Learning Goes Digital

With the price of gas rising exponentially, commuting to school or work is becoming more of a hassle. Add to the expense the fact that you’re an IT student strapped for time and cash, and it seems traveling more than a short distance is nearly impossible.

Stevens Institute of Technology, based in Hoboken, N.J., is one school that has attempted to break down this logistical barrier. Stevens introduced a Web-based component to its on-campus Executive Master’s in Technology Management (EMTM) curriculum. The EMTM degree is designed for IT professionals with five to eight years of work experience who want to transition from the purely technical side of IT into the management arena.

“In the current face-to-face design, students come every other Saturday to campus for a total of eight or nine Saturdays over a 16-week period. And therefore by design, you’re going to be limited to perhaps a 30- to 50-mile driving radius,” said Murrae Bowden, academic director of Stevens’ EMTM program. “So we had some discussions earlier this year about whether we could expand the model to make more use of the online facilities and come up with more of a blended design that would essentially extend the geographic reach.”

Mission accomplished: The new 21-month EMTM program is virtually all online. Students come to campus only twice, once for a weeklong orientation period in the beginning of the course and then again at the end of the semester to wrap everything up. The rest of the time, they participate…


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