ICYMI: Diversity in the Higher Ed Pipeline. View the recording of WCET's Cali Morrison in a Google Hangout with Jaime Casap, Education Evangelist at Google and Mariana Lebron, Assistant Professor of Management at Towson University. The trio discussed diversity issues and where the leaks may be in the higher ed pipeline.
State Authorization Compliance Workshop. Are you charged with managing the state authorization of distance education 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 July 23-24 WCET State Authorization Compliance Workshop may be the answer! Photo Credit: Mclcbooks
Few Seats Remain for the Adaptive Learning Leadership Summit. On June 10-11, 2015, WCET will hold the Leadership Summit, "Adaptive Learning in Higher Ed: Improving Outcomes Dynamically" in Santa Fe, New Mexico where institutional leaders and corporate innovators will convene to explore the challenges, benefits, and tools related to adaptive learning in higher education. Learn more and register today! Photo Credit: Jim Nix
It's TRUE, you have something to share with the WCET Community. Submit your proposal for the WCET Annual Meeting. Sessions are recognized for the diversity of perspectives, the bold approaches addressed, and the engaging, conversational format among speakers and the audience. WCET presenters include higher education professionals who are leading change and innovation at their organizations. Submit today!
WOW Us! The 2015 WCET Outstanding Work Award (WOW) is open for nominations through June 1st. WOW recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. What work will you nominate?
Busting the Myth: Distance Education Enrollment. WCET has produced an infographic utilizing the 2013 Fall IPEDS Enrollment numbers. This quick overview shows distance education enrollment patterns might not be what popular opinion thinks they are. We encourage you to share this with your networks!
Check out the Frontiers blog for a deeper discussion of these data.
Are Smart Devices and Gadgets Smarter Than Teachers. This webcast will highlight some of the latest innovations in emerging technologies in terms of the impact in teaching and learning. Participants will receive information regarding quality standards for determining the educational value and best use practices. Access the archived presentation now!
Register for Adaptive Learning Leadership Summit. On June 10-11, 2015, WCET will hold the Leadership Summit, "Adaptive Learning in Higher Ed: Improving Outcomes Dynamically" in Santa Fe, New Mexico where institutional leaders and corporate innovators will convene to explore the challenges, benefits, and tools related to adaptive learning in higher education. Learn more and register today! Photo Credit: Jim Nix
What's New at Creative Commons? You may be familiar with Creative Commons, a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools, but do you know that they are involved with numerous initiatives that are positively impacting higher education and Open Education Resource Adoption? Access the archived presentation now!
WCET Partners with UPCEA, OLC on Teacher Prep Regulation Response. WCET has teamed up with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and UPCEA to submit a letter expressing our concerns and highlighting recommendations regarding the proposed Teacher Preparation Regulations from the Department of Education and their potential effect on distance learning teacher preparation programs. Read the full letter.
Using Tech to Foster Collaboration. How we think about the value of collaborative skills has undergone dramatic change, as both technology and the workplace (and workplace expectations) have evolved. Educators, parents, and learners say that collaborative skills are important, even as employers are asking for graduates who are effective collaborators in the workplace. But how well are we doing as a community in promoting it -- whether via social interactions or use of technologies? View information from this webcast here.
Hangout with WCET and Anya Kamenetz. Join us February 5 at 10 AM MST for a Google Hangout on Air with Anya Kamenetz, who keynoted the 2014 Annual Meeting, to discuss her new book The Test: Why Our Schools are Obsessed with Standardized Testing–But You Don’t Have to Be. View the Hangout and participate in the conversation via Twitter, #WCETHangout. RSVP today.
Take a Trip Down Memory Lane. It was great seeing many of our members and friends in Portland, OR this past November for the WCET 26th Annual Meeting. Take a moment to check out the photos from this inspiring gathering of colleagues and friends. Be sure to mark your calendar for the WCET 27th Annual Meeting November 11-13, 2015 in Denver, CO.
