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Three new Massive Open Online Courses are Being Offered as Part of the IBM System z Academic Initiative

4/8/2014 3:15:30 PM | Three new Massive Open Online Courses for students and professionals interested in learning about enterprise computing were announced as part of the IBM System z Academic Initiative.

The courses will provide students and professionals with access to technology education and critical enterprise computing skills. Through partnerships with Marist College, Syracuse University and the Linux Foundation, anyone anywhere can take free classes anytime through the web at his or her own pace.

The classes are designed for both students and professionals who have been curious about the mainframe and its topics but don’t have experience. The classes are meant to be a pre-introduction class to learn more and become familiar with the topics. Instructors will be on hand to answer questions throughout the course.

Each class has a separate topic, course availability and time commitment expected to complete the course. Learn more on the IBM Academic Initiative page here. The courses are:

An Introduction to Enterprise Computing, Marist College
This course serves as an introduction to concepts of enterprise computing, and the role of the System z hardware and z/OS in this environment. It is intended for participants who wish to begin their studies of System z or expand their understanding of large systems with an emphasis on commercial computing. It provides an overview of two very important enterprise-computing workloads—end user interactive computing and batch processing and their related technologies.

Registration is currently open and will stay open through July 1. The course is available from May 15 to July 15, and is expected to take 35 to 45 hours to complete. Find out more and register here.

Enterprise Computing Strategies, Syracuse University
Participants will learn strategies in computing resource provisioning, since not all computing resources are created equal and since solving enterprise problems is not as easy as just adding more hardware. Upon completion, participants will have an appreciation for developing a computing strategy that can help their organizations save money on equipment acquisition and labor, reduce energy consumption, and simplify and secure their IT infrastructure.

Registration is currently open and will stay open through September 8. The course is open from September 1 to October 14, and is expected to take 40 to 60 hours to complete. Find out more and register here.

Introduction to Linux, The Linux Foundation
This course explores the various tools and techniques commonly used by Linux programmers, system administrators and end users to achieve their day-to-day work in a Linux environment. It is designed for experienced computer users who have limited or no previous exposure to Linux, whether they are working in an individual or enterprise environment. Upon completion of this training you should have a good working knowledge of Linux, from both a graphical and command line perspective, allowing you to easily navigate through any of the major Linux distributions.
  
Registration is open and the course starts August 1. The course is expected to take 40 to 50 hours to complete. Find out more and register here.



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