Training, Education and Outreach Services (TEOS)
XSEDE's Training, Education and Outreach Services (TEOS) goals are to:
- Prepare the current and next generation of researchers, educators and technology innovators to use the full suite of computational tools available to them to achieve their objectives;
- Expand, strengthen, and diversify the U.S. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce; and
- Inculcate the use of digital services into routine research practices for advancing scientific discovery.
To reach broad national audiences, the TEOS team works with campuses and organizations to help instill digital services into the practices of faculty, staff and students. Activities with colleges and departments include: providing support for incorporation of computational science resources and methods into the curriculum; recruiting and training Campus Champions to raise local awareness of digital services; helping campuses and organizations to enhance their cyberinfrastructure resources; and visiting sites to provide digital services needed by institutional personnel.
To deeply engage the community in sustained use of computational services, the TEOS team also works closely with individuals to understand and address their particular needs and challenges. These individuals may be faculty, researchers, students, IT staff, or administrators. Deep engagement activities include training, workshops, internships, fellowships, and consulting sessions designed to address the unique needs, perspectives, and practices of diverse communities.
The XSEDE and TEOS teams conduct regular visits to campuses, businesses, and other organizations to address a range of digital resources and services. The visits may address a number of topics including computational science education, Campus Champions, Cyberinfrastructure Days, workshops, training, Campus Bridging software deployment and pilots, and consulting on digital services. Additional details about these topics are covered in the sections below. We welcome inquiries about these and other topics of interest to your organization.
XSEDE training activities are designed to expand the user audience for digital discovery tools. The XSEDE Training strategy is to enhance the scope and scale of training through expanded use of distance learning and extension into the rapidly- evolving new topics in computational STEM. At the same time, the Training team seeks to create a consistent, welcoming user experience through a single portal to access all training resources at all XSEDE Service Provider sites, and by creating a repository to promote sharing of materials.
Training to use XSEDE resources for research is available in person at numerous sites around the country and via real-time webcast. Many of the webcasts as well as self-paced tutorials are available for anytime, anywhere access. The Training Calendar is accessible from the XSEDE website and the XSEDE User Portal. Those interested may register for training sessions via the XSEDE User Portal.
XSEDE's Education team has led the development and articulation of a set of core competencies for undergraduate and graduate computational science programs that can provide a guide for faculty who wish to develop courses and curricular materials at their own institutions. With the rapid pace of technology change, these core competencies continue to evolve with valuable input and feedback from the computational science and engineering community.
The XSEDE Education team is working with higher education institutions across the country to create computational science certificate and degree programs across all STEM fields. XSEDE's TEOS team members visit interested campuses to engage administrators, faculty, staff and students in the design and development of computational science courses and materials. The team also offers live and synchronous workshops and "boot-camps" for faculty to learn more about computational science and engineering technologies and methods, and for assisting faculty with curriculum development. A peer-reviewed repository provides high-quality training and education materials to the community. The XSEDE Education team encourages community members to share their own proven contributions with others as well.
XSEDE's Outreach team focuses on recruiting and empowering a diverse scientific, academic, and industrial workforce capable of advancing scientific discovery using XSEDE services. The Outreach efforts include student engagement programs to provide meaningful opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to explore extreme digital environments. Particular emphasis is placed on recruiting women, minorities and people with disabilities. The outreach team provides under-represented faculty, staff and students with training and support that empowers them to become proficient users of XSEDE resources and services.
XSEDE's Outreach team includes a Speaker's Bureau for conferences, workshops, institutes, and campuses seeking an XSEDE representative to share information about XSEDE's resources and services. The Outreach team also staffs exhibits at numerous events across the country to provide one-on-one information and assistance to help people get connected to XSEDE. XSEDE Outreach staff welcome requests for XSEDE presentations, workshops, and exhibits.
The XSEDE Campus Champions Program works with campuses across the country to identify representatives willing to raise local campus awareness of XSEDE and to assist local researchers , educators, students and staff with accessing XSEDE resources and services. Campus Champions receive enhanced training on and access to XSEDE's resources. They are a community of peers who assist one another in helping local campus personnel select the most appropriate digital resources to advance their individual research and educational goals. More than 125 campuses across the country—from two-year colleges to PhD-granting institutions—currently host a Campus Champion. The XSEDE Campus Champions program team welcomes inquiries from campuses seeking to become involved.
The XSEDE Campus Bridging initiative seeks to lower barriers to use of XSEDE resources. The Campus Bridging team disseminates proven best practices for connecting campus resources with XSEDE resources and other campuses to facilitate the use of a wider array of digital resources by campus faculty and students.
Large-scale resources such as those provided by XSEDE can be daunting to new users. To facilitate their first step, Campus Bridging tries to package national-scale resources so they appear just like nearby resources. Through a combination of education and training, data management, and execution management services, they allow users to access resources as easily as if they were locally available. The Campus Bridging team focuses on advocating for a common means of access to national resources (e.g. InCommon authentication); software packages for campus system administrators; gathering requirements from campus and local users on software packages to be implemented by XSEDE; and providing opportunities to interact with new software for use in XSEDE.
XSEDE welcomes inquiries from campuses interested in exploring Campus Bridging strategies and solutions.