Stevens professor wins Online Learning Best Practices Award. ‘In what is billed as the world’s most prestigious distance-learning prize, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) honored Stevens Institute of Technology’s Professor Steven R. Savitz for his work in the school’s e-learning unit, WebCampus.
Savitz, who directs WebCampus‘ graduate Technology Management Program, teaches online and mentors new online instructors. A champion of web conferencing as a key pedagogical advance, he meticulously tracks feedback from students about how well online courses meet their needs. He then benchmarks his data against courses conducted in conventional classrooms.
“As an instructor, developer, program director, faculty coach, and champion of quality in online teaching, Steve Savitz’s performance has been in the best tradition of WebCampus,” said Robert Zotti who manages the school’s online program. “Professor Savitz tirelessly campaigns to maintain online quality.”
Savitz presented the results of his three-year study at this month’s Sloan Consortium conference in Orlando. He showed that once faculty gain deep experience teaching online, student positive response increases substantially and, in some cases, some say their online learning experience is better than in face-to-face classrooms. He also reported that online and blended learning enabled the school to deliver degree and continuing education courses globally.’