Since 2005, when the UGA Master of Internet Technology program moved to Gwinnett, we have been on a “one cohort” model. A single cohort of students would begin the program in the fall semester of one year and complete the program five semesters later in the spring semester (for example, fall 2005 to spring 2007). A new cohort of students would begin the next fall. We are pleased to announce that with the incoming class of 2012 we have two overlapping cohorts for the first time. Our new cohort of 18 students (class of 2014) joins our class of 20 second-year students (class of 2013) to almost double the size of our program. Thanks for all of your support in helping to make this happen.
Our second year students have begun work on an interesting set of capstone projects. These projects take place over 9 months with a team of students taking the project from inception through implementation for an external sponsoring organization. The current set of projects includes:
- Building an Android application for the Centers of Disease Control
- A new archive application and website redesign for the Atlanta Radio Theater Company
- A project deliverables management system for UGA’s Archway Partnership
- A Customer Loyalty Program monitoring system for a well-known Atlanta restaurant chain (NDAs apply)
We are also in the midst of our transition to a blended learning format, with about half of our class sessions held face-to-face at the UGA Gwinnett campus and the rest held via distance learning. The students are enjoying the greater flexibility that this affords. Program faculty, Dan Everett, Jeff Howells and Craig Piercy attended a workshop recently in Cambridge, MA to learn techniques for improving blended learning.
We look forward to educating a strong group of students with the addition of these initiatives. We ask that our industry partners keep the UGA Master of Internet Technology program in their thoughts. We can always use guests from industry with expertise in Internet-related technologies to speak for our classes. Finally, please consider our students and the strong skillset they develop for your staffing needs.