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Strategies for Success Through Digital Learning 2023

Professional development is a highly important factor to our success. This is why we are sharing information on Every Learner Everywhere’s upcoming series “Strategies for Success Through Digital Learning.” This program includes access to a community of practice. Today, we’re […]

What Faculty Designers Can Tell Us about Online Course Reviews

In 2019, I asked our readers the question “how do you ensure quality in online courses?” This question was part of my introduction to a fantastic article written by Aimee deNoyelles from the University of Central Florida. Aimee discussed UCF’s […]

2022 SANsational Award Winners Present Promising Compliance Solutions

Three postsecondary institutions each earned a 2022 SANsational Award for the creation of innovative processes and structures to manage state and federal regulatory compliance for out-of-state activities of the postsecondary institution. Since 2015, the State Authorization Network (SAN), a division […]

A Transformative Journey – Using Digital Tools in Higher Education

Today WCET Frontiers welcomes Shani Suber, Dean of E-learning Effectiveness and Enhancement with Dallas College and member of the WCET Steering Committee! Shani joins us to talk about her transformative journey using digital learning tools to better help students achieve […]

Public Opportunity to Participate in SARA Reciprocity Policy Modifications

A new SARA (State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements) Policy Modification Process was approved by its oversight Board last summer. This new process will offer increased transparency and public participation in the development of SARA Policy additions and revisions to manage reciprocity […]

We Missed You WCET! – Our fav moments from #WCET2022

Each year (except for a few recent years that we don’t want to think about) WCET community members, higher education practitioners, and the WCET staff join together to celebrate, collaborate, share, learn, and laugh at the WCET Annual Meeting. After […]

Update the GI Bill for the Online Era

We normally do not repost content from other sources, but today’s Frontiers entry is a notable exception. November brings us in the United States two great holidays focused on giving thanks. This week is Thanksgiving, but we also are very […]

Regular and Substantive Interaction Update: Where Do We Go from Here?

What is “Regular and Substantive Interaction”? Congress created a distinction between the definitions of “distance education” and “correspondence education” for purposes of federal financial aid eligibility. The distinction is that distance education courses include “regular and substantive interaction” (or RSI) […]

Georgetown University’s Trek to Turn Refugees into Students

Today WCET Frontiers welcomes Kelly Otter, Dean of the School of Continuing Studies at Georgetown University, to discuss the University’s program to assist refugees in the Middle East. This outstanding work will have an incredible impact for refugee students, and […]

Lessons Learned – The Implementation Stage of Microcredentials

Welcome to the continuation of the WCET + WCET Steering work group series focused on microcredential initiatives. This series explores microcredential adoption, implementation, and evaluation. Previously, the series has reviewed the importance of understanding the strategic goals of microcredential projects, […]

A Hopefully Interesting Introduction to Passwords

Password security is, simultaneously, one of the most important and most hated aspects of cybersecurity. To many – myself included – it’s frustrating and confounding that everyone should need so many passwords, each of which contain more complex characters, just […]

Starting at the Beginning – The inception phase of microcredential efforts

Welcome to the continuation of the WCET + WCET Steering work group series focused on microcredential initiatives. This series explores microcredential adoption, implementation, and evaluation. Previously, the series has reviewed the importance of understanding the strategic goals of microcredential projects […]

A Closer Look Back – Working with WCET

Today on Frontiers, we’re happy and also sad to welcome Dr. Elaine Villanueva Bernal, who, for the past several months, has served as the STEM, Digital Learning Strategist for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, here at WCET. Elaine’s post looks back […]

Mental Health Awareness and Care in Higher Education

Today I’m thankful to welcome, again, Kara Monroe, President and Founder of Monarch Strategies LLC to continue her Frontiers series on leadership in higher education digital learning. This post, a reflection on mental health, especially as it pertains to caring for […]

Juneteenth: Freedom and Educational Equity

WCET + Every Learner Everywhere Celebrate Juneteenth Juneteenth, or “Freedom Day” is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Juneteenth not only celebrates the freedom of African Americans from slavery, but it also […]

Equity is Quality in Education

Next week we observe Juneteenth – a day to commemorate the announcement in Texas that slaves had been granted freedom during the Civil War, a day to reflect on the true meaning of “freedom” and cultural tradition. Inspired by this, […]

Digital Learning: A Mystery about Pending Federal Rules

It has been an action-packed year thus far on the Federal regulatory front. In January, we shared a preview of the “coming attractions” and encouraged you to grab some popcorn and watch along with us. And, while we’re only through […]

It’s Not All Bad

WCET Frontiers is happy to again welcome Kara Monroe, President and Founder of Monarch Strategies LLC to continue her article series on leadership in higher education digital learning. This post, a reflection on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats for higher education […]

Accreditation, Quality, and Changes in Digital Learning

The changing nature of digital learning and postsecondary education in the post-COVID era has brought new opportunities and challenges for the quality assurance provided by the accreditation process. In a preview of a plenary session to be held at the […]

Before and After Moments

WCET welcomes Kara Monroe, President and Founder of Monarch Strategies LLC. Today we are continuing the article series on leadership in higher education digital learning. This is the third blog post in the featured series. Enjoy the previous posts: “Shifting from […]

The State Authorization Network (SAN) – Meeting an Important Need

An urgent need caused the creation of the State Authorization Network (SAN) by our parent organization WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). In October 2010, to the great surprise of many institutions and states, the U.S. Department of Education […]

Welcome to the new WCET Frontiers

Last fall, WCET relaunched the WCET website. And, to be honest, Frontiers got a little jealous. So, what else could we do except give Frontiers an update as well? As you can see, we’ve made several design and feature changes […]

The “New Normal” and Reflections on Accessibility

WCET welcomes Kara Monroe, President and Founder of Monarch Strategies LLC. In partnership with her, WCET is launching a new article series on the continued shifts in leadership in higher education and educational technology. This is the second blog post […]

Shifting from COVID-normal to “New Normal”

WCET welcomes Kara Monroe, President and Founder of Monarch Consulting. In partnership, WCET is launching a new article series on the continued shifts in leadership in higher education and educational technology. This is the first blog in the series and […]

Women’s History Month: Breaking the Bias in Higher Education  

WCET + Every Learner Everywhere Celebrate Women’s History Month To celebrate Women’s History Month, WCET and Every Learner invited inspiring women to share their reflections on International Women’s Day’s 2022. The 2022 theme is “Celebrate women’s achievement. Raise awareness against bias. […]

Six OER Student Cost Savings and Cost-Benefit Principles for Decision Makers

WCET is happy host the National Consortium of Open Educational Resources (NCOER), which facilitates collaborative efforts of the four regional higher education compacts: Midwestern Higher Education Compact (MHEC), New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE), Southern Regional Education Board (SREB), […]

Saving Our Students with Emergency Remote Teaching

Today we welcome guest author, Pamela D. Williams from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Pamela’s experience saving a baby bird is analogous to how we jumped in and provided emergency remote teaching during the pandemic and the lessons that follow. Thank […]

Follow the Latest Trends. Then Set Your Own.

Today our blog author, Todd Zipper with Wiley University Services, highlights trends that are impacting higher education and shares research insights to help illuminate how the ecosystem of teaching, learning, students, and employers are evolving and responding. Thank you Todd. […]

Federal Policy Surprises! Updates and a Call to Action

How many of you like surprises? Surprises can be great fun, but let’s be clear that rulemaking surprises are sometimes more like encountering the clown from IT. Not to be left out, Congress is also providing its own surprise so […]

Using Digital Badges to Incentivize Professional Development

We are thrilled that Anita Gabbard and Beth Nettles from the University of Central Florida, share their journey of creating a digital badge program for hybrid work. Their responsiveness to the challenge of preparing staff to successfully work in a […]

The Heart of the Learner 

Today’s blog outlines five steps educators can implement to ensure that we are approaching our work from a learner first perspective. Thank you to WCET Member O’Donnell Learn and Carrie O’Donnell for this thoughtful blog that will help reach and […]

Every Learner Everywhere’s Equity Mission

We are happy to have Patti O’Sullivan provide us with an update on Every Learner’s advances over the past year with a special focus on their attention to increasing equity in the ways institutions serve students.WCET enjoys a dual role […]

2021 Top WCET Frontiers Blog Posts

WCET staff–thank you for your on-going support of the WCET Frontiers blog. Over the holidays, we wanted to offer you the chance to review posts that you may have missed but had been popular with your peers. Rather than evoking […]

Announcing the 2021 SANsational Award Winners

Institutional procedures to comply with state and federal law are unique to an institution’s activities and administrative structure. Regardless, much can be gained from observing the work of exemplars and sharing practical strategies deployed at other institutions. The State Authorization […]

SUNY Online is Pleased to Announce the Release of OSCQR 4.0!

This week’s WCET Frontiers blog is written by guest author Alexandra M. Pickett, Director, SUNY Online Teaching, SUNY Online with The State University of New York. The blog features updates to The SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric, OSCQR. OSCQR […]

Creating Accessible and Inclusive Online Courses

Today’s post looks at how accessibility can be incorporated into online experiences with some simple and actionable steps that improve learning and success for all. Thank you Brandon Smith for providing excellent strategies for improving accessibility, the importance of continuous […]

Update on Issues Affecting Veterans Benefits

Thank you to our many military veterans! As we look forward to Veterans Day, we wish to honor the men and women who serve and who have served in the U.S. Armed Services. WCET Frontiers frequently shares information regarding Veterans […]

#WCET2021- That’s A Wrap…Almost

The 33rd WCET Annual Meeting took place on November 2nd in our virtual platform. The event was a one-day conference which included two pre-conference workshops as well as post-conference sessions taking place this week and next. Although we were disappointed […]

Student ROI in Higher Ed Begins with Equity and Who We Value

With today’s post, we continue the WCET Steering Committee’s series on student return on investment (ROI) and the role of digital learning in improving that return. Thank you to Chantae Recasner of Northeast Lakeview College in San Antonio, Texas. She […]

Student ROI and the Role of Stackable Credentials

Thank you to WCET Steering Committee member Adam Cota and his colleagues, Sarah DeMark and Kacey Thorne, for the next entry in our series on student Return on Investment (ROI) in higher education and the role of digital learning in […]

Does Financial Need and Aid Differ for Online and On-Campus Students?

It started before COVID-19. Students, families, businesses, and those considering college questioned the value, the “return on investment” (ROI), of postsecondary education. Could they do better doing something else? Was the debt worth it? Is college for them? Those questions […]

A Network Rooted in Quality & Innovation

Welcome to our continued celebration of 2021 WOW awardees! We’re joined today by Melissa Vito and Claudia Arcolin, both from The University of Texas at San Antonio who shared the following post about UTSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their […]

Enhancing Quality in Digital Learning

WCET’s staff and Steering Committee work groups continue their efforts toward increasing access to quality higher education. Previously our work groups have shared incredible research and discussed opportunities for creating a more equitable and inclusive future for higher education and […]

Continuing to Enable Difference – Where Do We Go From Here?

