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Dell-EMC Academic Alliance

Dell EMC Academic Alliance

Dell EMC plays an active role as a community partner by collaborating with colleges and universities around the globe to close the growing technology skills gap through their Dell EMC Academic Alliance initiative. The program is part of the Dell EMC External research and Academic Alliance ecosystem and provides 'open' courses on cloud computing, big data analytics, information storage and data protection. These courses focus on technology - not products to teach technology - and are applicable to any vendor environment. This enables students to develop highly marketable knowledge relevant to the IT industry's future needs, and helps ensure that the industry has a strong pipeline of graduates to meet future workforce needs.

As an institution member:

  • NIU faculty who wish to teach one of the four courses below can email academic_alliance_program_office@emc.com to request access to the self-paced eLearnings and course instructor materials
    • Information Storage and Management (ISM) v2 or v3
    • Data Science and Big Data Analytics (DSA)
    • Cloud Infrastructure and Services (CIS) v2
    • Data Protection and Management (DPM
  • NIU students who want to access the secure Student Portal for free eLearnings and resources can email academic_alliance_program_office@emc.com to request NIU's institutional registration ID number.
  • NIU faculty and students can also access the Dell EMC MOOCs on Data Lakes, DevOps, Modern Data Center and IT Transformation at educast.emc.com

Need Help?  Email Academic_Alliance_Program_Office@emc.com

Education Resources

Students
  • MOOC courses
  • Student Portal eLearnings: Connectrix, Data Domain, Greenplum, Isilon, PowerPath, VNX, VPLEX
  • Academic Associate online certification exam
  • 63% discount on certification exams for open courses
  • Access to free certification practice exams
Faculty
  • MOOC courses
  • Video Instructor-led Training via online streaming for the open courses
  • Instructor materials to deliver the open courses: ReadMe, Lesson Plan Guides, PowerPoints, Assessments, Use Cases, Online Academic Associate tests
  • 63% discount on certification exam for open courses
  • Access to free certification practice exams

IBM Academic Initiative

IBM Academic Initiative

IBM resources - ranging from cloud access, remote hardware and datasets to training tools and lesson plans - are part of the IBM Academic Initiative which offers free resources to academic institutions worldwide and helps students develop market-ready skills. Read more at NIU Today.

Set up your account:

  1. Go to niu.onthehub.com and click the "IBM" tab.
  2. Click "Register" and use your NIU email address.
  3. Confirm your account in the email link IBM sends to your NIU email account.
  4. Click the "IBM" tab.
  5. Click either the "Student" or "Faculty" tab.
  6. Add the desired resource to your cart and checkout (no charge).
  7. Agree to the terms and answer any questions, then click to "Proceed with Order."
  8. Look for another confirmation email with instructions for accessing your ordered item.

Need Help?  Email AIMember@us.ibm.com

Education Resources

Students
  • 6-month renewable access
  • Coursework and Tutorials
  • Data and Analytics
  • Internet of Things
  • Power Systems
  • Security
  • Watson and IBM Bluemix Live
  • Z Systems
Faculty
  • 12-month renewable access
  • All student resources
  • Cloud Courses and Software
  • Commerce
  • Lesson plans
  • Mobile
  • Power Systems / Academic Cloud
  • Z Systems Academic Cloud

Oracle Academy

Oracle Academy

As an institutional member of Oracle Academy, NIU offers a variety of Oracle resources to students and faculty. Oracle Academy resources are suitable for students in varied fields including Computer Science, Engineering, Accounting, Statistics, Teacher Education (think Code Camps), and Research.


Set up your individual membership

  1. Using Firefox or Chrome, go to Oracle Academy > select Membership > Join Oracle Academy
  2. Click on the Individual members join here button
  3. Create an account
  4. Register for individual membership
  5. Search for Northern Illinois University and select it in the search results
  6. Complete the contact information form
  7. Review and accept the Membership Agreement
  8. Submit your registration

Need Help? Submit a request to Oracle Academy Support.

Education Resources

Students
  • Java and SQL
  • Oracle E-Business Suite, Primavera and PeopleSoft
  • Explore Oracle Software in Silicon
  • "Ask the expert" video series
  • 25% discount on certification exams
Faculty
  • Modular course curricula in Java and SQL to integrate into assignments
  • Free professional development courses
  • Oracle E-Business Suite, Primavera and PeopleSoft for your classroom or lab
  • Discounts on Oracle University courses (50%), certification exams (25%), and eBooks (50%)