Flipping the Script at Stevens Institute

A revolution in classroom learning is underway at Stevens Institute of Technology. The students have an active role in contributing to class lessons, instead of just passively listening to long lectures, because they have Mezzanine from Oblong Industries.

Stevens Institute of Technology is shaping the next generation of leaders in the worlds of business and finance. Based in New Jersey, this leading high-tech finance education institution just across the river from Wall St. and Metropolitan New York. The school is recognized for its success in placing students into prestigious companies. To meet the demands of a more data-rich future, and to build upon its growing reputation as a leader in the field, Stevens invested in immersive visual collaboration technologies for its state-of-the art financial systems and data visualization labs.

“These new labs provide the tools and the technologies to make good decisions and it also provides the environment of collaboration that is needed to address major problems both in business and in finance.”

Gregory Prastacos
Dean of the School of Business
Stevens Institute of Technology

Mezzanine in the Classroom

This investment turned the dynamics of the classroom on its head. The learning environment is now more collaborative with students able to immediately connect and contribute content streams from multiple sources simultaneously. This enables teams of student analysts to get significantly more engaged, evaluate problems from a wider angle, and move faster to better decisions. The educator in this environment can take on a supporting role as advisor, advocate, and guide to problem-solving the matters at hand. The approach is important, because it mirrors the realities of the future of work, which is forecast to be ever more complex.

“Unless you’re moving [workflows] into a more visual and immersive kind of mode you’re going to have a lot of trouble even coping with the data that you’re getting out of the market today.”

George Calhoun
Director of the Quantitative Finance Program
Stevens Institute of Technology

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