IBM Academic Initiative Faculty Workshop

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A representative from IBM will visit campus Wednesday, Sept. 17, to host a faculty workshop on the IBM Academic Initiative.

IBM’s Valinda Kennedy will lead the workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. in Altgeld Hall 315. All are welcome.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their tablets or laptops.

The IBM Academic Initiative is the main vehicle IBM uses to provide access to IBM assets at no charge for faculty to use for teaching and non-commercial research purposes at accredited higher education institutions.

In the IBM Academic Initiative, IBM provides access to industry studies, ebooks, white-papers, most of the catalogue of full-function software, courseware and more. The courseware in the IBM Academic Initiative includes in many cases: faculty guides, student guides, lab setup, lab exercises, datasets, student lab books and faculty lab books. The goal is to provide assets to help universities develop skills in critical areas which include big data, cyber security, commerce, social, mobile, analytics and other current and emerging areas.

At the conclusion of the workshop, faculty will be able to access and navigate the majority of the assets and understand how to incorporate the assets into new or enhanced current curriculum.

For more information, call (815) 753-9400 or email


IBM Academic Initiative (No-Charge Access to IBM Resources for teaching and non-commercial research)

  • Enrollment and Renewal Steps
  • Teaching Topics Introduction
  • Business Analytics (Includes Predictive Analytics and Text Analytics)
  • Teaching Topic Materials
  • Knowledge Exchange Materials
  • Big Data
  • Teaching Topic Materials
  • Commerce, Marketing and Supply Chain Management
  • Teaching Topic Materials
  • Cyber Security and Information Assurance
  • Teaching Topic Materials
  • Knowledge Exchange Materials
  • New Teaching Topic Coming: Cognitive Computing/IBM Watson


  • University of Arkansas Fayetteville Retail Datasets
  • City of Chicago Data Portal
  • University of California Machine Learning Datasets
  • Stanford Social Media Datasets      

IBM Research Studies

  • IBM Institute for Business Value
  • IBM Centre for Applied Insights


  • Understanding Big Data eBook
  • Harness the Power of Big Data eBook
  • 5 Keys to Business Analytics Program Success eBook

Academic Cloud Options

  • IBM Softlayer (data visualization and enterprise big data/enterprise Hadoop)
  • IBM Digital Analytics Software as a Service (marketing analytics)
  • IBM JazzHub (application development)


Faculty are encouraged to bring their tablets, laptops, etc and if they would like to walk through the IBM Academic Initiative please use the link below and enroll:


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