Spotlight Archive

Issues and Trends in EdTech in 2016

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Join WCET's visionaries and leaders for a discussion of what edtech trends and issues are on the horizon. What should you be thinking about as you kick-off the 2016 academic year? What emerging issues are you seeing at your institution? Share them, and ask your questions during the open virtual conversation portion of the webcast. Register for this January 21st webcast.

State Authorization Compliance Workshop

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Are you charged with managing the state authorization at your institution? Do you need help navigating the chaotic world of state regulations, federal updates, and the seemingly endless paperwork involved? Are you relatively new to authorization and compliance issues? If so, the WCET State Authorization Compliance Workshop may be the answer! Race to Louisville, KY March 8-9, 2016 to learn with us.

New Steering Committee and Executive Council Leadership

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WCET is pleased to announce new members of the executive council and new leadership for both the steering committee and the executive council. At WCET, leadership reflects the cooperative model and collaborative spirit of our organization. By putting decisions in the hands of our membership, we stay in close sync with members' interests, even as they evolve. Read the full news release.

Linda Thor Receives WCET’s Top Award for E-Learning Leadership

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The award is named in honor of Richard Jonsen, the WICHE Executive Director who nurtured the idea of a technology cooperative and founded WCET in 1989. Exuding the principles espoused in the award, Dr. Thor has served the higher education community for over forty years with a pioneering and visionary spirit that has supported success for many students, many of whom might not have had a pathway without the opportunities Dr. Thor set in place. Read more about this well deserved honor.

Accessibility Month Continues at WCET

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To recognize the importance of accessibility as we kick off the fall semester, WCET will feature several Frontiers blogs and webcasts on accessibility issues and best practices across the institution.  We invite you to join in the learning by registering for our remaining webcast: Accessibility for Edtech Across the Campus: Turning a Negative into a Positive - September 29, 2015

Or view the archives from:
Video Captioning: Features, Costs, Good Practices, and How Captioning Benefits All Students - September 10, 2015
Promoting a Culture of Accessibility for Online Students - September 24, 2015

Unable to Join us in Denver for #WCET15?

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If you missed the WCET Annual Meeting November 11-13 or if you just want to relive or share the learning & laughter, view the recordings of the general sessions or check out the photos on Flickr. See: Robbie Melton's IoT antics during the opening keynote, the Reflecting and Looking Forward session which included two special acknowledgements, edtech leaders share their advice during the Leading Innovation in Higher Education general session panel, the WOW award luncheon, and the closing IoT panel. Our sincere thanks to Mediasite and Sonic Foundry for recording the sessions.​

WCET Members Get More Learning Included in #WCET15

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Did you know that for WCET members, preconference sessions at the upcoming 27th Annual Meeting are no additional charge?  Not a member (yet!), these fantastic sessions can be added to your registration for only $75.  Held from 10am – Noon on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, you won’t want to miss:

Already registered? Log back in to add these invigorating sessions. Haven’t registered? Do so quickly, as we’re nearing a sell-out!

Out with the Old, in with the New

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The old educational technology categories of LMS, SIS, and portal are being challenged by Learning Relationship Managers. As retention and completion are superseding access as priorities in U.S. higher education, these products may be well-positioned to help institutions take a leap forward in reaching those goals in the same way that customer relationship management tools have transformed the business world. Join this Oct. 22 webcast to learn more from the representatives of two LRM providers: Fidelis, Inc. and Motivis and two pioneering institutions: American Public University System and Capella University. Register Today.  

Fall into Learning with WCET Webcasts

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The learning continues this fall with webcasts to help you address edtech needs on campus.  Gather your colleagues and perhaps a cup of warm apple cider to investigate the following topics:

  • Teaching Competencies for 21st Century Learners. Join this Oct. 6 WCET Hangout, and follow along on twitter with #21CFaculty, to answer the questions, “is there a digital divide between Millennial students and today’s traditional teaching faculty? And what do we do about it?”
  • Out with the Old In With the New. The old educational technology categories of LMS, SIS, and portal are being challenged by Learning Relationship Managers. Join this Oct. 22 webcast to  learn more from the representatives of two LRM providers and two pioneering institutions.