Today’s post from Chantae Recasner, Dean, Academic Success with Northeast Lakeview College – Alamo Colleges District and the WCET Steering Committee working group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, who joins us to close out the Frontiers series started at the […]

Leveraging Analytics to Close DEI Access & Attainment Gaps

Today’s post from Adam Cota with the WCET Steering Committee working group on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion highlights how Adam’s institution, Western Governors University, uses data analytics to accomplish equity and diversity goals. This post continues the series started earlier […]

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Digital Learning

Conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have recently taken center stage on many college and university campuses. Institutions are setting goals to make their campuses more diverse and inclusive and embarking on strategic initiatives to close equity gaps. Within […]

The Promise of Blockchain in Education

Today’s blog is a conversation with a Feng Hou, Founder of Pistis.io and Chief Digital Transformation Evangelist at Maryville University. Feng talks about the power, potential, and application of digital ledger technology, i.e., blockchain, in education. Feng’s a visionary who […]

Enabling Difference – Stories of Equity in Higher Education

The WCET team has committed to working toward a more equitable world through our work on digital learning in higher education. This fall we will dedicate the month of August to discussion of equity and inclusion in higher education, planned and […]

A Timely Case Study on Federal Rulemaking

Regular readers of WCET Frontiers will recall that we avidly follow the U.S. Department of Education’s quest to develop regulations through the negotiated rulemaking process. Rulemaking is a complicated and intriguing process. Our colleagues, Jeannie Yockey-Fine with NC-SARA and Shari […]

Intention to Initiate Federal Rulemaking Announced

This week we saw the start of what we have been expecting from the new administration – new rulemaking. Experts have shared for months that the Biden Administration and the Department of Education have prioritized several issues to address including: […]

Racism in the Educational Cyberspace

Last semester, I began a graduate program to study Technology, Cybersecurity, and Policy. I have also, like many other people, been digging deeper into learning about anti-racism since the summer of 2020. As my learning about these two topics coincided, […]

Extra Extra! Read All About It (these books)

There are always new books. Several books have either come across my desk or caught my attention this year. Wish I (and all of you) had more time to get all the reading done that we would like to accomplish. […]

Modern Mentoring – and Thoughts on What That Is

Later today WCET will be hosting the first of its new member only events called Closer Conversations. These events are meant to foster active engagement and discussion between several higher education digital learning experts and attendees. in honor of International […]

“What is Past is Prologue”: Reading Thelin During a Pandemic

Highsmith, C. M., photographer. Sculptor Robert I. Aitken’s statue, “The Future,” Recently, Josh Kim in his Inside Higher Education blog, Learning Innovation, suggested that any discussion of the future of higher education should be informed by an understanding of the […]

Open Education Week 2021: A virtual trip around the globe

Happy #OEWeek! This week we celebrated with our WCET, higher education, and open education community on social media and learned through a wonderful guest post from Jenny Parks and Regina Gong. Check out their post for information on leveraging partnerships […]

Engage the Expert Network with Every Learner Everywhere

Providing and supporting education today requires instructors and practitioners to be highly knowledgeable, flexible, and adaptable, and to have a whole toolbox full of technology and teaching related skills. This is especially true now that they are teaching or supporting […]

Hopes for 2021

2020 sure was challenging, difficult, unique, interesting (?), and [insert other adjectives here]. As we said last week, we’re in a new year, but are, sadly, still facing similar issues as we were just a few months ago. But who […]

Higher Ed Expert’s Predictions for 2021

2020 sure was challenging, difficult, unique, interesting (?), and [insert other adjectives here]. Now that we are in a new year, (but are, sadly, still facing similar issues as we were just a few months ago) WCET is curious what […]

New Year, New Community

As you read last week in Frontiers, my colleague Mollie McGill has retired after 32 years of dedicated service to WCET. Mollie wore many hats at WCET, including directing membership. With her exit, I’ve been gifted her metaphorically huge shoes […]

Mollie McGill – We Will Miss You

On December 31, 2020, our beloved Mollie McGill ended 32 years of serving WICHE, WCET, and their members. Mollie embarks on a well-deserved retirement. Unfortunately, the pandemic limited our ability to have a blow-out bash for her, in person. We […]

2020 Top 10 Frontiers Blog Posts

It’s that time again – let’s take a look at 2020’s Top 10 Frontiers blog posts based on views by you, our readers! Thank you for your support of WCET Frontiers through your subscriptions, comments, sharing, and guest authoring! 2020 […]

Congratulations to the 2020 SANsational Award Winners

Institutions often ask, “who is doing good work with state authorization compliance”? The WCET|State Authorization Network (SAN) is pleased to celebrate our sixth year recognizing the outstanding efforts of SAN member institutions and organizations by awarding SANsational Awards. About the […]

Structure Your Accessibility Work

The following special topic paper originally appeared in the publication Pursuing Regulatory Compliance for Digital Instruction in Response to Covid-19: Policy Playbook, which was published by the Every Learner Everywhere Network and develop and edited by WCET. The Playbook gives background on several […]

Financial Aid Basics

The following special topic paper originally appeared in the publication Pursuing Regulatory Compliance for Digital Instruction in Response to Covid-19: Policy Playbook, which was published by the Every Learner Everywhere Network and develop and edited by WCET. The Playbook gives […]

Recapping the 2020 Election: What Higher Education Can Expect

The election of Donald Trump in 2016 significantly impacted higher education, perhaps more than any recent election. Citing her belief that “We must expand our thinking about what education actually is, as well as resist the urge to expect all […]

Institutional Accreditation in the Midst of COVID-19

In response to the pandemic, accrediting agencies acted creatively in applying their quality assurance processes in an uncertain and changing world. Today’s guest post provides insights about how one accrediting agency (the Higher Learning Commission) responded to this challenge and […]

Exemplars in the Fight against Syndicate Cheating

Over the past two weeks, Frontiers has featured its series on academic integrity and cheating syndicates. The first post considered the spectrum of threats facing higher education and our students and the second looked at the practices cheating sites use […]

It is Time to Improve Higher Education Transfer

This week the Scaling Partners Network, on which I represent WCET, issued a “call to action” regarding transfer in higher education. It’s a bold request to educators and policy makers to rethink articulation among institutions. In this post, I outline […]

How Third-Party Cheating Sites Entice and Impact Students

Today is the 5th Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. We join with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) to participate and encourage other organizations, college’s and universities to sign up and participate in ICAI’s website. As […]

Spectrum of Threats to Academic Integrity

One of the priorities identified this year by WCET’s Steering Committee was to shed light on the unscrupulous practice of third party sites that entice students to cheat. WCET learned that many of our member institutions regularly issue “cease and […]

An Equation at the Heart of Equity in Higher Education

WCET is thrilled to serve as the intermediary for Every Learner Everywhere, a network of twelve partner organizations with expertise in evaluating, implementing, scaling, and measuring the efficacy of education technologies, curriculum and course design strategies, teaching practices, and support […]

Working Toward Equity in Online Education

Editors note: An earlier edition of this article was published with a different title. Our team needed to make some updates to the content. We apologize for any disruption to reading the post. Online education has a problem and it’s […]

WCET Coming Attractions for the Fall

In a world…in which unthinkable disasters plague colleges and universities… It’s a long-standing joke that many action and disaster film movie trailers begin with a deep-voice providing the harbinger of doom with the introduction “in a world…”. Arising from the […]

Leading in a Time of Crisis

Over the last few weeks, we have shared tips for taking care of ourselves and our colleagues. This week I wanted to share advice from several higher education leaders about their experiences leading teams through this time of crisis. The […]

Surprise! Newly Released Final Regulations

On April 1st, the Department of Education released the final set of proposed regulations stemming from the 2019 Negotiated Rulemaking process (April Fools!). Back in April, WCET published three blog posts outlining the proposed regulations on April 3rd, April 6th, […]

Self-care in a Time of Crisis

A few weeks ago, my team mate Megan Raymond and I chatted a little about self-care during this time of COVID-19. We are both working right now with our kids home and I for one feel lucky that I have […]

Get Online… The Making of a Podcast

It is no secret that many of us on the WCET team, myself included, enjoy listening to podcasts. In fact, we’ve recommended podcasts in several of our summer listen lists. This year, one of the podcasts we included in our […]

A Road to Somewhere

Last month I asked our readers to contemplate whether or not we’re “on a road to nowhere” as we prepare for the fall and beyond. Today, I want to take a look at where we are on that road and […]

Respond Before They Fail – Implementing Our New Alert System

One of my favorite parts of my role here at WCET is learning about technology initiatives at colleges or universities, especially those that are not only helpful for students, but receive such rave reviews from faculty members and staff! That’s […]

Another Magical July 1 – Federal Regulations Now in Effect

July 1 is that magical day when Federal Regulations affecting institutions that participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs become effective for regulations that were released by the U.S. Department of Education by November 1 of last year. The […]

Building Community for WCET

Today I’m here to talk about community, specifically the technical way we at WCET are working to build a community for higher education professionals and how we plan to support that community. As the Community Manager for wcetMIX, our online […]

Online Learning: Let Students Learn Where They Are

The COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their face-to-face courses to remote and online formats. Instructors heroically worked to ensure continuity of learning for their students. Considering this shift online, Anna Porcaro, the Executive Director of Online Learning […]

Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! 

Institutions have juggled many issues to maintain educational continuity during the pandemic. WCET has addressed accessibility, Veterans benefits, crisis coordination, Open Educational Resources, the U.S. Department of Education’s ability to exercise enforcement discretion for Title IV eligibility , and more! […]

Communicating About the Crisis – with Help from Cowboy Joe

Today’s installment of What’s Next comes from Katie Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions from the University of Wyoming. Katie shares with us how Wyoming is using Cowboy Joe, the institution’s chatbot, to help students, faculty, and staff navigate many of […]

Promising Practices for Navigating “What’s Next”

I have long marveled at how quickly and effectively WCET pivots to support its members when we most need assistance. Remember the announcement of new guidelines that regional accreditors were going to use to evaluate distance education (CRAC-2001)? State authorization […]

Considering the Future, Now! 

I don’t know about you, but the last few weeks (months?) have felt surreal. Not only on a professional level, but on a personal one as well. That uncanny feeling I have about ‘these times’ has continued as our local […]

Open in a Time of Crisis

As an ongoing part of WCET’s efforts to help faculty and staff respond to the pandemic, today Dr. Tanya Spilovoy, our resident Open Educational Resources (OER) expert, takes a look at the role openness and OER can play as institutions […]

New Regulations Review #1: Regular & Substantive Interaction

Much to everyone’s surprise, the Department of Education finally released the last set of regulations from last year’s negotiated rulemaking for public comment on April 1st (and it wasn’t an April Fool’s Day joke—we checked).  This post will examine the […]

Not Fooling – A Third Package of Proposed Regs Has Arrived

**Update: On 4/2/2020, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it amended the public comment period timeline. The text below has been updated to reflect this update.** The third package has arrived! In the midst of managing rapid conversion of […]

WCET’s EdTech Community Rallies Against COVID-19 Challenges

The WCET member discussions over the past two weeks (has it really only been a few weeks since schools announced closures?) have vibrantly shown the collaborative and supportive nature of our community of edtech leaders and practitioners. This is an […]

Accreditation, Continuity of Operations, and COVID-19

On March 5, 2020, the Department of Education issued guidance to institutions facing possible interruptions of study because of COVID-19. WCET’s Cheryl Dowd, Director of the WCET State Authorization Network, provided an overview of the guidance for WCET Frontiers. As […]

A Flower (and some great quotes) for International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day. According to the International Women’s Day (IWD) website, IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and the celebration has occurred annually for well over a century. […]

Evaluating Faculty Participation in Online Workshops

Last week we welcomed Lynn Wahl, Instructional Designer for UNC Charlotte, to discuss how they used design thinking to create online faculty development workshops. In a continuation of the topic, Lynn joins us today to talk about how to assess […]

Design Thinking for Faculty Pedagogy Training

Have you heard of design thinking? This process is a non-linear, iterative process that focuses on understanding users and redefining problems to create innovative solutions and prototype said solutions to make them even better (interaction-design.org). We can use design thinking […]

Licensure Research & Disclosures: Stakeholder Meeting Tips

Hello WCET, Today’s post is a continuation from last week’s topic from the WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) Special Interest Team. The Special Interest Teams are workgroups on a designated topic area. This particular special interest team worked on contributions for the network […]

Licensure Research & Disclosures: Stakeholder Engagement Tips

Hello WCET, Today we have a post from the WCET/State Authorization Network (SAN) Special Interest Team. The Special Interest Teams are workgroups on a designated topic area. This particular special interest team worked on contributions for the network on the issue of […]

Sneak Peek at This Year’s WCET Summit

Don’t you just love it when we come up with new things? Today I’m here to tell you about our new format for our annual WCET Summit! That’s right, this year our WCET Summit is not only EARLIER in the […]

Join WCET for an exciting 2020!

Happy new year! WCET is excited for 2020. Today, we want to share our plans, priorities, and some coming attractions for the year. Members – It’s All About Our Members WCET’s emphasis has always been serving the needs of our […]

A Blast from WCET Frontiers’ Past – The Top Blogs of 2019

Today we’re looking back over 2019 and our most popular blog posts at WCET Frontiers. 2019 has been a busy year, especially for federal regulations, negotiated rulemaking, and state authorization. This year we clocked in with 126,034 words in 74 […]

The Landscape of OER Policy and Practice in Texas

Welcome to Judith Sebesta, Executive Director of the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex), who joins us with an update on the strategic planning process for the former Virtual College of Texas and to tell us about this year’s […]

Connecting with Community – WCET 2019

Welcome to the Annual Meeting Annual Summary Blog Post.! This year, I’ve focused it more on different topics of interest from the meeting, rather than going through a play-by-play of the week. I hope this year’s summary post is intriguing […]

Using a Research-Based Approach – It’s Up to Us

Today we welcome Andria Schwegler, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Science Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Andria joins us to discuss the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the opportunity such […]

Continuing Our Regulatory Odyssey: Final Accreditation Regulations

Earlier this year, the Department of Education engaged in negotiated rulemaking around several issues including state authorization and reciprocity, accreditation, distance education and innovation, regular and substantive interaction, competency-based education (CBE), TEACH grants, and faith-based institutions. Despite all odds and […]

What We Talk About When We Talk About Student Engagement

At a recent #DLNChat, one of the questions, answers, and resulting discussion prompted me to ask Karen Costa (writer, faculty member, and faculty development facilitator extraordinaire) to write a piece for us on her comments. Today’s blog post is thought-provoking […]

Hybrid Classes for Veteran Students – Cheers to the VA!

