Free Industry Tools for Students and Faculty


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%)