Photo Credit: Doug Jones 

September is Accessibility Month at WCET

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To recognize the importance of accessibility as we kick off the fall semester, WCET will feature several Frontiers blogs and webcasts on accessibility issues and best practices across the institution.  We invite you to join in the learning by registering for our webcasts:

Video Captioning: Features, Costs, Good Practices, and How Captioning Benefits All Students - September 10, 2015
Promoting a Culture of Accessibility for Online Students - September 24, 2015
Accessibility for Edtech Across the Campus: Turning a Negative into a Positive - September 29, 2015

#WCET15 Program is Artfully Crafted

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With over 50 concurrent sessions and over 100 speakers, the 27th WCET Annual Meeting is "chalk" full of great learning.  

Highlights include:

We look forward to seeing YOU in the Mile High City for warm day, cool evenings and hot learning!

Photo Credit: Trevor Munson 

Congratulations to the 2015 WOW Recipients

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This year's WOW award recipients have all implemented solutions in areas shown to have impact on student success.

  • Boise State University: Virtual Reality Nursing Simulation with Custom Haptic System for Patient Safety.
  • The NROC Project: EdReady, A College Math Readiness System.
  • University of Central Florida: Directo Connect to UCF Pathway.
  • University of Maryland University College: Open Educational Resources Initiatives.

Read more about these exceptional programs in the press release and catch them at the WCET Annual Meeting Nov. 11-13, 2015 in Denver.

Accessibility Month Continues at WCET

A man in a wheelchair.

To recognize the importance of accessibility as we kick off the fall semester, WCET will feature several Frontiers blogs and webcasts on accessibility issues and best practices across the institution.  We invite you to join in the learning by registering for our remaining webcast:

Accessibility for Edtech Across the Campus: Turning a Negative into a Positive - September 29, 2015

Or view the archives from:

Video Captioning: Features, Costs, Good Practices, and How Captioning Benefits All Students - September 10, 2015
Promoting a Culture of Accessibility for Online Students - September 24, 2015

Connected Devices, Connected Colleagues

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With over 50 concurrent sessions and over 100 speakers, the 27th WCET Annual Meeting is an outstanding lineup of forward thinking innovators, practitioners, and thought leaders in higher education technology. In typical WCET fashion, nearly every session includes multiple perspectives on topics such as:

- The Internet of Things.
- Adaptive Learning.
- Federal Policy & the Impact on Students, Institutions, States, & Accreditors.
- Managing CBE -- From Starting an Initiative to Developing a Transcript.

Photo Credit: Wally Gobetz

Join WCET'ers in Denver

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Registration for the 27th WCET Annual Meeting is now open.  The annual meeting brings together innovative thinkers and pragmatic solutions to create a dynamic program and 3 days jam-packed with learning.  We've sold out in recent years, so register early to ensure your seat and save some funds. See YOU in the Mile High City!

Photo Credit: Andy Smith

New Bylaws Approved

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In a majority vote by the membership, WCET has amended the bylaws which govern your cooperative. The new bylaws include streamlined and clarified language regarding the operation of your cooperative. We encourage you to familiarize yourself with the new bylaws.

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WCET Steering Committee Nominations Open

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WCET members have the opportunity to serve on the 15-person Steering Committee, an advisory group elected to 3-year terms by the designated "official representative" of each member instituiton or organization.  Nominations are open to WCET members only until July 29th, 2015. For more information contact Sherri Artz Gilbert.

 

Your Ideas Matter!

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Some new federal regulations may be coming your way and we need to make our voice heard. We need your help in addressing concerns in four areas: ensuring equity for financial aid, student identity, accessibility, and state authorization of distance education. Visit WCET Frontiers to learn more and share your ideas with us today!

Photo credit: Stephen Melkisethian