Two previous WCET Frontiers posts (post 1, post 2) addressed the issue of housing allowances for students who are Veterans and taking online courses. Today and appropriately during Veteran’s Day week, we’re happy to welcome Mark Haskins of Pierce College […]

Three Keys to Opening the Door for OER

Today marks the finale for our 2019 WOW Award series. The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards honor member institutions and organizations that develop technology-based solutions to challenging educational needs. As we mentioned last week, we have three outstanding award winning […]

Final Federal Regulations for State Authorization Released!

Without a moment to spare, on Friday, November 1, 2019, the Federal Register shared the release of the long awaited 2019 Final Federal Regulations with the official and concise title: Student Assistance General Provisions, The Secretary’s Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, […]

Make Space for Innovation in Curriculum

Cleaning up….is definitely not my favorite activity. But, I understand a clean home and an organized workspace can be important for a healthy and effective life. Today’s guest author, Maria Andersen, the CEO of Coursetune, is here to discuss the […]

Real Talk: What is Your Employability Strategy?

In just a few short weeks WCET will convene this year’s Annual Meeting in beautiful Denver, CO. This year’s meeting promises to be full of outstanding sessions and great networking opportunities. One of the sessions will be offered by one […]

Feeling the Ground by Getting Some Air

A few months ago, Rosa and I released a list of recommended podcasts, which we had elicited from our members. Gettin’ Air was one of these recommended listens. So, I was thrilled when our Director of Open Policy, Tanya Spilovoy, […]

Living with Exigency

Today we welcome David Dannenberg, the Director of Academic Innovations, State Authorization, and eLearning with the University of Alaska Anchorage. David joins us to discuss the economic issues facing higher education in Alaska and his reactions to the financial exigency […]

Creating Videos to Explore Open Education

Welcome today to Abbey Elder, the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University, who is here to discuss the development of a series of videos about open education. Abbey’s post today provides a wonderful outline for how […]

Choose your own EdVenture at #WCET19

The WCET 31st Annual Meeting in Denver has something for anyone interested in the intersection of policy and practice of technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. With a blend of inspiring keynotes, panels, loosely organized roundtable discussions, and freeform […]

Happy New Academic Year! – WCET Updates and Previews

Well, it’s that time of year again—students and faculty are descending, virtually and physically, on college campuses everywhere, eagerly awaiting the start of the 2019/2020 academic year. That means that it is also time for the Marist College (formerly Beloit […]

Building a Network for Curation – the #femedtech movement

As a women working in edtech, open education, and higher education, the #femedtech network has provided hope, joy, and encouragement for me and many others working within the space. Although Maren and I have never met in person, I am […]

Today, State Authorization. Tomorrow, The World (Perhaps)!

What does your career trajectory look like? Today we welcome Dan Silverman, Assistant Director of WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN), to discuss career pathways for state authorization and compliance staff. Dan conducted interviews with several compliance officials about their careers. […]

Adaptive Learning: The Future is Up to Us

Today we’re excited to welcome back Patricia O’Sullivan, the Program Manager for Externally Funded Academic Innovation Projects at the University of Mississippi. Patti inspired us last year with the University of Mississippi’s work in this area to help their students […]

An Introspective Look at WCET’s Own Accessibility Practices, Part I

Are your course materials and institutional websites accessible for all learners? Here at Frontiers, we discuss accessibility quite often, but today we have a very practical post that directly reviews content to determine accessibility for all. I’m excited to welcome […]

Podcasts Galore! – A Summer Listening List

While I love podcasts and listen to them while doing just about anything, I often struggle with finding new podcasts. Few digital systems are built around recommending relevant new podcasts to listeners, which means that listeners rely on general recommendation […]

An Inspired Strategic Plan

Welcome to Judith Sebesta Executive Director of the newly minted Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas, who is here today for a followup to her post a few months ago. Today’s post discusses the strategic planning process for the former […]

Soft Skills: Unlocking the Power of Knowledge

This week, WCET is thrilled to convene this year’s Leadership Summit on workforce and higher education partnerships. Attendees at the event will focus on how higher education institutions can work with employers to create programming that can help students be […]

Addressing the Skills Gap and New Opportunities in Higher Ed

Next week, WCET hosts it’s annual Leadership Summit. This year the topic is: Workforce Partnerships that Work: Creating Public-Private Partnerships that Serve Students, Institutions, Employers, and Communities. Summit attendees will attend sessions focused on higher education institutions can work with […]

2019 Summer Reading List

Hello and welcome to the 2019 WCET Summer Reading list! Our staff and several WCET Steering Committee members created a list of our recommended reads for this summer. You’ll find professional development or higher education reads plus some fun reads […]

Augmented Reality Adventures in Teaching Horticulture

Today we welcome Shannon Riggs, Executive Director of Course Development and Learning Innovation for Oregon State University Ecampus. She is also the author of the forthcoming Thrive Online: A New Approach for College Educators (Stylus, 2019). Shannon shares with us […]

Restructuring Our Faculty Learning Community

In today’s blog, we welcome Laura Sankovich from Capella University. It is increasingly difficult to create and maintain community with adjunct faculty members who work remotely and yet this is a reality in higher education. In this blog, Laura discusses […]

No Matter Where You Go – an interview with Mike

As many of you have heard, Mike Abbiatti recently retired as the Executive Director of WCET. Today’s post contains my interview with him on his last Friday in office! Mike joined me to discuss leadership, why he first joined the […]

Accidental Adoption: When the Tool Finds You

Today we welcome Kenneth Rogers, Enterprise Instructional Technology Specialist with Alamo Colleges District as he shares a story from which all contemporary educators can glean insight. Integrating new technology requires courage and a willingness to embrace change and yet springs […]

Finding Inspiration for Strategic Planning

Today we welcome Judith Sebesta, Executive Director of Virtual College of Texas as she shares a poignant, entertaining story of valuing strategic planning and the many benefits it offers all organizations, particularly those that receive state legislative appropriations. Enjoy! -Erin […]

The Connected Student and the Internet of Things

Today we welcome Mickey Slimp, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet), located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, where he also serves as an associate provost of academic affairs. In […]

Announcing 10 Tips for Report Writers

In this blog, we welcome Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Kathryn Linder from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit as they introduce a companion resource: 10 Tips for Report Writers. This new resource was thoughtfully developed to assist practitioners […]

Developing a State Authorization Policy: It’s About the Journey

Today we welcome Lisa Siefker and Robert Griffiths from The Ohio State University to share their journey to educate their institution, assess practices, create and implement processes that connect the core mission of the university to institutional compliance for out-of-state […]

Generation Z Engaged in the Classroom

Vickie S. Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield, explores the strengths of the innovative and eager Generation Z students. In her blog, she depicts the unique story and […]

Past the Point of No Return: The Not-So-Shadow Education Sector

Welcome to Sasha Thackaberry (Vice Provost, Digital and Continuing Education at Louisiana State University and member of WCET’s Executive Council) who authored today’s guest blog post. At a couple meetings of our Executive Council, we’ve had brief discussions about the […]

ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Issue Summary and Seeking Your Input

WCET continues to cover the wide-ranging set of rule changes that are being proposed under the U.S. Department of Education’s negotiated rulemaking process. The Department is seeking input on several major changes on issues with special focus on accreditation and […]

Congratulations! You are a Best Ranked School! But…

In the media and in communications to your PR staff, there will be lots of hype this week about ranking online programs. In the past, we have been critical of such rankings on the basis of the quality of their […]

ED Negotiated Rulemaking: First Reactions and a Preview

A fond welcome and thank you to Van Davis, Foghlam Consulting, for his analysis of what will be discussed in the U.S. Department of Education’s rulemaking process, which begins this week. As you will see, there sure is a lot […]

ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Suggested Principles for Addressing Issues

The U.S. Department of Education begins meetings of its negotiated rulemaking main committee and subcommittees next week. There are several issues that will have an impact on the technology-enhanced higher education community. These decision will affect your students, faculty, and your […]

The Year in Review – What WCET Frontiers Posts Did You Read in 2018?

[caption id="attachment_10667" align="alignright" width="321"] Casey Kasem. Photo from The Scooby-Doo! Gang: In Their Own Words DVD.[/caption] In 2018, the idea for a “Most Popular Movie” Oscar (thankfully) came and went, we debated whether we heard “laurel” or “yanni,” and J.R. […]

Regional Collaboration in Promoting OER Adoption

Today WCET Frontiers is excited to showcase the recent Open Educational Resources (OER) Implementation and Policy Summit for the MHEC States. This multi-state OER meeting brought together OER advocates from across campuses, legislatures, faculty, students, and more to collaboratively learn […]

Marketable Skills + Credentialing = the Value of Signals

What signals do you use to showcase your skills and expertise? Our students need a way to let future employers know about their collegiate experiences and accomplishments. Today we welcome Mike Simmons from University of North Texas to discuss their  […]

WCET18 – The Thematic Experience

Hello and welcome to my yearly WCET Annual Meeting summary and review! This year I’m changing things up a bit – instead of the usual day-by-day, play-by-play, I’d like to focus on some of the themes we noticed that filtered […]

Accessibility & Procurement: What do we need to know?

WCET and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) jointly offer this blog post on a topic of national interest to education communities. This post is part of the on-going collaboration on accessibility issues between WCET and OLC. Thank you to Kelly Hermann, University […]

MonsterBash: Data Protection and Privacy Unmasked

It is getting scary out there! What a spooky coincidence that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month! It is 2018, is your institution or organization’s data protected? How do you know the goblins, ghouls, and trolls are not already […]

The Role of Procurement in Digital Accessibility

WCET and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), in conjunction with the National Center on Disability and Access to Education (NCDAE is a partner with WebAIM), jointly offer this blog post on a topic of national interest to education communities. This […]

All About Portland: Get Ready for #WCET18

To gear up for the WCET Annual Meeting this week we welcome Jim Friscia, Portland native, to give us a grand, virtual tour of the City of Roses! While we definitely hope you’ll stay with us during the Annual Meeting […]

Transforming Our Model for Student Success: The WRAP Initiative

Welcome to the final blog post in our WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award blog post series! Today we are joined by Jason M. Ruckert from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide, to discuss their 2018 WOW Award winning initiative: Worldwide Retention, […]

Revisiting the CBExchange

This week on WCET Frontiers we’re excited to hear from Cali Morrison and Luke Dowden about their experiences at the recent CBExchange conference. While Cali has attended this conference a few times, this year was Luke’s first time attending. Read […]

OSCQR Institution Showcase

Each week leading up to this year’s WCET Annual Meeting (October 23 – 25), WCET Frontiers will be featuring a post from one of our 2018 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recipients. This week we are excited to hear more […]

WCET’s Pre-History: Origins of a 30-Year Old Cooperative

In case you haven’t heard, WCET has turned 30th! That’s right, we’re celebrating our 30th year at our Annual Meeting in October. As part of that celebration, we invited Ray Lewis, an early WCET Steering Committee member and WCET friend, […]

Staying Afloat During the Perfect Storm

In a week when both the Carolinas and Hawai’i are being hit by hurricanes, we are reminded of the power of a particularly powerful storm to wreak havoc. Former WCET Steering Committee member, Burck Smith, has long been a student […]

As NUTN Transitions into WCET – A Look Back and to the Future

NUTN, the National University Technology Network, is a consortium of higher education institutions that just celebrated its 35th anniversary. As of September 1, NUTN is now incorporated into WCET. We welcome our new friends and are glad to have them […]

Play Favorites – Why You Should Attend #WCET18

You’ve seen the tweets, maybe (hopefully) received the invitation emails, and heard the rumors of cake, but today we’re sharing all the outstanding details of the 30th WCET Annual Meeting! Welcome to Megan Raymond, WCET’s Assistant Director, Programs and Sponsorship, […]

Promising Practices and the Future of Dual Enrollment

In our last dual enrollment post, we discussed the various types of dual enrollment courses, impact of these courses, who’s taking and offering these courses, and the pros and cons of dual enrollment. This week we’re looking at some promising […]

Developing Future Leaders in Maryland Distance Education

As a new generation of distance education leaders emerges, it is incumbent on all of us to help these future leaders develop their leadership skills. The MarylandOnline consortium has taken great steps to ensure the success of future leaders through […]

An Update on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment

Many conversations in Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meeting on the reauthorization of the Higher Ed Act focused on dual or concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment was also in the news in the past few years when The Higher […]

Sweeping Changes Proposed by the Department of Education

Ready to change higher education, as we know it, in the United States? Based on two announcements from the U.S. Department of Education on July 31, Betsy DeVos and company seem poised to do so. [caption id="attachment_10159" align="alignright" width="259"] Photo: […]

Creative Commons Offers New Certificate on Open Licensing

As WCET’s Director of Open Policy, one of the issues I constantly face is getting people up-to-speed on their options for openly licensing content. As they describe on their “about” page, Creative Commons “provides free, easy-to-use copyright licenses to make […]

A DETA Update

It’s a DETA Update! Today we welcome Tanya Joosten, Director of Digital Learning Research and Development and Co-Director, National Research Center for Distance Education (DETA) and Technological Advancements at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to give us an update on DETA. […]

A Consortium Closes. Wondering Why? And Why I Will Miss It.

