for quite some time, was taken into hospice care and began his journey home. Needless to say that meant I had to put my classes on the back burner, Dad was the priority. Of course, I messaged my professors to inform them of my circumstances and they were both very understanding. However professor Salerno was particularly kind and encouraging. In the end after returning my attention to studying, I made the decision to drop Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in favor of concentrating on Principles of Online Instructional Design (ID).
I really enjoyed the ID course, and it was no walk in the park either. The course offered an education on two levels – first, it was a thorough overview of the methodology behind instructional design. Second, it was very enlightening to be able to observe and experience professor Salerno’s teaching method and how he structured the course, respectively. For instance with respect to teaching method, I noticed that he would use the discussion forum topics to get us to think about or practice a specific instructional design technique prior to the assigning a task that would incorporate that technique on a broader scale. This I found to be quite useful for my own development throughout the course and I also view it as a practical example of best practices. The course layout within the classroom was very easy to follow. Course materials for the weekly modules were clearly placed. Instructions for discussion forum topics and course assignments were clear and concise. And, professor Salerno was always available to answer questions or offer feedback on a timely basis. So, there again he was teaching by example.
In closing, I found the course to be challenging, but I know that I learned a lot and I’m glad to have had the experience. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the learning experience I have had so far at Brandeis GPS, and I’m looking forward to next semester.
Tom Burt is a recent graduate of our Master of Science in Project and Program Management Program. He is currently the Administrative Contracting Officer for GSA/FAS/Supplier Management. Below is his story about his journey through e-learning at Brandeis Graduate Professional Studies.
“I always knew I would have to go back to school. My father presented a perfect example of that—nearing the end of his career, he had been unable to advance any further in his field because he lacked a four-year degree. For my generation, I equate that to not
having a graduate degree. Not wanting to be held back from a promotion, going back to school seemed a necessary evil; however, it was a terrifying thought. Travelling to classes, giving up nights and weekends, simply finding the time to work on assignments—there was no way I would be able to do all that. Then a co-worker told me about Brandeis GPS, and all my fears went away.
Online Learning made it all possible for me. I bought my first home about the same time I started my Program and Project Management degree; due to the nature of the program, I was able to balance the challenges of purchasing a home while keeping up with studies. Also thanks to online learning, I was able to take vacations during semesters! On ski trips to the western US with friends each year, I started every day with a couple hours of school work (and gallons of coffee) before hitting the slopes. I also remember a trip to Italy for a family wedding that coincided with Professional Communication. Had I been enrolled in a traditional classroom-based program, I may not have been able to make the trip; instead, I was posting discussion responses while riding the Rome to Florence train, using the onboard wireless, all while traveling at 250 kilometers per hour! Grazie Brandeis! Finally, in the last couple semesters, I was able to attend classes while training for an Ironman triathlon (as much as twenty hours of training per week) while also managing to not get fired from my job!
Graduate school does not have to be a life-consuming event, nor should it be. There is much to be enjoyed in life, such as home-ownership, vacations, and the pursuit of personal goals. These opportunities absolutely can occur, even while maintaining a career and a family. Not having to sacrifice other opportunities meant everything to me (and also meant the courses flew by in no time!). Brandeis GPS was and is the key to this ever-important balance of life and learning. Having achieved this milestone, I can now start
looking forward in my career, confident that I have the educational qualifications to support my endeavors. ”
Danita Sutton is a recent graduate of Brandeis GPS’ Master of Science in Information Technology Management Program. She is also a Senior Business Operations Analyst at EMC. Below is her account of her educational journey at Brandeis GPS.
“I was very nervous taking an online course let alone pursuing my Master degree in a 100% virtual environment. The first day I opened Latte I was full of anxiety and overwhelmed because this was so new to me. This feeling of anxiety was quickly removed as I read through the professors instructions and read the responses from my fellow classmates, I was not in this alone and I had a community of people who were willing to help me out. This community of fellow classmates set the tone for the amazing experience I would have as I moved through the GPS program.
The strength in this program is the experience of the Professors, I was impressed with their knowledge in the course they were teaching and they were willing to share that knowledge with us to help us improve and build on the course material and apply it to our personal and professional life experiences.
The material was relevant and dealt with current issues we face with virtual teams, how to communicate and negotiate with them, how to manage projects and the software that we are using now, and organizational and operational strategies.
Finally, I don’t know what I would have done without my student advisor, Janice Steinberg, who kept in touch with me, answered me promptly every time I had a question (and I had a lot of questions), and was a great support system. The Brandeis GPS program has forever changed my life and I am very grateful that I was able to be a part of such an incredible and wonderful program and community of people.”