Focus Areas

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Emerging Technologies

The pace of change in the educational technology marketplace is constantly increasing. Higher education professionals likely adopt new technologies more quickly and easily for personal use than for applying them in effective ways to improve learning and student engagement. In addition to our own research, WCET builds upon the experiences of its innovative institutional members to crowd source how institutions are evaluating, supporting, and utilizing emerging technologies to advance teaching and learning.

 

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Faculty Success

Great teachers are great teachers regardless of the type of classroom, in the cloud or on the ground. But teaching for the love of teaching and inspiring students in their own journey of learning has to compete with other priorities, such as training on new technologies, understanding accessibility requirements, redesigning courses to take advantage of open educational resources. WCET works with its members to share effective practices and policies that encourage faculty success. Another dimension of WCET’s faculty success agenda relates to the growth in part-time teaching faculty, often…

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Institutional Success

New innovations emerge each year increasing the demand for technology-enhanced instruction. As technology-enhanced learning grows in strategic importance in higher education, the biggest challenge for WCET members is managing change. Through its Managing Online Education survey, questions posed to the email list, e-Learning Consortia Common Interest Group, and focused projects, WCET explores the varied solutions that e-learning leaders use to meet the challenge. WCET members are open to collaborating and sharing their lessons learned so that others can build on that experience.

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Policy and Regulations

Policies and regulations impact the operation of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. WCET helps members understand the governmental laws and regulations that have a direct impact on institutions that offer distance or technology-enhanced learning. WCET follows emerging federal, state, and provincial regulations and seeks to help shape those proposals before they are enacted. Once those regulations are in place, WCET helps to interpret the requirements in understandable language and determine what methods institutions are using to comply. WCET also works with…

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Student Success

Student success is the overarching goal of WCET and the higher education institutions and organizations that form the cooperative's membership. Student success is critical for so many reasons - producing graduates with the skills that will transfer to the workplace, driving institutional accountability for and commitment to student persistence, building institutional reputation among non-traditional consumers of postsecondary education, helping students to manage their personal debt and more. As distance and online education have morphed into new forms of hybrid, blended and mobile…