Peter P. Smith to Lead WCET Executive Council. WCET is delighted to announce that Peter P. Smith, Founder and President, Open College at Kaplan University (OC@KU) assumed the position of chair of the WCET Executive Council at its 26th Annual Meeting in November. A long time contributor to the WCET community and well-versed leader in higher education, Smith will continue his tradition of leadership and mentorship in this role. Read more in the press release.
State Authorization Compliance Workshop. Are you charged with managing the state authorization of distance education at your institution? Are you relatively new to authorization and compliance issues? If so, then this workshop is for you! WCET is pleased to partner with Franklin University (Columbus, Ohio) to bring together experts in the field of state authorization to educate you on the intricacies of authorization. The two-day workshop will provide detailed, up-to-date information designed to help your institution manage the complexities of state authorizations. Join us March 2-3, 2015 in Atlanta. Photo Credit: Kay Gaensler.
Michael Goldstein wins 2014 Richard Jonsen Award. WCET is pleased to announce that Michael Goldstein of Cooley, LLP, has honored with the 2014 Richard Jonsen Award for his commitment to e-learning leadership. As a pioneer in the development and rational regulation of higher education, Goldstein's lifetime contributions to the field and to WCET as an organization make him a natural fit for this, WCET's top award. Learn more in our press release.
PAR Student Success Membership Offer for WCET Institutions Register for the Wednesday, December 10th webcast in which Ellen Wagner, PAR Chief Research & Strategy Officer and Russ Little, PAR Chief Innovation Officer, will share a special offer for WCET institutions to join the next wave of pioneers driving measurable improvements in student outcomes through a special Student Success Membership of the PAR Framework.
Mike Abbiatti named WCET Executive Director. WICHE President, David Longanecker, announced today the appointment of Mike Abbiatti as the new Executive Director for WCET. Mike will bring his expertise and passion for promoting innovation in teaching and learning as well as experience in policy and leadership to the WCET team beginning January 5, 2015. Learn more in our press release.
Get Mobile at #WCET14 with our App! Download the free WCET Mobile Program Application which will allow you to add your own notes to the PowerPoint presentations, build your itinerary, follow the Twitter feed (#WCET14) and more. Search WCET's 26th Annual Meeting in your device's app store.
Badges in Higher Ed at #WCET14 Attend this preconference session to learn about practical uses of badges in education and employment. The expert panelists will discuss a framework for institutional policies for badges, give an overview of the federal policy context that affects how we scale the badge movement, and introduce the Badge Alliance. Preregistration is required (free for members, $40 for non-members). Sign up during #WCET14 registration or contact us. Photo Credit: MoodleBadges.com
Take an Academic Tour in Portland The #WCET14 program includes two opportunities to get out of the conference facility and see where the rubber hits the road. Visit the Portland State University Office of Academic Innovation to see how this new office provides leadership and support for campus activities that explore and promote excellence in teaching & learning. Or head over to Inside Track to get a behind-the-scenes look at their state-of-the-art coaching center. Photo Credit: Imelda
WCET Welcomes New Steering Committee WCET is happy to announce the election of six colleagues to the WCET Steering Committee - Deb Adair, Matt Prineas, Wm.Preston Davis, Justin Louder, Nick White and Joan Bouillon. This committee is representative of the membership and positions are elected by their peers to make recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership. Read more about your colleagues in the news release.
Russ Poulin Receives Top Award WCET is proud to announce that Russ Poulin, deputy director for research and analysis, is the second recipient ever of the “Champions of E-Learning Award – Heavy Lifter Award” as bestowed by the Presidents’ Forum. Learn more about this award in our media release.
Be the Bird, Not the Worm The early bird discount deadline is just around the corner. Register prior to October 18th to save $100 on attending the the 26th WCET Annual Meeting in Portland, OR. The program features innovative and forward-thinking sessions, discussions, and speakers. Don't delay! Last year's event sold out! Photo Credit: Nathan Rupert
WCET Fall Mobile App Series New smartphones, tablets, lap tops, and now emerging wearable technologies are transforming teaching, learning, and delivery of education. Along with these smarter devices are new designs and interaction features of mobile apps. Here are some of the latest free mobile apps used in postsecondary education as compiled by WCET appologist, Robbie Melton.
