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Duoc UC teaches its database courses using the Oracle Academy Cloud Program for 100% online cloud labs

Richard Delgado Cascante
Regional Director - Latin America

Using the new free Oracle Academy Cloud Program, teachers and students are accessing the cloud and innovative technologies remotely for free. Since the end of May 2020, the School of Informatics and Telecommunications of the Duoc UC Professional Institute, Chile, which has more than 14,000 students preparing for different careers, began teaching database subjects solely in the cloud.

The Cloud Program was implemented for classes that required database laboratories in the careers of Computer Engineering and Computer Programmer Analysis at the School of Computer Science and Telecommunications, since the students did not have physical access to them. The Oracle Academy Cloud Program has enabled teachers and students to access cloud services, anytime, anywhere, and completely free of charge, including Oracle Cloud Free Tier, Oracle Autonomous Database, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, and virtual machines (VM), and use them as a "remote laboratory” to teach, learn, explore, and build in the cloud.

“In the past few months, we have been supporting Duoc UC to create and provision more than 50 teacher accounts so that they can teach their classes virtually and free to their students through the Oracle Academy Cloud Program. Providing access to the cloud and innovative technology such as Oracle Autonomous Database and VM opens a way for teachers and students to continue teaching and developing in computing careers, successfully and on time,” said Richard Delgado, regional director of Oracle Academy for Latin America and the Caribbean.

"The work done with Oracle Academy has allowed us to make available to students the environments they need to advance in the subjects of databases. This is one of the measures we have taken to advance learning in the current situation of physical non-attendance,” noted Ximena Sibils, director of the School of Informatics and Telecommunications at Duoc UC.

The Duoc UC School of Informatics and Telecommunications plans to expand and deepen the support that Oracle Academy provides, granting each of the students studying computing subjects—in 2020-21, nearly 5,500—an individual account so each has access to the Oracle Cloud Free Tier throughout their course of study.

As Oracle’s global, philanthropic educational program, Oracle Academy advances computing education around the world to increase knowledge, innovation, skills development, and diversity in technology fields. The program engages with thousands of educational institutions and educators in more than 120 countries, helping millions of students become college and career ready.

"Through this program, we provide the tools educators need to engage, inspire, and prepare students to become innovators and leaders of the future,” said Delgado. Duoc UC has been a member of Oracle Academy since 2013, engaging students to experiment and practice with the latest technologies, and supporting them to better prepare themselves to face the job market in the era of big data, the Internet of Things, and artificial intelligence.

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