Over its 140-year history, Stevens Institute of Technology has a tradition of academic excellence, and over past decades has embraced state-of-the-art technology to support teaching, learning, and research.
Technology at Our Core, a central pillar of Stevens’ mission, drives us to inspire, nurture, and educate leaders who will contribute to finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. In order to support our mission, Stevens has engineered a virtual learning environment (VLE) that improves access to STEM education so students can focus on solving global challenges that move science forward.
Cutting-edge Technology Meets Education
Stevens is at the cutting-edge with its VLE, providing students access to educational software and collaboration platforms. Offering access to the latest software through our private cloud technology, Stevens is pioneering efforts that are shaping the university learning experience both on campus and across higher education.
The VLE serves as a crucial component in students’ career preparation by making it easy to access the latest, innovative software. Rather than having to purchase a costly workstation laptop computer, the VLE allows students to log into our private cloud and run specialized tools through a browser window. It allows virtual access to nearly 50 software packages, including graphic-intensive software and CPU-intensive applications. Student will always have the latest versions of the best software through the VLE – without needing a graphics card or worrying about software updates and patches. This robust learning environment provides students with software such as Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks, Mathworks MATLab, Adobe® Creative Cloud®, and more.
Stevens’ fully-integrated virtual learning environment, accessible through mobile devices and tablets, has been configured specifically to enhance academic success in preparation for students’ future careers. Our learning environment is one of the reasons Stevens is ranked 6th among colleges on Forbes’ Highest Salaries after Graduation list, and was among the 50 “Colleges that Create Futures” as identified by the Princeton Review.
Made possible through grants from the State of New Jersey, the Stevens VLE serves as a model that may be replicated at other institutions, creating greater access to STEM education, and serving the needs of our society and world. Stevens has been recognized for its innovative use of technology to support STEM education. Read more in the case study conducted by nVidia.