As recently as April, I cited the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) as a stellar example of institutions coming together to accomplish more in partnership than they could on their own. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that CTDLC is closing […]

The Evolution of Librarians: Open Education Leadership

We are proud to have Tanya Spilovoy, WCET Director of Open Policy, provide periodic updates on events in the world of open education. Today’s post talks about her role in the development and teaching of a professional development program for […]

Looking Back on 30 years of WCET

Happy Birthday WCET! This year we’re celebrating WCET’s 30th birthday! We hope you’ll join the celebration at the 2018 WCET Annual Meeting. Today, Rosa Calabrese, WCET’s Manager of Digital and Project Support Services, is here to review the last 29 […]

WCET’s 7th Annual Leadership Summit

We just got back from the annual WCET Leadership Summit in Newport Beach, CA where we deliberated on how digital learning can help higher education can embrace: Equity as a demonstrated priority for the institutions’ students, faculty, and staff. Accessibility […]

UDL in Action in College Online Courses

Do you have much experience with Universal Design? Today we’re thrilled to welcome a guest author who has not only implemented UDL on her own, but is assisting her colleagues in applying the principles in their classrooms as well. Tianhong […]

WCET 2018 Summer Reading List

Hello and welcome to WCET’s annual summer reading list! We have compiled a list of enticing reads to get you through those lazy summer days. I plan on making a pitcher of iced tea, sitting back in the sun, and […]

Comparing Credentials: An Update on the Credential Engine

What does the “higher education of the future” look like? Will it be online? On campus? Virtual? Will we still have the same 4 – 7 year undergraduate degree programs? Or will alternative credentials change the higher education landscape? This […]

Federal Regulations Groundhog Day

Breaking news! The 2016 Federal regulations for State Authorization of Distance Education have been delayed. Today we are joined by Cheryl Dowd, Director of WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN), to discuss what we do know about the delay and provide […]

Shifting Campus Culture through Mentoring

Today’s post is an important example of how a campus culture can impact student success. WCET is happy to share this post from Sarah Torres Lugo, Research Assistant with NCHEMS and the Foundation for Student Success. Sarah is here to […]

Rio Salado: Innovation Pushes the Boundaries of Tradition

Today here on WCET Frontiers we are happy to welcome Stacey VanderHeiden Güney, the Director of the Digital Learning Solution Network. Stacey is here to discuss a recent study on higher education institutions implementing digital learning and follow-up conversations regarding […]

Opening a New Path to Success – A Journey with Open Textbooks

Z Degrees (Zero-Textbook Cost Degrees) are what many consider the holy grail of Open Educational Resources (OER) accomplishments. Today’s guest blogger, Tanya Grosz, Ph. D., Dean of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning, led the open initiative at the University of […]

Count All Students! Outcome Measures for Community Colleges

Should we count all students when analyzing higher education, or only some of them? We think all students should be included….and community colleges are often misrepresented by not doing so. This third post in a series of posts on the […]

Count All Students! New Outcome Measures Now Include Non-Traditional Students

There is new improvement to the U.S. Department of Education’s Graduation Rate statistic. And we should all be using it. Institutions with large non-traditional student enrollments (e.g.: community colleges, online colleges, inner city universities, military-serving institutions) have not been well-represented […]

Rigor, Meet Reality

How do you define academic rigor? I know when I was completing my undergraduate and graduate coursework, I could tell the difference between a rigorous course and one that would be a little less time consuming. I also understood, especially […]

OLC and WCET Need Feedback on Accessibility

Even a gazillion dollar industry like the National Football League can be blind to accessibility needs, at times. Perhaps, even, color blind. If you have not seen it, be sure to look at this video of the game in which […]

What Should Reauthorization Be Like?

In February 2018, we had a question submitted through our WCETDiscuss email list about the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. This prompted a discussion of how the reauthorization would or should impact distance education. The original question asked about […]

Supporting Faculty Through a Learning Community

How do faculty at your institution enhance their teaching skills or discuss best practices with their peers? Today, we’re thrilled to learn about Louisiana State University’s Online Teaching Cohort program from Hala Esmail, the Manager of the Faculty Technology Center […]

The Power of Digital Inclusion

In October we opened the call for nominations for this year’s Digital Inclusion Award. The Digital Inclusion Award, co-sponsored by WCET and GlobalMindED, was first awarded last year. Today, WCET Frontiers is happy to welcome Mike Abbiatti, Executive Director of […]

A Look Back at the 2017 WCET Member Job Posts

WCET Job Postings are a compilation of member higher education job posts, emailed directly to our WCET membership and also posted to the WCET website. Rosa Calabrese, the WCET Manager of Digital and Project Support Services shares the job posts […]

Looking Back, Looking Forward

It seems like all the cool kids are writing about last year’s trends and predicting what will come to pass in 2018. Well, we WCETers don’t want to be left out of the fun! Over the last few weeks I’ve […]

California Governor Envisions a New Online Community College

[caption id="attachment_9366" align="alignright" width="114"] CA Governor Brown[/caption] Governor Jerry Brown proposed a new community college that would be online, competency-based, offer sub-associate credentials, and focused on serving working learners. The idea was included in his budget request that he delivered […]

A Look Back at 2017 for WCET Frontiers: It’s Been Weird

What a weird year for news. Comic actress Melissa McCarthy won an Emmy Award for her Saturday Night Live portrayal of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer. It is hard to say which was more surreal, her version of “Spicey” […]

3rd Annual SANsational Awards

This year’s Award Season included the recognition of the award winners for the 3rd Annual SANsational Awards. Today, we’re excited to welcome Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, to introduce this year’s SANsational Award winners. Congratulations to these […]

House HEA Proposes Changes for Distance Ed, CBE, and State Authorization

In a new bill regarding higher education rules proposed in the House of Representatives: all federal state authorization rules are ended, competency-based education gets a boost with “regular and substantive interaction” being redefined and expanded accreditation oversight, accreditation reviews for […]

Introducing the Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

WCET is thrilled to welcome Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Katie Linder, from the Oregon State University Ecampus, to introduce the new Online Learning Efficacy Research Database. This database will help you find citations for higher education studies that compare […]

WCET Family Reunion 2017

You really should have been in Denver at WCET’s 29th Annual Meeting…or “family reunion” as Mike Abbiatti liked to call it. If you were there, you probably did not catch every session and every conversation. Let me help.  I’m here […]

What is Distance Education? – Definitions and Delineations

Close your eyes (not for too long) and answer the question: “What is distance education?” Did you envision the same concept and experiences as I did? Even though more than one-quarter of all higher education students in the United States […]

Research Preparation and Engagement of Instructional Designers

WCET was thrilled to help recruit participants for the Spring 2017 Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit national study on the research engagement and training of instructional designers in institutions of higher education. Today we welcome the authors of the […]

Fight the FoMO: Catch up on OER

Greetings from beautiful Denver, CO, where WCET Frontiers is joined by our Director of Open Policy, Tanya Spilovoy. Read on to catch up with Tanya on OER events, the Z Initiative, and how you can connect with her (either here […]

From a Vision to Reality: The Story of Sentinel City®

Today we continue the WCET Frontiers series on the 2017 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards. These awards honor member institutions and organizations that develop technology-based solutions to challenging educational needs. The 2017 award winners will be honored this week at […]

New Survey Tracks Online and Distance Education in Canada

Congratulations to our Canadian friends on releasing the results of their first survey of online learning activities throughout their country. Released on Tuesday of this week at the ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, the report (“Tracking Online and Distance […]

Blackboard Ally: Tackling Accessibility in Higher Education

Today we continue the WCET Frontiers series on the 2017 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards. These awards honor member institutions and organizations that develop technology-based solutions to challenging educational needs. We welcome Blackboard to discuss their award winning program Ally. […]

Digital Credentials for Faculty Professional Development

I’ve held many conversations with higher education professionals about how to encourage the use of instructional technologies in the classroom. Many times the conversation revolves around the newest innovations, what tool is the most user-friendly, or which new tech will […]

The OIG Report on WGU, Part 2: React…But Don’t Overreact

It has been more than a week since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Final Audit Report declaring that “Western Governors University Was Not Eligible to Participate in the Title IV Programs.” Both of […]

Learning Design for Innovation

Hello and welcome to today’s WCET Frontiers blog post, with guest author John Gillmore, Research Fellow with the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. John is here to discuss a new system of course, program, […]

On the OIG/WGU Finding, Part 1: When Interaction Is Not Interaction

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report concluding: “We concluded that Western Governors University did not comply with the institutional eligibility requirement that limits the percentage of regular students who may enroll in […]

NC-SARA Institutions Report Enrollments

This week we are excited to work with NC-SARA to release two NC-SARA documents, the 2017 enrollment report and a paper comparing NC-SARA enrollments to IPEDS data from 2015. Today on Frontiers we welcome Marshall Hill, Executive Director of NC-SARA, […]

Leadership From the Place You Stand

Welcome to Kate Jordahl the Director of Strategic Planning & Operations for the California Community Colleges Online Education Initiative. Kate is here to discuss opportunities to help our students and our higher education communities by stepping up to lead. Whether you choose […]

Welcome Back to Fall

Traffic has increased, school supplies are in high demand, pumpkin spiced items have already hit the shelves, the marching bands are rehearsing, and there’s a hint of a chill in the air. We are heading toward my favorite season, fall, […]

What role does research play in EdTech decision-making?

How are edtech related decisions made at your institution? Do your decision makers review research to make decisions about what edtech is selected for use in the classroom? This week we welcome Fiona Hollands from the Teachers College with Columbia […]

In Defense of the LMS

Many of us have worked with Learning Management System (LMS)s in one way or another, as administrators, instructors, support, assistants, or students. And, through working with these platforms, many of us end up strongly disliking them. This week we welcome […]

We Need YOU! …to comment on Federal State Authorization Regulations

The Department of Education seeks comments about higher education regulations that may be “appropriate for repeal, replacement, or modification.” WCET and the WCET State Authorization Network (SAN) will comment about the federal state authorization regulations that are scheduled to be […]

Federal Regulations: Delays, Reviews, and a Call for Comments

Federal higher education regulations are under fire and the Department of Education wants your input. Let’s give it to them. Only the Teacher Prep regulations suffered the quick death of the Congressional Review Act. Several other postsecondary consumer protection regulations […]

Digital Inclusion – Moving Towards Opportunity for All

Hello WCET, Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the GlobalMindED conference in Denver, CO to help with the presentation of the first ever Digital Inclusion award. We co-sponsored this award with GlobalMindED. All of the nominees are working […]

Focus on Student Success – WCET Summit ’17 Recap

WCET’s 6th Leadership Summit engaged institutional leaders in strategic discussions regarding alignment and support of their institution’s human capital and technology investments, and how to develop a content strategy to sustain innovation in teaching and learning. In my opinion, boy […]

Finding Your Way Through Financial Aid

This month WCET is focusing on a complex component of student participation in higher education: financial aid. We are very appreciative of our friends at the National Association for Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) for providing two blog posts giving […]

Relaunching the EdSurge Product Index

Hello! This week we welcome Sunny Lee, the Senior Product Manager with Higher Ed at EdSurge. The EdSurge HigherEd team just completed a total relaunch of their courseware product index, which is a system to help higher education administrators search […]

State Authorization Resources! Updated and New!

