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Stephen obtained his first degree in economics from Dalhousie
University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1979, and followed that with a master’s degree
in information technology education in 1999. He has been involved in higher
education since 1999 on both a full- and part-time basis.
Stephen has been directly involved in executing
IT projects since 1984. He combines his business expertise with technology as a
business process/IT analyst. Some of his former clients include Hostess
Frito-Lay (Canada), Baby Universe (online retail), Ontario Hospital
Association, and The National Hockey League Players’ Association, as well as
many others. He says he likes to think of himself as a “grizzly veteran” of the
efforts to improve the delivery of IT and the development process, through 30
years of experience in the field.
Stephen is interested in advances in application development
methodologies such as “Agile,” effective use of high-performance teams in IT
projects, and IT architecture and design. He is proficient in technologies such
as Java and Microsoft .Net programming, SQL Server and Oracle DBMS, the
Microsoft Dynamics CRM development platform, and mobile development. He is very
interested in the promise of HTML 5.0 and cloud-based interoperable systems and
He endeavors to bring his real-world experiences directly into the
classroom, believing that it is necessary in providing students with an
enhanced perspective, motivation, and understanding of real world issues,
challenges, and opportunities.
In the past few years Stephen has been working with a team that is
deeply involved in the research, design, and development of a new learning
management system combined with a collaboration support platform. This new
system is designed from the ground up to deeply engage students by working to
address many aspects affecting their intrinsic motivation. The system relies on
the pedagogical foundation of strengthening social and collaborative
interactions. It integrates an evaluation framework, seamlessly allowing
learners to gain continuous and broadly based feedback on their progress. It
stresses active and collaborative learning approaches and uniquely repositions
the roles that faculty may utilize in the learning process. Stephen is happy to
show and discuss this initiative and welcomes your questions/feedback.
Stephen’s main interests, beyond technology and education, center
on broad spectrum research of business, economic, and social trends relating to
IT. Stephen’s hobbies include economics, politics, environmental issues,
ethics, innovation, patent and copyright reform, emerging energy technologies,
golf, cooking, literature, and travel.
Hard to pin down, Stephen lives part of the time in Lima, Peru, and
part of the time in various locations within Canada.
EducationMaster of Information Technology Education, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaBachelor of Arts (Economics), Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CanadaDiploma in Business Computer Programming, Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Susan FerebeeFaculty, Information Technology
Tamara FudgeFaculty, Information Technology
Glen JeneweinFaculty, Information Technology
David LecomteFaculty, Information Technology
Alan RynarzewskiFaculty, Information Technology
Stephen SavageFaculty, Information Technology
Randy StauberFaculty, Information Technology
Lynne WilliamsFaculty, Information Technology
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