Lessons Learned with Institutional Data Analytics Join the WCET community for this Oct. 9th facilitated online discussion about what the challenges, opportunities, and lessons learned from developing, deploying, and evaluating institutional data analytics initiatives.
Russ Little Joins PAR Framework as Chief Innovation Officer. Little comes to the PAR Framework following two decades of distinguished service at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, OH. Little is well known for actively promoting and enabling student success through his efforts focused on technology-mediated academic planning and advising. Read the media release.
WCET Annual Meeting News. As mindfully crafted as street art in Portland, the WCET Annual Meeting program is practical and profound-filled with new ideas and actionable solutions that help you do your job better. Join your colleagues and friends as your cooperative celebrates 26 years of coming together. Register today. Photo Credit: Chris L
Law & Disorder: Revision of Laws Affected by the Internet. For this September 23 webcast, WCET welcomes two internationally known experts on information technology law and policy in higher education. Tracy Mitrano and Richard Katz will review five major laws in need of revision due to the social, technical, legal, and market disruptions caused by the Internet.
WCET Recognizes Institutions Answering Challenges with Innovative Programs. WCET is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2014 WCET Outstanding Work award - Capella University, Colorado Technical University, Excelsior College, Northern Virginia Community College, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Read the press release to learn more.
Higher Ed Leaders Elected to Lead WCET Steering Committee. WCET is pleased to announce that Luke Dowden will serve as 2014-2015 Steering committee chair, with Deb Gearhart stepping into the vice-chair role. Karen Solomon is currently serving as interim Steering Committee chair. Read the news release about these WCET leadership elections.
Be the Bird... Registration is open for #WCET14. Register for the Annual Meeting before October 17th to get early bird pricing! Not a WCET member? Join WCET today to get the absolute best pricing on the Annual Meeting. See you in Portland! Bird image credit: John Bennett
All Hands on Deck. WCET Leadership Fellow, Pat Book, has published a valuable resource for those interested in and getting started with competency-based education. All Hands on Deck: Ten Lessons from Early Adopters of Competency-Based Education provides a snapshot of the two dominate models of CBE and shares valuable lessons learned from pioneers in this area.
Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials -- Cities of Learning: July 28, 2-3 ET. Join us for a live presentation as we dive deeper into the Cities of Learning movement during a facilitated discussion between the key partners and open badges experts that are behind building the Cities of Learning infrastructure and badges systems, as well as local city officials that have had a direct hand in implementing the Cities of Learning program to-date.
The Future of State Authorization of Distance Education. Join WCET, OLD, UPCEA, and M-SARA for two webcast series exploring the future of both the regulations and reciprocity in the state authorization of distance education. The 90-minute webcasts are free, but space is limited. The webcasts will be archived for later viewing.
Put Your Idea in the Running. WCET Annual Meeting sessions are recognized for the diversity of perspectives, the bold approaches addressed, and the engaging, conversational format among speakers and the audience. WCET presenters include higher education professionals who are leading change and innovation at their organizations. Submit today!
Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Wins 2014 Campus Technology Innovator Award. Campus Technology editors and judging committee of higher educational IT leaders selected the PAR Framework as an innovator in the Student Systems & Services category from among hundreds of nominations for this coveted recognition. Read more....
The Role of Badges in Alternative Credentialing. In response to specific employer/industry requirements and the particular needs of the adult learner, interest in new approaches to credentialing is on the rise. This session will investigate various ways that open badges provide the basis for alternative credentialing programs. Join us.
Boot Camp: Building Institutional Readiness for Data Analytics. WCET's Boot Camp is designed for institutions that have some familiarity of the power of data analytics in higher education, but want to build their capacity for analytics, including institutional analytics for performance reporting, as well as learning analytics for student success. Check out the agenda.
Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Project to Launch as Independent Non-Profit Organization. PAR Framework, originating as a "big idea" funded by foundation research grants into a national non-profit collaborative venture of data-sharing institutions working to use predictive analytics, tied to intervention measurement, to solve student success challenges. Read more.
