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Stevens Institute of Technology . Asynchronous Learning Network November 18, 2005. Robert Zotti Online Learning Program Director. Wendy Pate Instructional Designer. Agenda. Stevens/WebCampus Overview Distinctions Mission Programs Format and components Unique to Stevens

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Stevens institute of technology

Stevens Institute of Technology

Asynchronous Learning Network

November 18, 2005

Robert Zotti

Online Learning Program Director

Wendy Pate

Instructional Designer


Agenda
Agenda

  • Stevens/WebCampus Overview

    • Distinctions

    • Mission

    • Programs

    • Format and components

    • Unique to Stevens

  • The decision to “go live”

    • The competition, market and student comments

    • Factors

    • Need assessment and software analysis

    • Decision

  • Interwise usage…..then and NOW!

  • Teaming online and Best Practices at Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Where will the future take us?

  • Questions


Stevens distinctions
Stevens Distinctions

  • First Engineering School in the U.S. (1870)

  • WebCampus Branded and Launched in 2000

  • Faculty

    • Average of 25 years of industry experience

    • Extensive High-Profile Research Projects

  • Recent Accolades

    • USDLA 2005 21st Century Best Practices award

    • Sloan Consortium Award for “Best Online University”

    • Princeton Review Award for “Most Connected Campus”

    • Technology Management program rated 5th in the country

    • Project Management Institute Certification

    • Optimize magazine - one of the five top national business & technology schools for preparing future executives to manage technology – oriented businesses.


Our mission
Our Mission

To provide education and training that is Relevant, Practical, and Engaging


Online programs
Online Programs

1 Masterin Business Administration

  • Technology Management

    11Masters Degrees

  • Technology Mgmt, Project Mgmt, Engineering, Computer Science, Security Mgmt and more…

  • 31 Graduate Certificates

  • Technology Management, Science and Engineering and more…


Course format
Course Format

  • Online

    • Both “real time” and asynchronous events

      • Course materials presented through WebCT. Discussions, exams, and other activities may be conducted through the system during each week of the semester

      • Sessions conducted via the web conferencing system at the instructor’s discretion

  • Focus on Team-Intensive Course Work as well as Individual Assignments

    • Oral & Written

    • Synchronous & asynchronous

      • Live/recorded


Unique to stevens institute of technology
Unique to Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Orientation Week

    • No assignments are due

    • Everyone is contacted by their instructor

      • By phone if possible

      • By email if not

    • Everyone posts bio in WebCT

      • Who you are, where you work, what projects you are working on, what you hope to get from the class…

    • Browse the information within WebCT to “get a feel” for the course

  • Course completion survey

    • Information compiled and submitted to Program Directors

    • Information used to refine course for future semesters

  • Sneak Peek

    • Potential students can view course information prior to registering


Factors in the decision to go live
Factors in the Decision to “Go Live”

  • Student feedback

  • New instructional possibilities

  • Staying ahead of the market


What the market and students were saying
What the market and students were saying……

  • Students want more interaction with the professors

  • Students want more interaction with fellow classmates

“I think the Professor should participate in the class discussions more and provide more guidance to the class”


To stay competitive needed a synchronous vehicle
To stay competitive, needed a synchronous vehicle

Of what we know, we learn approximately __ through sight

83%

Of what we learn we retain approximately….

10%

Of what we read

Of what we hear

Of what we see

Of what we see and hear

Of what we say

of what we say as we do

20%

30%

50%

70%

90%

"Learning retention rates." 21 July 2005. 14 Oct. 2005 http://www.hi.is/~joner/eaps/cs_reten.htm>.


Needs assessment results june 2002 june 2004
Needs assessment results June 2002-June 2004

  • Accessible through dial-up and broadband

  • Single hardware source of access

  • International availability

  • Secure network with backup system

  • Synchronous and asynchronous capabilities

  • Hosted environment

  • Accessible through URL

  • Easy to use and learn

  • Priced right



Decision
Decision

  • Clean GUI

  • International Server farm

  • Broadband and dial-up capable

  • Use of Voice over IP

  • Designed for University courses

  • Interwise ECP

    • Application used to conduct recorded and real-time sessions.


Professors using interwise
Professors using Interwise

Early adopters in June 2004………………………………………..3

Currently using Interwise as live or recorded sessions………………………………….17

Professors currently using Interwise for 2 or more classes each semester……………….5




Teaming online and best practices at stevens institute of technology
Teaming Online and Best Practices at Stevens Institute of Technology

  • Online teams

    • Teams present in a round robin format to allow everyone to participate

  • Keeping it exciting

    • Engage the students

    • Lots of laughs

    • Incorporate zingers – keep them looking for what will happen next (pop-up questions, polls, thumbnail videos, etc.)

    • Incorporate video (themes)

  • Letting the students drive

    • totally hands off – the Professor doesn’t need to be involved

  • Involving industry professionals

    • Invite guest speakers & reviewers


Teaming online and best practices at stevens institute of technology continued
Teaming Online and Best Practices at Stevens Institute of Technology (continued)

  • Online oral exams

    • Testing the true knowledge of students

  • Live Business presentations/recordings

  • Instantaneous understanding

    • Students prefer Interwise over WebCT chat

  • Voice over information recordings to increase comprehension

  • Marketing uses

    • Online open houses to answer questions from potential students and increase course registration



Long range plans at stevens
Long Range Plans at Stevens Technology (continued)

  • Adding more concurrent Interwise seats

  • Hosting of Alumni chapters, clubs, professional organizational societies, and more….

  • Better penetration in regions outside of the tri-state area

  • Hybrid courses involving onsite technical labs incorporated into traditional e-learning

    • Biotech classes using local hospital facilities

  • Remote labs for engineering courses

    • webcams in labs (example: the “Block on a Spring”)

  • Mirror campus – current 20% to grow to 60%

  • More undergraduate courses


Questions from the audience
Questions from the Audience Technology (continued)


Robert Zotti Technology (continued)

Online Learning Program Director

201-216-5231

[email protected]

Wendy Pate

Instruction Designer

201-216-515

[email protected]


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