This week, WCET Frontiers welcomes Cheryl Dowd, our Director of the State Authorization Network. Cheryl is here to announce a new set of helpful state authorization papers. These documents will serve as excellence resources for our colleagues working in state […]

WCET Summer Reading List

Happy Summer! Welcome to WCET’s 2017 Summer Reading list! This year we asked for several recommendations from the WCET team, our leadership committees, and friends, and compiled this exciting list of reads. We recommend grabbing your summer hat, sunblock, some […]

Using Artificial Intelligence for Personality Insights

This week WCET Frontiers is excited to offer something a little different… We all know and love WCET’s Russ Poulin. Here at WCET, several of us are excited about innovative activities and developments in Artificial Intelligence. This week, Rosa Calabrese […]

Oh, What’s in a Name? – Definitions of Distance Ed

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) And by name, I mean definition. And by definition, I mean the definition of distance education. […]

OLC and WCET Ask: “What Keeps You Up at Night?” – Part 2

This is the second in a two-part series on a partnership between the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) to obtain feedback from some of our members. Part 1 focused on the outcome of […]

OLC and WCET Ask: “What Keeps You Up at Night?” – Part 1

This is the first in a two-part series resulting from a partnership between the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies). These posts provide you timely insights from your peers and seek to obtain your […]

Data Privacy for Institutes of Higher Education (IHE)

Data privacy and protection is becoming an increasingly important topic on a personal and professional level and in all fields -not just higher education. Lately stories about hackers gaining access to important data has filled my news feed. We need […]

Sixty Years of Cooperation: Sharing Nursing Enrollments

Happy 60th Anniversary to the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)! WIN is the western regional nursing organization that succeeded the Western Council on Higher Education for Nursing (WCHEN). Today we welcome Paula McNeil and Anna Galas from NEXus to discuss […]

A Digital Accessibility Agenda for Education

Accessibility is a hot topic in and outside of education. In fact, this month, WCET joined the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities (NACDD),  Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) and the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) for Developmental Disabilities […]

Creating an inclusive student environment at UNE Online

I believe that developing an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment is an important aspect of effective teaching and learning. But, how can we foster such an environment? Especially in an online classroom, where it may be harder to make connections […]

Do Closed Captions Help Students Learn?

This week we are happy to welcome Dr. Katie Linder, Oregon State University Ecampus, as our guest blog post author. Dr. Linder is here to discuss a national research project on student use of closed captions and transcriptions. The important […]

Virtually Inspired Website Showcases Practical Innovations

This week we welcome Dr. Susan Aldridge, President of Drexel University Online, and Marci Powell, Chair Emerita of the U.S. Distance Learning Association, to discuss Drexel’s success in teaching and learning in virtual environments. Their story is not only “virtually […]

The Impact of Adaptive Learning on CTU’s Culture

This week we welcome Niki Bray, WCET Adaptive Learning Fellow, to discuss the impact of adaptive learning at CTU. I loved reading this post from Niki, especially the focus on one of our 2016 WOW Award Winners! For more on CTU’s […]

Six Ideas to Innovate Higher Ed Conferences

Leading up to the 2016 Annual Meeting, the WCET team and Steering Committee discussed making future conferences more of an experience that includes facilitated discussions, loosely organized conversations around key edtech topics, and other session types to make the event […]

#WCET16

Hello WCETer’s! Today I’d like to share the highlights of the meeting from my point of view as a new WCET staff member and first timer at the WCET Annual Meeting. As I, sadly, could not be everywhere at once, […]

Lessons Learned as a WCET’er

For the last 7.5 years I have had the opportunity to work with some of the best people in technology-enhanced higher education – the WCET staff and members. I am a better person, a better learner, and a better educator […]

“We need a hero!” How Contract Cheating Works

“We need a hero!” is a recurring subject line in emails I receive from a popular contract cheating provider. In these emails, they beg me to become a “hero” by uploading my “study resources” to help others or by becoming […]

Interpreting what is Required for “Regular and Substantive Interaction”

As greater numbers of students move into online and competency-based education programs, we have seen new interest in understanding the Department of Education’s regulations. In particular, faculty and administrators seek to understand how the Department interprets rules requiring courses to […]

The Future of Learning and Work

Today’s guest blogger is Jeremy Walsh of Learning House. He has spent his career helping organizations to reach their potential. As a dynamic leader, business developer, former pastor, small business owner, entrepreneur, and business consultant, he has a unique perspective on […]

Lights, Camera, Action! – Developing Faculty in 20 Minutes

Change begins with an idea, and in the Instructional Design department at Walters State Community College, we are not afraid of change. We realize that technology is changing our world minute by minute, and by embracing that movement, Walters State […]

The Fun of Minneapolis and #WCET16

WCET’s 28th Annual Meeting is a mere seven weeks away- October 12-14.  In no time, our community of edtech leaders and innovators will convene in beautiful Minneapolis to connect with colleagues,  exchange ideas,  and share triumphs and challenges. The WCET […]

Questions about EQUIP, Ed Department’s Expansion of Aid to New Providers

On Tuesday, The U.S. Department of Education announced (Department press release, Wall Street Journal story) the eight partnerships that were selected in the EQUIP (Educational QUality through Innovative Partnerships) experimental sites program. The Department sought collaborations between accredited institutions that […]

Why We Need to Stop Using ‘Self-Paced’ in CBE Descriptions

Myk Garn is a long-time friend of WCET. He currently champions “new learning models” for the University System of Georgia. Myk also serves on the Board of Directors for the Competency-Based Education Network (C-BEN). After recent discussions about attacks on […]

Native Alaskans Use Digital Storytelling to Explore and Share

A trim hiker in black shorts and a blue sleeveless shirt stands atop a mountain, her arms raised in victory. This image literally headlines Eva Gregg’s digital eWolf portfolio. That’s her in the picture. [caption id="attachment_4598" align="alignleft" width="647"] This image […]

You Too Have Déjà vu with EdTech Conferences?

[caption id="attachment_4566" align="alignleft" width="300"] Higher-Ed Edtech & Innovation Conferences graphic from our Friends at EdSurge HigherEd.[/caption] We have all attended a conference and had that déjà vu feeling, where you look at the program and the attendees and have the […]

Reflections of a Connected Learning Coach

For the past six weeks I have been serving as the connected learning coach for Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community Engaged Research, a fully online, graduate level, connected learning course sponsored by the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) Division of Community Engagement […]

Reimagining Higher Education and the National Technology Plan

On the last day of June, the U.S. Department of Education hosted an invitation-only session on “Reimagining Higher Education.” I was very pleased to represent WCET members. Here are some of the top takeaways and notice that they are planning […]

21st Century Credentials: Telling the Story of the Whole Student

Earlier this month WCET’ers gathered in Salt Lake City to have frank discussions and hear from leading experts in the somewhat nebulous construct of 21st Century Credentials. There is no way I can replicate the conversations held, the discussions, the […]

Behind the Curtain: Lessons from a Modern Digital Marketer

Higher education has undergone a dramatic shift over the last 10 years, and so too has the world of marketing. In 2014, the Harvard Business Review stated that it could not think of another discipline that had evolved so quickly, […]

One Graduate’s Elusive Achievement: Thanks to Competency-Based Education

Learn how competency-based education (CBE) helped one Texan (an adult, veteran, fully-employed, grandparent) achieve another important title: college graduate. Thank you to Judith Sebesta, Institute for Competency-Based Education, Texas A&M University-Commerce for contributing this inspiring story. Russ Poulin In his […]

Engagement and Leadership

Transforming Your Practice as a Pathway to Fulfillment and Student Success in State Authorization Careers Please join us in welcoming Jason Piatt, Director, Online Compliance and Communication, Kent State Online Kent State University to the Frontiers blog as he shares an […]

Call to Action: EVERYONE Should Respond to Teacher Prep Distance Ed Regs

If you have not paid attention to the proposed “Teacher Prep” regulations, it’s time to do so. Once again “distance education” is being treated differently by the U.S. Department of Education. Certainly, institutions with distance education programs that prepare students […]

Stepping-up Now: Researching Social Media

In an era when undergraduate students emerge digitally engaged, the progressive graduate educator is one who is open to adapt and adjust the delivery of their teaching, assignments, and interactions to incorporate innovative technology. Faculty face both implicit and explicit […]

Breaking News on “Teacher Prep” Regulations for Distance Education

Today, the U.S. Department of Education released a new set of proposed regulations for those educating our future teachers at a distance. The long-delayed “Teacher Prep” regulations could cause more complications for colleges of education using distance education to serve […]

Bringing Joy to Technology Design

We welcome Alexis Hope, MIT Media Lab, as today’s guest blogger, as she gives us a peek at a new publishing platform that incorporates many types of multimedia into your text copy. Alexis and a panel of MIT Media Lab […]

Edtech is a Human Experience: My First SXSWedu

Sometimes you have to start at the end to see the beginning more clearly.  On my {somewhat delayed} journey home from SXSWedu, our Mike Abbiatti posed the question, “if technology is all it’s cracked up to be, why do we spend so […]

Connected Credentials and the Value of Competencies

We’re happy to welcome Deb Everhart, Georgetown University, back to the Frontiers blog.  Today Deb is sharing work she did with ACE on connected credentials and the value of competencies.  Our own Mike Abbiatti worked on this with her and […]

Teaching the Whys of Where: Enhancing Understanding Through Geography

Thank you to Allison Friederichs (Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Assistant Teaching Professor, University College University of Denver) for recommending an innovative adjunct faculty member for today’s guest blog post. I think you will enjoy learning from Joseph Kerski. Thank you Joseph […]

New WCET Distance Ed Enrollment Report Shows Continued Growth

We are pleased to announce the first issue of a new report, the “WCET Distance Education Enrollment Report 2016: Using IPEDS 2014 Fall Enrollment Data.” Based on data accumulated by the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System’s […]

The Great LMS Review Adventure

Who wants the best LMS?  We all do!  How do you pick the best LMS? *cricket chirp, cricket chirp* A choice of a Learning Management System (LMS) is a critical one for colleges and universities on so many levels – it […]

Mind the Skills Gap

In the final chapter of our three-part set of guest blog posts focusing on the future, we welcome Michelle Weise. Formerly at the Clayton Christensen Institute, Michelle now serves as Executive Director of the Sandbox CoLABorative for Southern New Hampshire […]

WCET, OLC, & UPCEA Partner on Higher Ed Act for the 21st Century Learner

WCET partners with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) in creating a unified voice on pending federal regulations for today’s higher education students. By working together, we can have more impact on […]

Highlights of Distance Education Enrollment Trends from IPEDS Fall 2014

Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) released the third year of Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data that reports Distance Education (DE) student enrollment for the Fall of 2014. This is […]

The Promise of Adaptivity

WCET seeks to raise awareness on the why, how and what of adaptive learning; to develop a community of faculty, administrators, designers and providers to share promising practices and ideas; and for WCET to be a valuable resource on this […]

NROC, EdReady, and Continuous Innovation

For those who attended the annual meeting, you already had in introduction to EdReady by The NROC Project as a 2015 WOW Award winner. They created a great video that explains the basis of the project, but we asked Ahrash […]

A Survey of Practices in Supporting Online Adjunct Faculty

Are colleges doing all they can to assure that their online adjunct faculty are successful? Institutions employing adjunct faculty for online courses were surveyed about the practices they use in supporting them.  With the frequent use of adjuncts and growing […]

DETA Advances Distance Ed Research Through Grants and a Toolkit

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) Research Center invites you to participate in a competitive grant process. They are looking for researchers who want to conduct rigorous studies on effective course and institution practices in online […]

Making a Business Case for Joining or Not Joining SARA

To join or not to join…. that is the question.  The answer, like everything else related to state authorization is….it depends!  This blog post will identify the factors that an institution faces in making that choice. Begin with Internal Analysis […]

Faculty Skills for 21st Century Learners

WCET Steering Committee member Preston Davis guest blogs today about the skill requirements for modern faculty. After reading his post, join him on October 6 as he leads a Google Hangout addressing the question:  “is there a digital divide between […]

Universal Design: An Accessibility Philosophy that Helps Everyone

Thank you to Howard Kramer from the University of Colorado-Boulder for this interview on Universal Design’s power to assist those with accessibility needs…and to benefit everyone else in a course. Howard is a cofounder of the annual Accessing Higher Ground […]

A Review of the Department of Education’s New College Scorecard Website

Over the weekend, the U.S. Department of Education released its long-awaited College Scorecard. Originally envisioned as a way to help the Department in determining whether institutions should remain eligible to offer financial aid, the focus is now on student-as-consumer information.  […]

Progressive and Innovative, Denver is the Perfect Host for #WCET15

Denver and its surrounding area, including Boulder, is known for progressive and innovative tech business incubation and growth. The urban landscape adjacent to the foothills and the Rocky Mountains nurtures an innovative yet reenergizing spirit.  The WCET Annual Meeting, commemorating […]

Sustaining Innovation: Tips for Leading a Maturing Entity

Note: This blog post is for those managers of online learning or extended learning units who are in maturing organizations. If you have started an online learning unit or recently been asked to transition an operation to partially or fully […]

Congress Proposes Changes to Student Data Usage and Privacy Regulations

Van Davis, Blackboard’s new Associate Vice President of Higher Education Research and Policy, is today’s guest blogger. We’re all engaged in assuring that student data is used properly. Van gives us an insight into legislation that may add new responsibilities in protecting student […]

Recycling, Revitalizing and Reimagining

Today we welcome Stacey Güney, director, HLC ACCelerator, Austin Community College as she shares with us how the rebirth of the physical shell of the Highland Mall has led to the rebirth of hope in ACC students. Rebirth of the Highland […]

Three A’s Driving the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act

This summer the Senate HELP (Health, Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee has begun the process of reauthorizing the Higher Education Act of 1965.  As some of you have experienced in previous reauthorizations, the committee has been holding hearings to determine […]

Connected Devices, Connected Colleagues

You will not want to miss the WCET Annual Meeting in Denver at the beautiful Westin Downtown,  November 11-13.  Though the fall meeting schedule is packed,  a recent attendee said, “WCET is the one meeting on my agenda that I WILL […]

Six Common Myths about State Authorization for Distance Education

This week the WCET State Authorization Network is hosting its second State Authorization Compliance Workshop in Denver. In discussing the contents for this event, we started stumbling on some common myths that we keep hearing about state authorization and distance […]

How a Technical Call Center Added Financial Aid Calls – and Thrived!