Missed #wcetsummit14? Resources available now. If you were unable to join us in Salt Lake for the WCET Summit: Designing Alternative Pathways to Credentials, or just want to refresh your memory, be sure to visit the Summit Page, which as videos and resources to help you get up to speed.
May Webcast. Combating Fraud While Protecting Aid for True Students. Join us for this free 60-minute webcast on May 21 with Joe Agins, Appollo Education Group; Kishia Brock and Ruby Miller, Rio Salado College; and Moderator Luke Dowden, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award Nominations Open. The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award recognizes outstanding efforts by member institutions and organizations in applying an innovative, technology-based solution to a challenging educational need. Deadline for nominations is May 2.
A Few Spots Remain for the WCET Leadership Summit. Designing Alternative pathways to Credentials. The summit will bring together higher education leaders for important strategic discussions about competency-based education programs, credit for prior learning, badges, and other pathways to postsecondary credentials. View the preliminary agenda and register.
Join WCET's State Authorization Network. WCET invites systems, consortia, and institutions interested in working together to share resources and knowledge about state authorization. Working collaboratively, institutions can navigate the state regulations processes more efficiently than working on their own. Deadline for joining is April 15.
April Webcast. The Upcoming Higher Education Act Reauthorization: Why the e-Learning Community Should Pay Attention Join us for this free 75-minute webcast. A moderated panel will begin with a brief history of past HEA reauthorizations and then turn to a conversation among policy experts.
WCET Leadership Summit. Designing Alternative Pathways to Credentials. The Summit will bring together higher education leaders for important strategic discussions about competency-based education programs, credit for prior learning, badges, and other pathways to postsecondary credentials. View the preliminary agenda and register.
Big Audacious Conversation About Competency-Based Education. Join Vernon Smith, special consultant to the provost for online programs at Mount St. Mary's College, Mary Alice McCarthy, senior policy analyst with the New America Foundation, and Linda Howdyshell, college provost and senior vice president for academics and student success at Broward College for a conversation about CBE.
Introducing Mozilla's BadgeKit. Join WCET and partners for this Monday, March 31st Noon (MT) webcast. No registration is required. BadgeKit is a new set of open, foundational tools that will make the badging process easy and simple. BadgeKit will be launched by Mozilla's Open Badges team in march of 2014. This session will provide a general overview of BadgeKit, including: Why BadgeKit? What is BadgeKit? A deeper look at BadgeKit tools, and more.
Assessment Strategies for Effective Badge Systems. Join WCET and partners for this Monday, February 24th noon (MT) webcast. No registration is required. This session will look at various strategies for assessment that generate evidence of competency or skill mastery.
Bringing A Campus Experience to Online Students. Join us for this February 13th webcast addressing how using open content and social media can build the infrastructure to create a campus experience and retain students.
2013 Managing Online Education Survey Reveals Institutions Are Adopting Standards to Promote Online Education Quality. WCET, in partnership with BCcampus, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, and eCampusAlberta, announce the release of the 2013 Managing Online Education Survey focused on the practices that promote quality in online education.
Badges & Competency-based Learning. Join WCET and partners for this Monday, January 27th Noon (MT) webcast. No registration is required. This session will demonstrate how badges are a logical and highly motivational component in competency-based learning.
Registration Open for First Webcasts in 2014. Join us for three upcoming webcasts you do not want to miss as we jump into 2014:
- January 9: Issues and Trends in Edtech in 2014.
- January 23: What's New with SARA? Update on the National State Reciprocity Agreement.
- February 13: Bringing a Campus Experience to Online Students.
2013 Managing Online Education Survey Reveals Institutions Are Adopting Standards to Promote Online Education Quality. WCET, in partnership with BCcampus, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium, and eCampusAlberta, announce the release of the 2013 Managing Online Education Survey focused on the practices that promote quality in online education.
Congratulations to the 2013 RJ Award Recipient: Fred Hurst. Fred Hurst of the Extended Campuses at Northern Arizona University, honored with WCET's top award, receiving the 2013 Richard Jonsen award. WOW award recipients also recognized at WCET's Annual Meeting.
