October 2021 Newsletter

October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter
October 2021 Newsletter

The Future is Cloud

As the new Academic Year approaches, now is a great time to revisit some of the resources the EDTL team have created over the past year. Whether it be ensuring you are following a student-first approach or utilising online learning tools effectively, there is sure to be a resource to either refresh your memory or learn something new.

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In spring 2016, Matt Pye, Operations Manager at Amazon Web Services (AWS), came to our campus to talk to our students about Cloud Computing careers. In the discussion with academic staff the possibility of joining AWS Academy project came up. A quick review of the AWS Academy, then in its beta form showed an ambitious high-quality approach to developing relevant and important skills in students. We enthusiastically joined as an AWS Academy member institution. Our students have benefited from this decision.

In summer 2016 lecturers from TU Dublin undertook the rigorous training to become AWS accredited instructors. AWS Academy has high standards for their courses, material and instructors, and this was a key factor in our decision to join.

The two organisations have a common goal which is to upskill students for jobs of tomorrow by exposing students in a real-world environment. The AWS Academy program was in the beta version, and it was providing material for the only available certification at the time “Cloud Solutions Architect”. In 2017, TU Dublin Tallaght Campus became the first institution in Ireland (and one of the first in the world) to deliver the AWS curriculum to university students.

As well as teaching cloud computing skills to our students the AWS Academy has opened many other doors. TU Dublin students have participated in WorldSkills Cloud Computing Competitions at the national and international level, proving themselves to be one among the best in the world. Because of our long relationship with AWS Academy, academics from TU Dublin get an opportunity to participate in high level events organised by AWS. Other AWS sponsored events include ‘AWS GameDay’ and ‘AWS Jam’ which are excellent learning opportunities for engaging students.

Students from TU Dublin have competed in international Cloud Computing Competitions and won one gold medals in competitions in India, Australia, and the prestigious WorldSkills gold medal in Russia. Dr. Fernando Perez Tellez (TU Dublin lecturer) is based on his excellent Cloud computing skills. Dr. Perez Tellez has been selected twice by National Cloud Computing experts across the world as the Chief Expert for Cloud Computing for WorldSkills.

Ireland has produced competitive professionals in this area working directly for AWS or for leading companies using AWS services. Other important activities taken by students trained with AWS technologies were participation of health Hackathons where students used their cloud computing knowledge to solve health challenges in public hospitals.

By joining AWS Academy, we have been able to provide real industry training to accelerate the learning of cloud skills for students. At the same time, employers will receive a pool of cloud-skilled talent which has been in high demand in recent years.

TU Dublin has taken a lead in training students with cloud computing skills and this is reflected in the number of students starting excellent careers in industry leaders.

AWS Academy has provided hands-on experience to our students. TU Dublin has incorporated AWS in several programmes and created a new specialisation in Cloud Computing.

“I would highly recommend the Certificate in Cloud Solutions Architecture at TU Dublin. This course provides an in-depth understanding of how to architect systems for the public cloud.

As someone who was missing Cloud computing skills in the software development area, it has given me a new valuable skillset that it in high demand. The course is hands-on, and you get to build many Cloud solutions using AWS services. The course is thorough and well put together, through lectures, tutorials, labs, and other resources. It provides an ideal opportunity to acquire relevant industry knowledge and skills.

The tutors are excellent to explain key concepts, answer any questions and support labs and project work. The course has a large scope, but the material is covered at a good solid pace.

I would highly recommend this course.”Patrick Phelan, TU Dublin graduate

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