In June 2017, I had the outstanding opportunity to attend my first WCET Leadership Summit. Last year’s event focused on the essential institutional capacities needed to encourage and lead innovation. I specifically remember feeling so invigorated by every session I attended and I truly enjoyed the hallway conversations and the incredibly active social media backchannel. I can’t believe it’s been almost a year!

If you’re experiencing a huge case of FOMO (or are just being super nostalgic like me), I’ve got great news for you! #WCETSummit is almost here again! This time we’re meeting in a NEW location (Newport Beach, CA!) and we’re chatting about several new topics. Luckily, Megan Raymond, WCET’s Assistant Director of Programs and Sponsorship, is here to tell us all about this year’s Leadership Summit. Thanks for the great post today, Megan!

I do hope you’ll join us in these important conversations! There’s still time (until May 4) to register at the early bird rate! See you in sunny California in a few months!

~Lindsey Downs, WCET

WCET’s Summits are a unique blend of expert panels and interactive group discussions around key topics identified by WCET’s leadership committees to be timely and important to higher education institutions using technology to enhance teaching and learning. Previous Summit topics include, 21st century credentials, adaptive learning, data analytics, and developing institutional capacity to lead innovation.

ad for wcet summit : reads WCET Leadership Summit Ensuring Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning, June 5-6, 2018 Newport Beach, CA

The 2018 Summit in Newport Beach, CA on June 5-6 will weave some of these threads as well as new ones into a facilitated discourse surrounding these three key topics:

  1. Equity as a demonstrated priority for the institutions’ students, faculty, and staff.
  2. Accessibility as the lens through which the institution examines its resources, policies, services, and infrastructure.
  3. Data and evidence-based decision making for student success and ethical questions underlying analytics engines and EdTech products.

These topics, and the discussions that frame them, will help institutions consider their approaches and emerging strategies to ensure ethical and equitable access in digital learning. The primary goals of the Summit are to create a venue for honest and open conversation, learn about exemplar successes and disappointing failures, and prepare institutions to serve all students effectively, ethically, and equitably.Primary Summit Goals: Create a venue for honest and open conversation, learn about exemplar successes and disappointing failures, and prepare institutions to serve all students effectively, ethically, and equitablyThe list of speakers participating in the Summit showcase a range of institutions and experiences relative to equity, accessibility, and ethical use of data analytics. Their expertise and passion for student success will challenge and inspire attendees to bring promising practices back to their institutions.

View the preliminary program for Summit speakers and topics, including:

  • Inclusion in Higher Education: Beyond a Promise to Action.
  • Ethical and Effective Uses of Student Data (by the Institution, the Faculty, and the Students).
  • Moving Towards a Campus Climate of Universal Access for All.
  • Building a Campus Culture for Inclusion.
  • Freshman Class of 2022. What Will Your Institution Do to Best Serve These Students? How Do Your Faculty Utilize All of the Digital Learning Resources that May Improve Student Engagement and Learning?

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The Summit is open to all, the diversity of institutions, job titles, and experience enhance the discussions and information exchange. Space is limited to 150 participants to foster communication and collaboration. Be sure to register before the early-bird deadline of May 4th. Full details are available on the website or contact Megan Raymond for more information.

Help us jump-start the conversation!

What are you doing to drive goals of equity, accessibility, and data and evidence-based decision making at your institution? Let us know in the comments below or tweet your thoughts @wcet_info with #WCETSummit!


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Megan Raymond
Assistant Director, Programs and Sponsorship
WCET – WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies | @meraymond



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