Couldn't Join Us in Denver for WCET13? View recordings of the general sessions. Thanks to our in-kind sponsors Zoom, for recording the in-depth sessions (coming soon) and Sonic Foundry, for recording the general sessions.
WCET Awards Outstanding Work in Higher Education. WCET is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2013 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award, a competition that recognizes innovative uses of educational technologies in higher education.
- Lane Community College: OER Faculty Fellowship.
- University of Central Florida: Obojobo.
- University of North Carolina: The Online Proctoring Network.
WCET Welcomes New Steering Committee Members. The Steering Committee is representative of the WCET membership and makes recommendations on programmatic issues of interest to the membership at-large. We are pleased to welcome and congratulate the newest members of your steering committee - Thomas Cavanagh, Kevin Corcoran, mary Ann Lund Goodwin, David Leasure, and Lisa Mentz. Additional congratulations to Christine Lustik (pictured here), who was elected as the Vice Chair of the Steering Committee. Read more.
New Resources on Vendor Relationships from Your Cooperative. WCET is excited to introduce two new resources developed by the WCET Steering Committee lead by Deb Gearhart (Ohio University), Christine Lustik (Smarthinking), and Pat Fenn (Ocean County College):
- Talking Points: How to Successfully Choose and Develop a Relationship with Vendors.
- Best Practice Checklist for Choosing and Working with Third Party Vendors.
Badges - New Currency for Professional Credentials. Join WCET, Mozilla, Blackboard and Sage Road Solutions, as we explore an international discussion, utilizing the MOOC format, on the role of badges as a new currency of exchange for high value, post-secondary credentials for the new workforce. Learn more and sign up today for the September 9th start.
PAR Framework Receives Innovation Award. WCET is pleased to announce that their Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework has received the 2013 National University Technology Network (NUTN) Distance Education innovation Award. Read More.
Big Audacious Conversation: Vernon Smith. Join us on September 19th, for a Big Audacious Conversation with Dr. Vernon Smith, chief academic officer and provost at MyCollege Foundation's newly launched Portmont College at Mount St. Mary's. Portmont College is dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost college degrees to students who face barriers.
WCET Releases e-Learning Consortia Profiles. WCET announces a new resource with profiles of e-learning consortia, highlighting their missions and services. Consortia foster inter-institutional partnerships to share resources with the goal of increasing the institutional capacity for technology-mediated courses and programs. Learn about their innovative ways of sharing.
Webcast: Educational Analytics: An Engaged Approach to Engaging Learners. Registration is closed for the "Educational Analytics: An Engaged Approach to Engaging Learners" webcast on August 14 at 11:00 AM MDT. Host Ellen Wagner, Executive Director of WCET; Adrian Guardia, lecturer at Texas A&M University - San Antonio; and Cindy Clarke, Senior Vice President of Marketing at CourseSmart, discussed the implications of educational analytics and effective interventions.
PAR Framework Releases Student Success Matrix. The Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework, managed by WCET, recently publicly released its Student Success Matrix. The PAR Student Success Matrix gives institutions a powerful means to inventory, organize and conceptualize supports and interventions aimed at improving student outcomes. Utilizing this common structure to categorize and quantify the effects of student supports paves the way to truly understand, measure, and scale the highest impact tools for improving student outcomes. View the matrix!
New Tool: Academic Integrity Self-Check. As a member of WCET's CIG on Academic Integrity and Student Authentication, Luke Dowden, director of distance learning at University of Louisiana at Lafayette, has adapted a portion of his faculty survey to share with WCET members as this Academic Integrity Self-Check. Feel free to use and adapt this self-check at your institution! Photo credit: checklist image by stockmonkeys.com.
Join Us for WCET's 25th Annual Meeting! Join us in Denver, November 13-15 for WCET's 25th Annual Meeting! View the comprehensive preliminary program, including Keynote presenter Dr. Paul LeBlanc, President of Southern New Hampshire University, and closing general session presenter, Jane Hart, founder of the Centre for Learning and Performance Technologies.
