Marist Launches First MOOC

"Introduction to Enterprise Computing" marks inaugural massive open online course from longtime leader in online education

POUGHKEEPSIE - Marist College, a pioneer in online learning and enterprise computing training, recently launched its first-ever MOOC, or massive open online course, with "Introduction to Enterprise Computing," which has enrolled more than 500 students from 15 countries on five continents. The course began July 8. The free course runs through August 30.

The course began with an overview of enterprise computing, followed by an introduction to the System z enterprise server hardware and its operating system, z/OS.

Enterprise computing involves many different types of workloads, including transaction processing, business intelligence, end-user interactive computing, web serving, data serving, and batch, as well as many others. This short course will include an overview of two very important enterprise computing workloads: end user interactive computing (TSO/ISPF and USS) and batch processing, and their related technologies. Angelo Corridori

The course instructor is Angelo F. Corridori, director of large systems education in Marist's School of Computer Science and Mathematics. In his role, Corridori works closely with industry representatives and an advisory board as well as the IBM Academic Initiative to ensure the curriculum content and skills taught meet the needs of industry. 

Prior to joining Marist College, Corridori held technical, staff, and management positions in the IBM Poughkeepsie hardware and software product development laboratory, most recently as Technology Development Team leader for the System z clustering (Parallel Sysplex) and disaster recovery (GDPS) technologies. Prior to joining IBM, Corridori performed aircraft and engine analysis at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. He is a principal investigator on several National Science Foundation grants and a recipient of several IBM faculty awards. He holds a B.S. in Aeronautical Engineering and an M.S. in Computer Science, both from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

About Marist College
Located in New York State's historic Hudson River Valley, Marist College is a comprehensive, independent institution grounded in the liberal arts, educating 5,900 students in 44 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate programs, including fully online MBA, MPA, MS, and MA degrees.

Marist is a longtime leader in the use of technology to improve teaching and learning as well as to support economic development through corporate partnerships. The Marist/IBM Joint Study provides Marist students with real-world learning opportunities and has helped the College develop one of the most sophisticated technology platforms in American higher education. The National Science Foundation recognizes Marist's excellence in the field by supporting the Enterprise Computing Community, a Marist-led initiative to revitalize undergraduate education in enterprise computing; development of Marist's largeĀ­ scale computing research lab; and several full scholarships for underrepresented students majoring in Computer Science or Information Technology and Systems. Marist's Institute for Data Center Professionals has been providing fully-online data center and enterprise computing training since 2004.

Marist recently led a consortium of colleges and universities in developing an open source learning analytics system with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.