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Smart Cities of the Future

The term “smart city” was coined in the early 2000s as major technology firms such as IBM and Cisco worked to leverage connectedness for greater urban productivity, efficiency, and sustainability. Since then, cities worldwide have used data science to implement at least some features of the smart cities of the future. To learn more, check out the infographic below, created by Maryville University’s online Master of Science in Data Science program. What Is a Smart City? Although no universally agreed-upon definition of smart cities exists, experts usually describe smart cities as cities that incorporate interconnected sensors, the Internet of Things […]

The Unexpected Perks of Online Learning: Best Friends Born from Social Work Studies

The Maryville Online Bachelor’s in Social Work (BSW) program is all about connection for its students. Through hands-on experiences focused on diversity, self-care, social justice, and generalist social work practice, there’s ample opportunity for enrolled students to engage with a community of like-minded learners and professionals in projects based on real-world scenarios. Such was the case of Samantha and Alli, who were both drawn to the online program from various pathways of life – yet became best friends through educational discovery and a passion for advocacy. Samantha Found Flexibility and Accessibility in Maryville With on-campus out of the picture, Samantha […]

Why Dual Certifications Are Growing: Demand and Benefits

It’s no  wonder a large number of registered nurses (RNs) are looking to advance into nurse practitioner (NP) roles. Nurse practitioner ranks as the No. 1 best healthcare job and the No. 2 best overall job on the U.S. News and World Report’s 100 Best Jobs of 2023 list due to strong demand, high salaries, and above-average job satisfaction. To become an NP, nurses need to select a specialization area and then obtain certification to practice in that area. Many NPs choose to earn a second certification in a different area of focus, which can offer even greater opportunities for […]

History of AI: Timeline and the Future

The concept of artificial intelligence (AI) dates back several decades and has roots in the origins of modern computing. The history of AI includes the many ways television shows and movies use it as a simplistic catchall for the fear that technology is taking over our lives. This is a misleading depiction, of course, especially the stories where humanlike robots fight back against their creators, such as in “Blade Runner” and “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Setting aside the anxieties that the technology may provoke, AI now offers many benefits to our lives. They include: Increasing efficiency of transportationLimiting the need […]

What Is Tiny Machine Learning (TinyML)?

Machine learning is part of our everyday life. That’s because the concept exists at the core of a wide number of tech-driven innovations. Speech recognition devices use machine learning, as do chatbots that assist you on a website. Machine learning can also help detect fraud to keep your finances safe and enable computers to help connect you with online ads relevant to your interests. It’s become increasingly difficult to go through a day without having a machine learning-based interaction. However, machine learning hasn’t just arrived — it’s evolving. A prime example is the emergence of tiny machine learning. Also known […]

How to Get Into Fintech and What It Is?

Technology has had a major impact on the finance industry in recent years. This evolution has created a unique space called financial technology, or fintech, that has involved the rise of such tools as cryptocurrency, robo advisors, and personal finance apps, among many others. This rapidly changing environment has shifted how consumers interact with their financial institutions. People can now automate transactions from anywhere in the world and access their banking information any time of day. With over 26,000 fintech companies around the world, according to 2021 data from Statista, many people may be wondering how to get into fintech […]

Digital Tools in Higher Education: Empowered Learning

The future of higher education is digital — something that Dr. Mark Lombardi, president of Maryville University, recognized long before many other university leaders. “Maryville is leading the revolution because we understand the way students engage with learning and information is fundamentally different than it was in the past,” Dr. Lombardi told Maryville Magazine. With its comprehensive approach to leveraging digital tools in education, Maryville University is leading the charge. “The demands of a rapidly evolving digital world, the democratization of knowledge, the availability and access of content, and the fierce market demands of demographic change combined with price sensitivity and public scrutiny […]

Shaping the Cybersecurity Leaders of Tomorrow: Insights from Maryville Online Students

The Maryville Online Master’s in Cybersecurity can equip students with the most sought-after technical skills, business acumen, and valuable certifications such as CISSP, ECSA, ECES, CISA, CCSP, and Splunk Core Certified Power User. Enrolled students can gain expertise in auditing, troubleshooting, risk analysis, governance, pen testing, and credentials required for management and C-suite positions in the cybersecurity field. Three Maryville Online students – Brandy Gordon, Tina Lampe, and Ayesha Akhtar – share their graduate cybersecurity program experiences. Why did you choose to obtain your degree online instead of on campus? What made you choose Maryville Online over other online colleges to pursue […]

Guide to Small Business Grants in Missouri

Types of Small Business Grants The main grant types in the U.S. are federal, state, local, and corporate. These grants often focus on a specific group of people or industry or are general funds awarded through a contest. Sometimes grants are only offered once, but they are often awarded annually. Federal grants come directly from the U.S. government. They may be given to a state, region, or county that will then choose individuals to award. These grants may also be awarded directly to an individual or business. For some federal grants, only nonprofit or community-run organizations are eligible, so it’s […]

The Value of Different Perspectives in Professional and Learning Environments

“We don’t get harmony when everybody sings the same note.” These words from author Steve Goodier speak to the value of being open to different perspectives. Often the richest learning and discoveries happen when people listen to the varied and unique perspectives of co-workers, fellow students, and other people they encounter. When you open yourself to new ideas, you expand your perspective and view of the world. Expand Your Thinking Learning about the experiences of others can expand one’s thinking and scope of experience. Kathryn Funk shares an experience she had as an online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) […]