New Resources from Your Cooperative. WCET is excited to introduce new resources for our members and friends. Whether you're headed to meet a state legislator, board member or just want to personally learn more, these concise accounts help clarify essential information.
- Talking Points: A Simple Guide to Navigating the MOOC Muddle.
- Talking Points: State and Federal Regulations on 'State Authorization' of Distance Education.
- Question & Answers: FERPA Requirements for Non-Faculty Employees.
Get Social with WCET. WCET uses social media to connect with members and friends via our Twitter and Facebook. We share timely news and announcements, interesting articles and the occasional ed tech funny.
Mobile Apps for Students with Disabilities Webcast. Registration is closed for this May 7th webcast in which WCET app-ologist Robbie Melton will showcase mobile apps that have shown to assist student with disabilities, for assistive technology tools and to help institutions in addressing ADA in using mobile devices. Contact Megan Raymond for more information.
Colleges Moving Slowly Toward State Authorization Compliance or Opting Out of State. A growing number of colleges obtained the necessary approvals in states in which they serve distance students, but many have a long way to go. As an alternative to seeking approval, an increasing number of institutions no longer accept students from some states. These are the findings of a survey of nearly 200 colleges conducted jointly by WCET, UPCEA and Sloan Consortium.
WOW Award Nominations OPEN!! The Call for Nominations for the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award is now open. Submit your nomination form by April 22. Look across your campus or organization for successful and innovative works that meet WOW criteria.
Does Your Institution Suffer from Dissociative Identity Disorder? - March 12.
Open Education: The Business & Policy Case for OER - April 18.
Mobile Apps Support and Services for Students with Disabilities - May 7.
WCET Annual Meeting - Call for Proposals. Save the date for the 25th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, November 13-15! The Call for Proposals is now OPEN! Submit your proposal or recommend a topic or speaker. Deadline is April 3.
The PAR Framework Releases Common Data Definitions. This WCET-managed project publicly released common data definitions for the more than 60 institutional, transcript and student-level data collected from its 16 institutional partners for inclusion in the PAR database.
eLearning Consortia CIG Webcast Archive. View the January 30 archive and slides from the eLearning Consortia CIG webcast - The @ONE Model: Practical Skills for Online Teaching Success by Micah Orloff, @ONE. Once in the room, select play on the toolbar. Be a part of one of WCET's Common Interest Groups!
Congratulations to the 2012 RJ Award Recipient: Rhonda Epper! Dr. Rhonda Epper of the Colorado Community College System honored with WCET's top award, receiving the 2012 Richard Jonsen award. WOW award recipients also recognized at WCET's Annual Meeting.
2012 has been declared "Year of the MOOC" by many. Did you participate? Were you one of the statistics - those who start strong and fizzle before finishing? Did you lurk at the back of the classroom, perhaps learning but not fully participating? We invite you to indulge our curiosity with this poll about where our members and friends fall in the MOOC mania.
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Missed the Annual Meeting? You can view these featured sessions:
- Technology Toys to Tools - Jane Bozarth.
- Equity: The Answer to Completion - Deborah Santiago.
- WCET Smackdown, powered by Pecha Kucha.
Thank you to Mediasite by Sonic Foundry for capturing these sessions.
Photo by Richard Nowitz, SACVB.
Congratulations to the 2012 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award Recipients! Each year WCET recognizes exceptional efforts by our members in implementing technology in higher education. This year's recipients are Monterey Institute for Technology and Education; NJEDge.Net; and Tennessee Board of Regents. Read more about the recipients' great programs.
Live Dispatches from #WCET2012. Follow us on Twitter, read highlights from the Annual Meeting, view the general session presentations from the 24th WCET Annual Meeting! See you there... Oct. 31 - Nov. 3 - San Antonio, TX. Photo by Al Rendon, SACVB.
WCET's Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework Brings the Power of Big Data to Online Learning. WCET announced today it has been awarded a $2,557,920 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to validate and extend their ground-breaking work exploring effective uses of big data predictive analytics to improve opportunity and success for low-income and first-generation students.
- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Game+Badge Program, "Who's Got Class?" - August 28, 2012.
