The "DETA" Behind Inclusive EdTech Practices: A Research Review from DETA and WCET

WCET partnered with the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) to conduct a review of equity-focused research in digital " "learning. This compilation, Research Review: Educational Technologies and Their Impact on Student Success for Racial and Ethnic Groups of Interest, is meant to inform higher education leaders and administrators about recent and relevant evidence-based practices in using educational technologies, especially in improving education for Black, Indigenous, and LatinX students. Understanding the research helps in understanding instructional and service techniques that can be replicated and scaled across postsecondary education in the U.S. to create equitable and inclusive learning experiences. WCET, DETA, and an expert from Every Learner Everywhere's Expert Network will share the lessons learned in this review and the hopes for additional research needed to better guide institutional leaders in improving their practices.

Register for this WCET and SAN member-only webcast for an overview of the report's findings on May 20 at 12:00 PM PDT / 1:00 PM MDT / 2:00 PM CDT / 3:00 PM EDT. WCET webcasts take place via Zoom; members will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link once your registration is approved.

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" "Tanya Joosten, Director, Digital Learning Research and Development, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA)
Tanya Joosten is a senior scientist and the director of digital learning research and development for the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  She is nationally recognized in her work in blended and online learning as an Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Fellow and works to guide strategic digital learning efforts, including her current involvement on the University of Wisconsin System Learning Technology Executive Council, the CourseWare in Context (CWIC) Executive Committee, the McGraw Hill Learning Sciences Research Board, the SXSW EDU Advisory Board, the OLC Research Board, Distance Teaching and Learning (DTL) Advisory Board, and others. Joosten's expertise has led to invitations to planning the future of digital education events at the White House, Harvard, Stanford, and Arizona State, among others.

" "Cherise McBride, Lecturer, Literacy and Technology, University of California, Berkeley
Cherise McBride is a researcher of digital literacies and teacher learning at the University of California, Berkeley. Her Ph.D. study developed the construct of humanizing critical digital pedagogies (HCDP) – a frame for honoring the lived realities of nondominant communities through socioculturally situated understandings of technology. McBride’s research agenda includes humanizing digital learning, centering teachers as designers (both in learning and UX expertise), and applying critical approaches to digital education and learning with emerging technologies. A teacher educator and educational leader, McBride is a former high school English teacher and has coached teachers and higher education faculty across a range of content and educational settings.


Russ PoulinRuss Poulin, Executive Director, WCET
Russ Poulin leads WCET, which focuses on the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. In his dual role as vice president for technology-enhanced education at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education, he advises on policy and projects for the regional higher education compact. Poulin represented the distance education community on federal negotiated rulemaking committees and subcommittees. He has received recognition from the Online Learning Consortium, Presidents’ Forum, Excelsior College, and the National University Technology Network for his contributions to policies for technology-enhanced postsecondary education. He is also partial to movies, cats, and his wife, Laurie.