After 10 years of providing technical support for e-Learning solutions, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium’s (CTDLC) Call Center was presented with an interesting opportunity.  The CFO of our parent organization, Charter Oak State College, approached us to ask whether we […]

Update on the Five Types of State Authorization Regulations

Hello from Washington, DC and the NACUA (National Association of College and University Attorneys) Annual Conference. As part of my role on a state authorization panel, I was asked to give an overview of the Department of Education’s state authorization […]

Highlights from #WCETSummit: #AdaptiveLearning in #HigherEd

As has become tradition, June 10th and 11th, a band of WCET’ers gathered to explore an emerging innovation in higher education – adaptive learning.  Following in the footsteps of our summits on big data and alternative credentials, this summit looked […]

Four Recommendations for the Higher Ed Act Reauthorization

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 […]

CCCOnline Finds Success in Six-week Intensive Courses

As of summer 2014 CCCOnline has been offering 6-week intensive courses.  These have shown great promise in terms of student interest, student success/retention, and instructor satisfaction.  Before I embark on this journey we’ve been on, first a little background on […]

Breaking Bad: Improving College and University Teaching

Tony Bates has had a distinguished career promoting distance learning and open learning and content initiatives around the world.  Today Tony shares with us his latest book – an online, open textbook – as a resource for those teaching in our current digital […]

DEAC Announces Peer Review Process for Non-traditional Distance Ed Providers

How do students judge the quality of distance education courses?  The Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s (DEAC) new quality review process helps students to make that evaluation. Traditional colleges have accreditation. Accrediting agencies traditionally provide peer-review evaluations to (according to the […]

NANSLO Web-based Labs: Real Equipment, Real Data, Real People!

Many pressures on higher education make the services of the North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO) essential.  These include growing enrollments in online courses while campus enrollments decline, the need to provide flexibility for nontraditional students, a growing […]

Opening the Doors to Education: Ensuring Accessibility in Open Textbooks

Accessibility is a concern across all of technology-enhanced education.  At BCcampus, they wanted to help content creators incorporate accessible practices into their open materials. Amanda Coolidge, Open Education manager at BCcampus, shares with us how they crafted the BC Open Textbook […]

What Can Happen If I Don’t Follow State Authorization Regulations?

Those of us in WCET’s State Authorization Network (SAN) and in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA) leadership often get asked the questions: “Does anyone really enforce ‘state authorization’ in the U.S.?” “Why don’t I read in the higher education […]

eCampusAlberta Quality Rubric for Online Courses

A long time supporter of WCET, we are delighted to hear from Tricia Donovan, executive Director of eCampusAblerta today.  Thank you, Tricia, for sharing with us eCA’s work in developing the quality eToolkit.  eCampusAlberta is a consortium of 26 publicly funded post-secondary […]

WCET Strategic Priorities: Practice, Policy, and Advocacy

Today we hear from Peter Smith, Founding President, Open College @ Kaplan University and chair of the WCET Executive Council.  Thank you Peter for your insights today and the leadership you provide your Cooperative. It is a tremendous honor to […]

Defining a Research Agenda for Distance Education

Thank you to Tanya Joosten, Laura Pedrick, and Diane Reddy for inviting me to a summit to kick-off the new National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements.  Operated by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, DETA (as they have thankfully […]

Strong Signals for HEA Reauthorization in 2015

With great foresight into the happenings of the Hill, today Christopher T. Murray and Kenneth D. Salomon, partners at Thompson Coburn LLP, share with us what they have observed regarding Higher Ed Act Reauthorization possibilities for 2015.  WCET is currently exploring ways to […]

Open Educational Resources in ND: A Teacher’s Perspective

In a continuation of our look into the Open Educational Resources Initiative in North Dakota, today we are excited to share Teresa Tande’s, Associate Professor of English/Humanities at Lake Region State College, story of incorporating OER into her classroom. When […]

OER Supported by North Dakota Legislators

Today we have the privilege of hearing from Tanya Spilovoy, director of distance education and state authorization at the North Dakota University System, as she shares with us the journey of an open educational resource initiative that has what we […]

Connecting the Dots

Today we welcome our new WCET executive director, Michael D. Abbiatti, to his first post on Frontiers.  Many of you know Mike from his years of active participation as a member of WCET.  We invite you to take a moment […]

Top “Ten-ish” WCET Blogs from 2014

Looking back at 2014, here are some of our most popular blog posts.  There were some posts that were quite popular regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking process for state authorization for distance education regulations.  We’ve removed those […]

Kentucky’s Commonwealth College – United We Stand

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has a great history of statewide elearning innovation, see Kentucky Virtual Campus, Kentucky Virtual Library, Kentucky Virtual Adult Education, and  Learn on Demand.  In a partnership among its colleges, they are increasing the capacity […]

#WCET14: Ideas Blossomed in the City of Roses

November 19-21, 2014 seasoned WCET’ers and new comers to our community gathered in Portland, OR (known the City of Roses) to exchange ideas and learn together.  Invigorated by the conversations and fueled by amazing epicurean adventures, the tenor of the […]

#WCET14 Arrives in Portland & Your Desktop

WCET’ers are arriving from all over the nation in beautiful Portland, Oregon to celebrate 26 years of coming together.   This year we’re proud to present a program that brings both big picture, forward thinking ideas and practical applications that […]

Exploring Portland at #WCET14

November 18, 2014 Another Portlandite, Jim Friscia, gives us a look into the fun Portland has to offer to compliment the learning at #WCET14.  Who knows, perhaps the next big thing in e-learning will come from a walk in the […]

The OER Trifecta: Access, Affordability and Student Success

A 2014 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award winner, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) OER-Based Associate Degree Project has saved its students nearly half a million dollars in its pilot year.  Read on as Wm. Preston Davis, Director of Instructional […]

Big Data, Analytics and Reflections on Student Success

Today we feature Ellen Wagner, Chief Strategy Officer, Predictive Analytics Reporting (PAR) Framework as she takes us on a tour of the post-secondary big data landscape, including reflections on the first three years of the PAR Framework. It Begins With […]

New Gainful Employment Regulations Tied to State Authorization

This morning, the U.S. Department of Education released a 945 page document describing its new “Gainful Employment” (GE) regulations. An informal version is available on the Department’s website and the final version will be published in the Federal Register on […]

Community Colleges Adapt to CBE for the Benefit of Their Students

At your cooperative, we’re always happy to share the learning of our members.  Sharing with us today is Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement at Western Governors University, about the work WGU has done with community colleges to launch […]

Education Department Urges Colleges to Follow IPEDS Distance Ed Definitions

In an extended conversation with the U.S. Department of Education (US ED) IPEDS personnel, they confirmed which distance education enrollment counts colleges should be reporting to the Department’s IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) survey. The Department representatives also wondered […]

Intellipath for MBA preparation

Today we welcome Colorado Technical University Chief Academic Officer and Provost, Connie Johnson and CTU faculty member, Sarah Pingrey as they share what their WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award-winning program has done to improve the student and faculty experience in […]

Capella University FlexPath

Capella University is a 2014 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recipient for the development of FlexPath.  Deb Bushway, Vice President of Academic Innovation and Chief Academic Officer shares with us today the evolution of FlexPath from pilot to celebrating its […]

Learner-Centric Shifts in Education

Katie Blot, senior vice president, education services at Blackboard shares with us how MyEdu is helping learners succeed through academic planning and out into the marketplace.   When we talk about changes in education, the best place to start is with […]

Have Fun in Portland at WCET’s Annual Meeting

Greetings from the great Pacific Northwest! Portland (aka the City of Roses, Bridgetown, Beervana, P-Town, Rip City, Stumptown, and PDX) welcomes you to WCET’s 26th Annual Meeting. There’s no way to tell if you’ll experience the usual rain, sun breaks, […]

Seven Key Takeaways from the State Authorization Webcasts

In partnership with M-SARA (run by MHEC), the Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA), we offered two webcasts in August with updates on state authorization. The first webcast focused on state and federal […]

Education 3.0 – Around The Globe

What do Greeks, Vietnamese, Australians, and Americans have in common? The answer is no joke… I travel a lot. For the past several years, I have accumulated over 200,000 miles per year, going around the world to speak about education […]

The Evolution of Education

This year, the WCET Annual Meeting will kick off with a keynote from Nancy Zimpher, Chancellor of the State University of New York (SUNY).  Today she shares with us how her team is addressing three fundamental principles in education – access, completion and […]

You can learn THAT online?!?!?

Online learning has been popularized through programs in business, technology, education and even nursing.  However, over the years, the diversity of programs you can take online – even those which require extensive clinical hours – has grown.  For a little […]

The Starbucks Plan: A Big Step Forward, But Challenges Remain

Our WICHE Colleague, Patrick Lane, senior policy analyst and the project coordinator for the Adult College Completion Network, shares with us today a recap, originally posted on the ACCN blog, of what the Starbucks-ASU partnership means for employees and how […]

This Summer, Online Collaborating is Hot!

It has been a good summer and a good year for colleges finding ways to work together online. I’ve been meaning to note this development for some time, but this week’s developments with California State University Online prompted me to […]

Fresh air, Fresh ideas

As military boot camp serves to bulk up the physical endurance and mental preparation for combat service, WCET’s data boot camp brought together cross-functional teams to bulk up their knowledge and preparation to build analytics capacity at their specific institution.  […]

U.S. Department of Education ‘Pausing’ on State Authorization

In an address to the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) yesterday, Ted Mitchell (Under Secretary for Postsecondary) Education announced a ‘pause’ on state authorization.  This announcement was reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed today. […]

A Response to New NCES Report on Distance Education

By Phil Hill and Russ Poulin, cross-posted to e-Literate blog. Last week the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a new report analyzing the new IPEDS data on distance education. The report, titled Enrollment in Distance Education Courses, by […]

From the D.O.C. to Doc: The Role of Education in My Incarceration

Deb Gearhart, Ohio University, recently told me the inspiring story of one of their distance graduates who overcame several life challenges on his road to a degree.  After several youthful bad decisions, this student was sentenced to life imprisonment through […]

Project DAVID — Strategic Reinvention in Liberal Arts Colleges

Many WCET members are involved in “reinvention” of their institutions and the change management that it implies. Project DAVID engaged leaders in liberal arts colleges in sharing their innovations. Thank you to Ann Hill Duin and Eric Childers for their […]

Open Educational Resources: How Broward College Online Took the Dive

Today we welcome guest author, David Shulman, Campus President, Broward College Online, as he shares with us how Florida’s Global Campus made the commitment to and implemented open educational resources and other no-cost course materials. Background It’s no secret that […]

Proposed Federal State Authorization Language: Provide Your Input

March 20, 2014 As you may know, I was selected to the U.S. Department of Education’s Program Integrity Negotiated Rulemaking Committee.  One of the regulations that we are considering is the federal rules regarding the state authorization of institutions offering […]

Originality Matters: Making Academic Integrity a Teachable Moment

February 20, 2014 If not handled well, accusations of cheating or plagiarism, could have a huge impact on a student’s academic journey.  We welcome Dr. Michelle Warn, Program Chair, Masters in Teaching and Learning with Technology at Ashford University, to share with […]

WCET Predictions for 2014 Focus on Academic Quality and Student Needs

We asked you to: “Predict something that will happen this year regarding teaching, learning, technology, business of e-learning, policy, regulations, student behavior, or other related items.” Not surprising of our followers, the bulk of the focus is on academic issues […]

The Need for Greater Productivity through Online Learning, Part 1

January 21, 2014 In some circles, online learning has become the panacea for increasing access and productivity in higher education.  As distance education professionals, we’ve been comfortable with the access issue, but politicians have pulled us into the productivity mix […]

One Student’s Reality of Excessive Online College Fees

January 16, 2014 Today, President Obama convenes a “Summit” on higher education access and affordability. Given that theme, I thought it would be appropriate to hear one student’s perspective. Celia Perez is an adult, a single parent, an employee, and […]

