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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


  • 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


Of what we learn we retain approximately….


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






"Learning retention rates." 21 July 2005. 14 Oct. 2005>.

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


  • 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)

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Robert Zotti Technology (continued)

Online Learning Program Director


Wendy Pate

Instruction Designer