Stevens Institute of Technology’s WebCampus was again honored by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA). WebCampus received one of USDLA’s 21st Century Awards for Best Practices in Distance Learning at the association’s recent national conference in St. Louis. This is the seventh time WebCampus has earned recognition from USDLA, the country’s premier organization representing educators involved in online and remote learning and training.
The USDLA honors programs that achieve outstanding results through the use of the Internet, videoconferencing, satellite and blended learning delivery technologies. Stevens’ WebCampus also received USDLA awards in 2015, 2013, 2011, 2010, 2008 and 2006.
The USDLA presented the award on May 11 at the 2016 National Conference. John G. Flores, Executive Director of USDLA, said, “Each year these recognized leaders raise the bar and exceed best practice expectations for the industry as a whole and we are truly honored by their contributions within all distance learning constituencies.”
Assistant Dean Robert Zotti, who leads WebCampus, said, “Stevens has been working hard to create the best possible online learning experience for its students. We have more than 130 faculty members teaching online classes, and we are gratified by the USDLA’s award and its recognition of the advances we have made. With the quality improvement and growth initiatives that we’ve added into our strategic plan, I’m confident that we will be in a good position to win the award again in 2017.”
Stevens launched WebCampus in 2000 to provide opportunities to students beyond those served by traditional college and graduate programs. Each semester, WebCampus offers 125-150 online graduate classes in engineering, management and computer science. Students from 40 states and 40 countries have taken Stevens classes through WebCampus.
“This year’s USDLA Awards recipients represent the finest examples of online courses, best practices, and leadership in our field,” said George Collins, President of USDLA. “The depth and breadth of the USDLA membership allows us to engage with leaders from higher education, K-12, industry, military, and government who daily demonstrate the power of distance learning. We are so very proud and excited to be able to recognize this level of excellence."