Predictions from 2013: MOOCs and Competency-based Education Top Pick

January 7, 2014 In January of last year we asked you to: “Predict something that will happen this year regarding teaching, learning, technology, business of e-learning, policy, regulations, student behavior, or other related items.” Given that broad request, it is […]

Happy New Year from WCET – Top Blog Posts from 2013

December 31, 2013 WCET ends the year by looking back at the most popular blog posts from 2013 and in wishing you a very happy new year.  Our offerings that received the most views include… Is Your Distance Education Course […]

Research on “What Makes a Great MOOC”

December 18, 2013 Thank you to Colt Alton of Ednak for conducting this interview with Panagiotis Adamopoulos on his research regarding “What Makes a Great MOOC.”  Adamopoulos is a PhD Candidate of Information Systems at New York University’s Leonard N. […]

Choosing the Right Mobile Device to Fit Your Needs

Today WCET Frontiers welcomes Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, with the Tennessee Board of Regents, eLearning Initiative, as a guest blogger.  In the following post she shares with us the research she conducted on the top educational […]

Update on SARA – the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement

December 9, 2013 We’re pleased to have Marshall Hill, Executive Director of the National Council for State Reciprocity Agreements update us on progress with SARA.  WCET will host a free webcast featuring Marshall Hill updating us with more details about […]

Federal State Authorization Regulation: It’s Baaaack!! (Almost)

November 22, 2013 The Department of Education took the next steps in reinstating the federal regulation requiring institutions to demonstrate that they have the proper authorization to serve distance students in other states. Earlier this week the Department announced in […]

WCET13 Recap: Honoring the Past, Planning for the Future

As we crossed the milestone of the 25th WCET Annual Meeting, the WCET community took the time to celebrate the past while not dwelling there but rather planning for the future.  As promised, not only did the weather in Denver […]

Celebrate 25 Years with #WCET13 – Near or Far

Whether you’ll be with us in person or in spirit, there are many not-to-miss sessions and networking opportunities at the WCET 25th Annual Meeting. WCET is thrilled to have numerous edtech innovators on the Annual Meeting program.  Our two keynote […]

WCET Video Interview: Anne Derryberry

Over the past two years, we at WCET have had the pleasure of working with Anne Derryberry on several game and badge related initiatives. In late summer 2012 we commenced WCET’s Who’s Got Class? which was designed and game-mastered by […]

Successfully Implementing Mobile Learning Across an Entire Campus

We better be paying attention to mobile learning.  A short while ago, I asked Robbie Melton, the Tennessee Board of Regents’ (and WCET’s) “Appologist” about examples in her state of successful implementation of mobile learning on campus.  She introduced me […]

Missing: Millenials in the Education Profession

Today we welcome a young leader working at the intersection of higher education and technology, Sean Traigle, Senior Director, Academic Partnerships at StraighterLine.  Sean shares his perspective on the contributions millenials stand to make to our industry and puts a call to […]

Badges, Credits and Accreditation

Alternative credentials are a hot topic in higher education – from the new direct assessment competency based programs to badges to certify competency.  Today, Anne Derryberry of Sage Road Solutions, LLC, shares with us the current thinking around how badges […]

Accreditators are Monitoring the Changing e-Learning Environment

Today’s guest blogger is Karen Solomon of the Higher Learning Commission, one of the regional accrediting agencies.  She shares some of the e-learning emerging issues that they are following. Karen also serves as the chair of WCET’s Steering Committee.  Thank […]

Steps in Forming a Good Partnership with Third Party Vendors

As a distance education administrator you will be working with all kinds of third party vendors. In higher education we use many vendors to run our business.  For distance education there are the critical systems we use, such as our […]

The Audacity of MOOCS

After last week’s blog posting from David Cillay, Richard Katz (former WCET Executive Council member) and I had a great discussion via email.  I invited Richard to provide his viewpoint.  Richard served 14 years as vice president of EDUCAUSE and […]

It’s Time to Redirect the Conversation about MOOCs

So many exciting things are happening in higher education these days, it could make a guy’s hair fall out (see my photo at the bottom of this post). Most of the headlines have been about “massive” education and the stories […]

State Authorization: Updates on SARA, the Military, and the USDOE Regulation

In the last several weeks there have been several developments regarding state authorization of distance education courses and programs.  Here is a summary of those activities.State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement The four regional higher education compacts (Midwestern Higher Education Compact, New […]

Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials

Today we welcome guest blogger, Dr. Deborah Everhart, Director of Integration Strategy at Blackboard, our partner in the upcoming MOOC, Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials which starts Sept. 9th.  Deborah shares with us the tipping point for badges and […]

Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials

Today we welcome guest blogger, Dr. Deborah Everhart, Director of Integration Strategy at Blackboard, our partner in the upcoming MOOC, Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials which starts Sept. 9th.  Deborah shares with us the tipping point for badges and […]

Confessions of a MOOC Reviewer

In our on-going series of blog posts on MOOCs, Elizabeth Allan shares her experiences as a reviewer of the “credit-worthiness” of a science MOOC.  Previously, Patricia Book gave us her insight into the overall ACE review process.  In this post, […]

MOOCs are Maturing

Our next guest blogger in our series on MOOCs is Ray Schroeder, who, until recently was the Associate Vice Chancellor of Online Learning at the University of Illinois Springfield.  Congratulations to Ray on his new position with UPCEA.  Ray has […]

MOOCs – A Question of Credit

John Ebersole, president of Excelsior College, gives his views on where MOOCs currently stand on their trek to become avenues for students to receive college credit.  This guest blog posting is part of a short series on MOOCs and follow […]

ACE’s First Review of MOOCs for Academic Credit

Over the next few weeks, WCET will publish a series of blog posts on Massively Open Online Courses.  Given the amount of press that MOOCs have received over the past year, you must be wondering why we need more writings […]

SARA Update: All Dressed Up and Raring to Go

In recent weeks I have received several inquiries about that status of SARA – the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement.   Since the national meeting in April, there has been activity, but it has been slower than hoped.  To be clear, I […]

Texas Addresses Student Costs through Innovative Baccalaureate Program

Making college affordable is in headlines across the country.  In today’s blog, Van Davis, Director of Special Projects, Workforce, Academic Affairs, and Research Division, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, shares with us the story of an innovative baccalaureate program in Texas which […]

WCET Leadership Summit: Under the Sword of Data Highlights

Last week higher education leaders from around the U.S. gathered in Salt Lake City to answer not only the question, “What is ‘big data’?”, but also the “Now What?” for its implications on the future of higher education. The two […]

The Community College Journey to Predictive Analytics

This week, Luzelma Canales, Executive Director, Resource Development & Administration, Lone Star College System brings us along the path that her system has followed to adopting predictive analytics.  Luzelma and others will share more about their analytics journey at the WCET Leadership […]

Five more years of inaccessibility?

WCET welcomes Lauren McLarney of the National Federation of the Blind in giving us some recent history of and the next steps for proposed regulations regarding accessibility to educational technologies for those with disabilities.  Thank you Lauren. I was in […]

Reflections of Hurricane Sandy Six Months Later

Just days before Halloween in 2012, the residents of New Jersey faced the high winds, storm surge, and flooding from Hurricane Sandy.  We asked Sheri Prupis from NJEDge to give us an update on how New Jersey’s colleges and universities […]

Concerning Online Learning: Experience Matters

After I published my blog piece that analyzed the Community College Research Center’s (CCRC) new research on online students, Mac Adkins of Smarter Services contacted me about research based upon the experiences of institutions using their services.  Mac was invited […]

CTDLC: Collaborating to Offer eTutoring

In this Frontiers blog, we welcome back the 2007 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award winning eTutoring program from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.  A long running program by any standards, this WOW Award winner has continued to grow and improve […]

Beware of Wolves in Electronic Sheep’s Clothing

The requests look innocent enough. “I’ve created a site to help students looking to enroll in {insert option: online colleges, night school, distance education, adult education, and so on and so forth}.  My goal is to help students who want […]

The Significance of CCRC’s New Research on Online Ed

Last Sunday, a New York Times editorial educated us on “The Trouble with Online College.” When the editorial focuses on the results of a longitudinal study by Columbia University’s  Community College Research Center (CCRC).  While they make some good points, […]

ds106 is Made of the Stuff the Web is Made of

With all this talk about MOOCs, we wanted to hear from someone who had deep experience with open courses long before the idea was discovered by the elite universities.  Guest blogger Alan Levine most recently was instructional technology specialist at […]

How the Course Catalog Killed Education

Dr. Christine Geith, Michigan State University, has been pioneering new approaches in higher education for more than 20 years using educational technology, online learning and entrepreneurial practices. Dr. Geith has experience in research, teaching, small business, internet start-ups, online and […]

Serious Thinking About Online Learning In Florida

Last week, we heard Phil Hill’s take on a statewide meeting in California to address how technology-mediated learning could help the state meet its higher education goals.  David Longanecker, president of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE) was […]

California Switches Driver on Road to Future of Higher Education

In dealing with tight budgets, limited access to courses, growing costs to students, and concerns about educational quality, we’re noticing that governors and legislators in states and provinces are asking tough questions.  Many see technology as part of the answer […]

What Are You Reading?

Need some advice for reading for the holiday break or as a resolution for the new year?  I was thinking about books about elearning or higher education that I have read or have had recommended to me in the past […]

Faculty Development for Blended Learning: A Survey of Practices

WCET is pleased to welcome Liz Ciabocchi and Amy Ginsberg of Long Island University as guest bloggers in sharing their research on faculty development.  Thank you to WCET members who responded to their survey on training opportunities for blended learning […]

Distance Education in IPEDS

There are some exciting changes in the Integrated Postsecondary Data Education System (IPEDS) data collection. Most notably, IPEDS has started to collect more information on postsecondary distance education. In the 2011-12 data collection year, IPEDS began asking institutions if they […]

Partnering to Better Serve Adults

Our colleague from across the building, Patrick Lane, joins the Frontiers blog today to share the resources from the recent meeting of the Adult College Completion (ACC) Network.  The ACC Network aims to unite organizations and agencies working to increase […]

Transforming the Developmental Math Experience

The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recognizes exceptional efforts by WCET members in implementing technology in higher education, especially in outstanding innovation, quality improvement, or achievements in using educational technology tools, techniques, or services.  Guest Blogger Claudia L’Amoreaux describes the […]

WCET12 Wrap-Up Dispatch

Now that you’ve unpacked your bags, fallen back with that extra hour of sleep and as you begin looking through your notes, we want to be sure you know just where you can find all of the great resources from […]

Dispatch from WCET12: November 2, 2012

We enjoyed another great day in San Antonio for the WCET Annual Meeting.  We’re happy to share some highlights with you. Equity: The Answer to National Completion Goals David Longanecker, WICHE President, introduced Deborah Santiago, Excelencia in Education, who gave […]

Dispatch from WCET12: November 1, 2012

Greetings from San Antonio and the WCET Annual Meeting!! Here are some highlights Thursday’s activities. Keynote Speaker Jane Bozarth on social media toys for tools. Self-proclaimed “world’s oldest millennial,” Jane Bozarth, helped us move beyond the social media hype to […]

SHEEO State Authorization Survey: Updates and Trends

Thank you to our guest bloggers Marianne Boeke of NCHEMS and Sharmila Basu Mann of SHEEO.  Both of their organizations share the same building as WCET, and we have enjoyed working together with them on the state authorization issue.  With […]

Are Your Arms Too Short to Teach a MOOC?

Thank you to guest blogger, Chuck Wight of the University of Utah.  In this  post, he describes some of his experiences in taking a MOOC offered by Coursera. Last fall, Sebastian Thrun and Peter Norvig offered their Artificial Intelligence course […]

Let’s Work Together to Improve College Completion and Affordability

At last year’s WCET Annual Meeting, the “Forging the Future” preconference engaged participants in addressing the question of whether a $10,000 degree was doable.  Together, the participants developed fascinating options on how an institution could be created to address this […]

Do you have CLASS?

Game-based learning, gamification and badges are gathering steam across higher education as forms of student engagement and alternative credentialing.  As your cooperative, WCET designed our authentic experience of badges and game-based learning to give our members and friends a way […]

‘Snake Oil’ and the Rest of the Story

This past week I had the opportunity to chat with Inside Higher Ed reporter Steve Kolovich on the post-MOOC emergence of free courses, programs, and even degrees. In particular, Steve was interested in knowing what I thought about World Education […]

Bienvenido a San Antonio!

