2014 ISECON Proceedings
Baltimore, Maryland

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Conference Highlights / Program

Academic Workshops and Demonstrations

Workshops Chair: Joseph 'Packy' Laverty
Robert Morris University

(ordered by presentation time)

Interactive Information Visualization with HTML5 and Web-GL

Musa Jafar
West Texas A&M University

Kareem Dana
West Texas A&M University

Jeffry Babb
West Texas A&M University

Thursday - 11/6/2014 in Camden 2 at 1:30 pm

During the Process of providing sensible projects for students, we search for practical hands-on applications. In the Information Visualization Course where we used HTML-5 and Web-GL as our underlying software platform and for the final project, We wanted to Visualize the Sochi Winter Olympics and patterns of who were medal winners. Working with the students, we identified SVG-Based interactive world maps which could be rendered in Web-GL and HTML5. We also found databases of Olympic medals that dating back to the 1930's to include for comparison and contrast. The challenge was to repurpose the two data sets that were built with completely different purposes in mind. At the same time, we needed a geolocation data set that allows us to tie the the SVG-Based interactive map to the repurposed olympic medals data base.

EMC Demonstration

Educating Future IT Professionals
EMC Academic Alliance

Kim Yohannan

Richard Weeks

Friday - 11/7/2014 in Severn 1 at 9:30 am

Learn how you can enhance student career prospects in the world of IT through the EMC Academic Alliance. The program offers colleges and universities around the globe unique 'open' curriculum-based education, such as information storage and management, cloud computing and big data analytics. The courses focus on technology concepts and principles applicable to any vendor environment. In addition, you will learn about the virtual storage and cloud computing labs available through our partner, NDG. There is no cost to institutions to join the program and members receive numerous benefits including: faculty training, course materials, and secure web portals for faculty and students.

A new platform to help students learn, collaborate, and grow in the Intro MIS course

Beth Lang Golub, Executive Editor
John Wiley & Sons

Friday - 11/7/2014 in Severn 1 at 10:00 am

This session will introduce Wiley’s new online learning platform, WileyPLUS Learning Space, for Rainer MIS 3e. WileyPLUS Learning Space is an easy way to help students learn, collaborate, and grow. It provides a personalized experience where students create their own study guide while they interact with course content and work on learning activities. It offers a flexible course design where educators can quickly organize learning activities, manage student collaboration, and customize their course. It includes Orion, an adaptive learning tool that tracks aggregate and individual student proficiency at the objective or chapter level. With its easy-to-use analytics, Orion shows where students excel as well as where they need reinforcement so that instructors can tailor instruction accordingly. And it’s priced significantly lower than the printed textbook.

The Rise of Business Transactions from Paper to ERP

William Burke
Salisbury University

Laura Anderson
Salisbury University

Friday - 11/7/2014 in Severn 1 at 10:45 am

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) is an integrated set of business applications that facilitate flow and processing and transactions between departments and functions of an organization. To facilitate the understanding and comprehension of business transactions and flows in an ERP system, this workshop will introduce a team-based, game-approach learning activity to teach and demonstrate the functions of ERP systems. The workshop game exercise will use transactions and flows between the Customer Order to Cash (Sales and Accounts Receivable) and Procure from Supplier to Pay (Purchase and Accounts Payable) accounting functions. Transactions, transmittal forms, t-accounts, Excel, and a database system will be used to simulate the functionality and components of an ERP system. Excel decision support tools, e.g., Solver and Scenario manager, will be used to analyze results of these business transactions. Documentation will be provided to participants that may be applied to their curriculum needs. The winning workshop team will receive a prize courtesy of the presenters."

Building Cross-Platform Mobile Apps with HTML 5 – A Beginner’s Guide to IBM Worklight

Jamie Pinchot
Robert Morris University

Friday - 11/7/2014 in Severn 1 at 2:00 pm

This workshop will present a beginner’s guide to building cross-platform mobile apps using IBM Worklight Studio. Mobile app development today must encompass a variety of mobile devices with different device models, form factors, and operating systems. To further confuse the beginner, there are several different types of mobile apps, including web apps, native apps, and hybrid apps that blend web and native capabilities in a variety of ways. This workshop will begin with an overview of the types of mobile apps in use today, discussion of the technology and background needed to develop each type, and the benefits and disadvantages of each approach. With a firm understanding of the mobile landscape, the workshop will continue with an introduction to IBM Worklight Studio. A hands-on lab exercise will be presented that showcases the use of HTML 5 and the Dojo Mobile JavaScript library to create a cross-platform mobile app suitable for both Android and iOS phones.

Hands-on Exercises for Teaching Database Indexes

Douglas Kline
University of North Carolina Wilmington

Saturday - 11/8/2014 in Severn 1 at 9:00 am

A key feature of relational databases is the index. However, indexes are a difficult subject to teach, due to their abstract data structure and intangible nature. Many factors must be considered when designing indexing schemes: disk IO patterns, amount of data, statistical distribution of the data, etc. Indexes can help or hurt performance, depending on these factors. In short, indexing is a topic of extreme importance to relational database performance, but students often come away with a vague notion of what an index is, and how it is used. This workshop will demonstrate a set of hands-on exercises designed to give students an experiential understanding of index operations. The exercises are based on carefully designed simulated database memory pages represented by paper card stock. Students are taken through a sequence of typical database operations, and must achieve results using the memory pages. Students move pages from physical disk to RAM, and must keep track of the number of simulated disk IOs necessary to achieve results. As a result of these hands-on exercises, student have a deeper understanding of how database engines perform operations, and the subtleties of using indexes.

myeducator: Demonstration of Automatic Grading of Excel and Access assignments with Cheater Detection

Gove Allen
Brigham Young University

Nicholas Ball
Utah Valley University

MyEducator provides complete collegiate educational materials for Excel and Introductory content for Access with immediate scoring and detailed, fine-grained feedback. Additionally, the system allows for the analysis of the process students take to complete their solutions. But wait, there's more! The system provides sophisticated tools for detecting when students are sharing work, whether they submit another student's work as their own, copy portions of a fellow student's assignment, or just work side by side to produce a single solution. A MyEducator adopter recently used these tools to uncover several large and mature cheating rings as a major public institution.

Saturday - 11/8/2014 in Severn 1 at 11:20 am