- Big Audacious Conversation with Blogger Joshua Kim - September 12, 2012.
- Big Audacious Conversation with DOE's Richard Culatta - October 17, 2012.
Registration is Open for the 24th WCET Annual Meeting! The premiere professional development event for e-learning. Gain practical solutions. Expand professional networks. Influence WCET initiatives. See you there... Oct. 31-Nov. 3 - San Antonio, TX. Photo by Al Rendon, SACVB.
We're Kicking Off Who's Got Class?! Who’s Got Class?, our new badge and game-based learning initiative is on its way. This customized multi-player game offers a fun, light-hearted way to explore the emerging, evolving world of badges & games, learn more about WCET programs and services, and earn badges as you complete missions where you engage with other WCET members and institutional teams.
Russell Poulin Receives Excelsior College President's Medal. As a recognition of his exceptional contributions to the field of adult and distance education, Excelsior College has bestowed the President's Medal to WCET's Russell Poulin. Congratulations, Russ!
Forging the Future: "What If" My Campus Could Guarantee a Four-Year Degree? Join your colleagues before the WCET Annual Meeting for a half-day workshop on Wednesday, October 31. Connect with thought-leaders and forge the future towards changing the game plan for student progress at your institution.
WEBCAST ARCHIVE: Reciprocity: Leaping Over the State Authorization Barrier. The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) aims to be less costly and complex than the current system for both states and institutions. The archive of this webcast is now available.
WCET's Blog Chosen as a Must-Read by Ed Tech Magazine! You can follow the hashtag #HighEdTechTop50 on Twitter to get involved in the conversation and connect with fellow bloggers. Read more WCET blogs.
WEBCAST : Where Do I Send My RFP? Procurement in the Age of Open and Cloud Services. One of the biggest changes to the market is that we seem to be moving from an enterprise LMS market, with full-featured monolithic systems, into a learning platform market, with many cloud-based platforms that don't attempt to have all the features in one system. Join us for this May 22 webcast!
Join the State Authorization Network! Save time. Fewer headaches. Work together with others to address these complex regulations. Deadline to join has been extended to April 20.
"Who's Got Class" - A game-based badge initiative, open to WCET members and not-yet members! Sign up for this informal, light-hearted experience of badges and games. This is a great opportunity to experience what designing and implementing a badge system for learning entails.
The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes exceptional efforts by WCET members in implementing technology in higher education. See the Call for Nominations and the Nomination Form. Nominations due April 4.
WEBCAST: Mobilizing Higher Education with Apps.Join us for this April 3 webcast, with Robbie Melton, Tennessee Board of Regents; Clark Quinn, Quinnovation; and Ellen Wagner, WCET!
WEBCAST: Getting Started With Badges for Learning. Will you be ready to respond when your campus leader puts you in charge of badges? For this March 8 webcast, join John Bower, CEO of uBoost, and Anne Derryberry, 2010-2011 Donald W. Reynolds Fellow, Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri School of Journalism!
Annual Meeting Call for Proposals: The 2012 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals is NOW Open! Submit your proposal for the meeting which will be held October 31-November 3 in San Antonio! View the submission info and rubric. Deadline is March 16. Photo by Al Rendon, SACVB
Webcast: A Classroom Without Boundaries--Web and Videoconferencing Solutions for Online Distance Education. Presentation by Andy Black, University of Utah. Sponsored by WCET's Beyond the LMS Common Interest Group.Register today for this February 23 Webcast!
Coming Attractions: Webcasts - March 8: Innovative Education Applications for Badging and Gaming in Higher Education. March 14: What You Need to Know About State Authorization (Open to WCET and WCET State Authorization Network Members).
Webcast: Fraud and Beyond--Distance Education and the New Financial Aid Rules. Join Karen McCarthy and Joan Berkes with NASFAA, and Audrey Osswald for this Feb. 1 webcast.
BREAKING NEWS: SOPA and PIPA Indefinitely Postponed. Learn how the SOPA and PIPA legislation could have a huge impact on your web site through this short video or one-page update. If you don't like it, contact your U.S. Senator and/or Congressional Representative. Let them know.
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Michael Offerman Receives Richard Jonsen Award! Offerman is honored with this lifetime achievement award for his impact and commitment in promoting access, quality, accountability, and consumer information for adult working students.
Connect Virtually with the WCET Annual Conference! Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, catch our blog updates, view the general session presentations thanks to Sonic Foundry, access materials via Slideshare! Download the conference mobile app!
Register TODAY for WCET's Annual Conference and Membership Meeting! Register online and view the program for the 2011 WCET Annual Conference and Membership Meeting! Do it today! Spots are filling quickly!!
Webcast: Improving Assessment of Online Progress Using the Transparency by Design Model. Sept. 13 - Learn how Capella University and Rio Salado College have used the Transparency by Design framework to improve assesment of their online programs.
Sept. 13 - Building a Culture of Professional Development Among Online Faculty.
Sept. 15 - Forging the Future: The $10,000 Baccalaureate Degree.
Capturing Adult Learners: College Choices for Adults releases new data, Learner Progress, to track how learners are retained and complete at partner institutions. View the College Choices for Adults Press Release!
August 16 Webcast: Online Accessibility: Seeing the Forest AND the Trees. This webcast will demystify and simplify information on both the system level and individual faculty and staff level.
July 26 Webcast: Ranking Online Education Programs: A Conversation with U.S. News. Questions answered about U.S. News' statistical survey about your online programs and the process.
Learning Analytics: The Future is Now! Join us on May 11 for a free webcast! Presenters are Deborah Everhart, Blackboard, Inc.; John Fritz, University of Maryland, Baltimore County; and Phil Ice, American Public University System.
State Approval Regs Starter List Updated! The State Approval Regulations for Distance Education: A Starter List has been updated as of March 17 and includes an addendum with revisions to four of the states.
WOW Award Call for Nominations! The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes outstanding efforts in implementing technology in higher education! Read the Call for Nominations and send in a nomination today! Nominations due April 25!
The Call for Proposals for the 23rd Annual WCET Conference is Open! Submit today. Deadline is March 25th. View the proposal announcement and access the submission form.
2010 Federal Regulations on State Approval of Out-of-State Providers. The US ED's new "program integrity" regulations and how they affect YOUR institution. Read more about the new regulations!
Photos from La Jolla! Were you there? See all the great pics from the WCET Annual Conference!
Yep! There's an app for that! (Link no longer available.) The WCET Conference Program application has just been released for the iPhone and is available for free. Download the app or read the press release! (links no longer available for the app or press release.)
Where in the World is WCET? WCET staff are making changes all over the world! Stop by and see us at a location near you.
Survey on Managing Online Education. What's the Story? Highlights and implications from the first Managing Online Education (MOE) study. October 5 Webcast.
Rethinking Higher Education. Listen to Peter Smith's unique perspective on the status of higher education and the need for change. September 21 Webcast
WCET challenges you to share what you have to say about the adoption of technology in higher ed with 20 slides and only 20 seconds for each! Participate in the first annual WCET Pecha Kucha Smackdown! To participate, check the activity box during the online registration process.
Explore the new WCET website. Ellen Wagner, WCET's Executive Director, welcomes you to the new site and invites you to experience its new features. She also discusses our new name and previews "coming attractions."
Growing Federal Concern with Distance Education: Could the Rules Be Changing? August 24, 2010, 3:00 PM EDT. Join us for this free webcast reviewing the growing worry in Congress and the U.S. Department of Education over some distance education practices. Are regulations changing? Are your practices causing them concern?
A conversation with Mark Milliron from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on Action Analytics. Higher education can use data to fuel services that will help students in real time, improving their changes of remaining in their academic program.
WCET's Annual Conference registration is now OPEN! Reconnect with colleagues and friends on November 10-13, in LaJolla, California. Register TODAY! Early bird and team discounts now available.
WCET joined with Dow Lohnes Government Relations and three higher education organizations in submitting a letter to the U.S. Department of Education asking that students in online courses be treated the same as those in face-to-face courses regarding financial aid 'last day of attendance' calculations.
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