Ah, late October….what a great time to visit San Antonio for WCET’s 24th Annual Meeting!  The weather is perfect, the festivals are in full swing, and the city is filled to the brim with great stuff to do and see.  […]

Online Ed: Changing the Face of Summer Session

Robert Griggs is the Interim Vice President for Innovation and Extended Learning at Bemidji State University, which is located in northern Minnesota.  Bob has a long history of experience with online education.  We asked him to comment on trends that […]

Visualizing Assessment

Sharing his vision with us today is Dr. Mark Sarver, the CEO of eduKan, a consortium of colleges delivering online education. Do you ever look at something and know it doesn’t look right, but you just cannot figure out why?  […]

Journey with WCET into Badges & Game Based Learning

Today WCET is pleased to announce the kick-off of Who’s Got Class? Our new badge and game-based learning initiative.  This customized multi-player game provides our members and friends with the opportunity to explore the emerging, evolving world of badges and […]

Reduced Pell Grants for Distance Students? We Need Your Help.

Deep within an appropriations bill that was recently passed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations is a provision that could have a deep financial impact on the most cash-strapped undergraduate distance students.  The bill proposes to disallow counting the […]

The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO)

Today’s guest blog comes to us from our WICHE colleagues Pat Shea and Catherine Weldon who run an innovative program to bring sophisticated science into the virtual hands of online students. NANSLO represents an international collaborative partnership between postsecondary institutions […]

Technology Toys to Tools

Jane Bozarth, author of the book “Social Media for Trainers,” is an expert on training and social media strategy and a dynamic presenter. You won’t want to miss Jane’s keynote presentation which kicks off WCET’s 24th Annual Meeting, October 31 […]

Court Deals Second Blow to Federal State Authorization Regulation

This afternoon (June 5, 2012), the U.S. Court of Appeals agreed with a lower court ruling to ‘vacate’ the distance education portion (§600.9c) of the U.S. Department of Education’s ‘state authorization’ regulation.  In last summer’s ruling on a lawsuit challenging […]

It’s Coming: The Next Higher Education Act Reauthorization

As you may have noted, we are still addressing federal regulatory issues that resulted from the last round of Higher Education Act reauthorization.  While we will continue to address what’s in place, it’s also time to look forward.  We invited […]

10 Steps You Can Take to Begin the State Authorization Process

When speaking about state authorization to institutional audiences, we are often asked to provide guidance to institutional leaders and staff on how they might go about starting the process of becoming authorized outside of the institution’s home state.  After thinking […]

WCET Digital Learning Content Summit: Second Day & Free-range Learning

Yesterday we completed WCET’s Leadership Summit on New Directions for Digital Learning Content.  We had great conversations with academic leaders, elearning professionals, and corporate executives about educational digital resources of all kinds.  Thank you to T.J. Bliss, doctoral candidate at […]

WCET Digital Learning Content Summit: First Day Highlights

Greetings from Salt Lake City where WCET is holding its Leadership Summit on New Directions for Digital Learning Content.  Academic leaders, elearning professionals, and corporate executives are sharing advances in both proprietary and open digital resources.  Below is a taste […]

What’s on your open agenda?

Today Frontiers welcomes David Porter, Executive Director of  BCcampus which is a publicly funded organization that uses information technology to connect the expertise, programs, and resources of all B.C. post-secondary institutions under a collaborative service delivery framework. It looks like […]

Mobilizing Higher Education

Today WCET Frontiers welcomes Dr. Robbie Melton, Associate Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, with the Tennessee Board of Regents, eLearning Initiative, as a guest blogger. Mobilization (the use of mobile devices and apps) continues to change the way we communicate, conduct […]

Should Online Courses Charge Less? It Doesn’t Just Happen

I was recently invited to address the Indiana Commission for Higher Education on this issue.  They had received several proposals for distance programs in recent months.  Each one was pricing its courses at a rate higher than its on-campus counterpart.   […]

Putting a Student Face on Not Complying with State Authorization

In talking to institutions about state authorization, we often get asked about the consequences to the institution for not complying with the regulations.  Rarely do we get asked about the impact on students.  We became aware of some instances where […]

Test Proctoring: An Old Solution to a (Re)Emerging Problem

Today we welcome Peg Wherry, Director of Online Learning at Montana State University, as a guest blogger.  Peg currently leads the WCET Academic Integrity and Student Authentication Subcommittee on Proctoring Practices and Policies and takes this opportunity to share with […]

U.S. News on Their Rankings of Online Colleges: In Their Own Words

The developers of the US News and World Report’s Top Online Programs rankings invited WCET members to ask questions regarding the implementation, methodology, survey questions, and future plans.  We thank Bob Morse and Eric Brooks of U.S. News for extending […]

Competencies, Badges, and OER top Predictions for 2012

Thank you to everyone who participated in our call for elearning predictions for 2012.  We received quite a variety of opinions on what we can expect for the coming year. There seemed to be plenty of worries about what others […]

Black bars around the Internet

As you may have noticed, many sites around the web have gone black today to protest the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA – H.R. 3261) in the House and the Protect IP Act (PIPA – S.968) in the Senate. We […]

Reviewing US News Release of Honor Rolls of Online Education

The moment has arrived.  The ‘mother of all rankings,’ also known as the US News and World Report rankings, have birthed their newest baby where they list the “Top Online Programs.”  Rather than an overall institutional ranking they have created […]

WCET’s Top Six 2011 Elearning Predictions

In the first week of 2011, WCET’s Frontiers blog posted predictions solicited from leaders of our organization and leaders in community of technology-mediated education.  We asked them to predict something that will happen in 2011 about teaching, learning, technology, business […]

Learner Progress: Capturing the Adult Learner

Cali Morrison, Transparency by Design Project Director, brings to Frontiers the process by which the Transparency by Design initiative created the recently launched learner progress metrics available on its website College Choices for Adults. The Problem Transparency by Design (TbD) […]

Ignoring state authorization? How long can you tread water?

As part of our coverage of the state authorization issue, we at WCET have met several regulators charged with enforcing those rules.  We asked Alan Contreras, who recently retired from Oregon’s Office of Degree Authorization and is now a higher […]

Dispatch from Denver – Friday

Hello from the WCET Annual Conference – More fun and learning from Denver.  The temperatures outside warmed up  and so did the sessions inside.  Here are more thoughts, comments, and things we learned today… Mike Goldstein, from the Dow Lohnes […]

Dispatch from Denver – Thursday

Hello from the WCET Annual Conference – We are having fun with our friends here in Denver and wanted to share with you some of the thoughts, comments, and things we have learned thus far… On Monday we had record […]

Prepping for a Smackdown

Our guest post this week is by Ritchie Boyd, Academic Technology Specialist at Montana State University, long-time WCETer and one of the best Smackdown’ers from our inaugural Smackdown powered by Pecha Kucha (learn how to pronounce it here) at the […]

Learning Analytics Lessons from Moneyball

by Ellen Wagner, WCET Executive Director The recent release of the movie Moneyball has drawn attention to an idea that has also been top of mind at WCET in recent months: What might happen if we used advanced statistical methods […]

No ‘Deus Ex Machina’ on State Authorization

Ancient Greek playwrights would sometimes write themselves into a corner.  The intricate plot, which was so carefully developed through the initial acts, did not lend itself to an easy resolution in the finale. One answer was to let the gods […]

Learn. Do. Connect. Enjoy. In the Mile High City.

WCET’s 23rd Annual Conference is just around the corner.  The office is a buzz with the coordination of speakers, logistics, and details for the conference. I like many of you, am wondering if we lost a month of summer, because […]

To Enter the “Ranks” or Not…

At the end of July, I moderated a webcast for WCET with Bob Morse and Eric Brooks from US News and World Report regarding their forthcoming ranking of online education.  The purpose of the webcast was to answer the questions […]

What’s Ahead for Higher Education?

Adrian Sannier, vice president of product at Pearson eCollege, and Mark Sarver, CEO of EduKan, will be kicking off WCET”S 23rd Annual Conference, in Denver, CO on October 26-29.  The duo will present about the future of technology in higher […]

Further Clarification about Federal Complaint Process Requirement

We have received a lot of questions about the complaint process portion of the federal student complaint process regulation since Russ’s July 19 blog Federal Student Complaint Regulation- Clarifying Misconceptions. My sense is that some are panicking at the thought […]

State Authorization Updates on Reciprocity & Surveys

It’s suddenly the dog days of August.  Many people are on vacation and the beginning of a new school year is only weeks away for many institutions. Below are updates on several activities regarding the State Authorization regulations. Lumina/Gates State […]

Online Ed on the New Digital Shoreline

Roger McHaney is a long-time advocate of online learning and has participated in past WCET Conferences.  He is the Wiki-keeper for ELATEwiki and has recently written a book entitled ‘The New Digital Shoreline: How Web 2.0 and Millennials are Revolutionizing […]

Federal Student Complaint Regulation – Clarifying Misconceptions

In the hubbub over the ‘state authorization’ issue for distance education, we have not paid as much attention to another part of the regulations released last October.  Each institution must notify all current and prospective students of third-party complaint processes.  […]

Guest Blog: A Glimpse of the Future

Myk Garn, SREB, and Hae Okimoto, University of Hawaii, have been thinking up an exciting new addition to the WCET Annual Conference.  We asked them to share their idea with you. The future is relatively hard to predict.  But, future […]

Online Ed Needs to Be More Aggressive in the Quality Debate

Diane Goldsmith is the Executive Director of the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.  A long-time contributor to WCET activities, Diane is the current WCET Steering Committee Chair and serves on the WCET Executive Council. Maybe I’m just getting cranky, but I’m […]

Now is Not the Time to Relax (or Even to Panic)

Michael Goldstein and Greg Ferenbach represent Dow Lohnes, a Washington, DC firm with one of its specializations in higher education law.  They have been very helpful in interpreting the federal versions of the state authorization regulation.  After our post yesterday […]

State Authorization Timeline Clarification and New Resources

Before we get to some great resources from SHEEO, NCHEMS, Ohio Learning Network, and UMassOnlne, we’ll address a question we have received often.  Since the release of the second ‘Dear Colleague’ letter by the U.S. Department of Education, we have […]

WCET Awarded Bill & Melinda Gates Grant on Predictive Analytics

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded WCET (the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) a grant to identify variables that influence student retention and progression.  Announced in a May 16 press release, the findings are intended to assist institutional and […]

Learning Analytics – Discovering What Students REALLY Need to Succeed

“Learning Analytics” is a term used to describe an emerging professional practice that systematically applies statistics and research methods to large “n” data sets. Analysts look for patterns among the analyzed results that can inform more accountable decision-making.  It’s not […]

State Approval: SHEEO, NCHEMS, & NASASPS are Here to Help

The first two organizations will be working on a new list of state regulators and regulations. The last organization is comprised of state regulators, who met in Denver this week. It was interesting to get their take on the ‘state […]

State Approval: USDOE Issues Second ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter

Around 5:00 Eastern Time today (April 20), the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) released a new ‘Dear Colleague’ letter on the ‘state authorization’ regulation.  After a quick review, below are immediate thoughts on the new language. The USDOE is to […]

State Approval: “Cease & Desist” and “Teach Out”

“It is illegal for you to offer classes in this state.” Stay Outta My State That was the essence of a call that a WCET member institution received last week.  A state regulator from another state called the registrar’s office […]

State Approval: Rumors and Implications

Rumors There are rumors, hints, innuendos, and whispers floating around about the federal ‘state authorization’ regulation… A leader of a national organization (who had been in contact with the Department of Education on this issue) said that he thought there […]

State Approval: 16 USDOE Observations/Responses…In Their Own Words

On Monday, the Presidents’ Forum of Excelsior College held a meeting in Washington, DC addressing the “Federalization of Higher Education.”  Other topics arose, but the main focus of the discussion was on the ‘state authorization’ regulation. While I was on […]

State Approval: Train Wrecks, Impacts, & Questions

First a short musing on “train wrecks” followed by a couple requests of you.  We need your help on the impact of the ‘state authorization’ regulation on students and your outstanding questions about it. Speaking of Train Wrecks “Train Wreck.”   […]

State Approval: ‘Dear Colleague’ Letter Analyzed & My Call for Delay

The long-awaiting ‘Dear Colleague’ letter is now here.  The letter is meant to answer outstanding questions on this regulation.  Sometimes it succeeds and sometimes it fails. Eduardo Ochoa, Assistant Secretary for Postsecondary Education, reminds us that:  “this guidance is provided […]

State approval: House Hearing, Call to Action, Impacts, & Starter List

House to Investigate ‘State Authorization’ Tomorrow, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training will hold a hearing titled “Education Regulations: Federal Overreach into Academic Affairs.”  We’ve heard that ‘state authorization’ is one of the issues that they […]

State Approval: Running in Two Directions

As of today, there are 119 days remaining until July 1, when the ‘state authorization’ regulation takes effect.  With less than four months to go, we are forced to split our attention in two directions. The first direction is “advocacy.”  […]

State Approval: Updates, Cost to Comply, and Students

I have had many conversations on this issue in the past week.  As institutions begin (or have begun) enrollment for the summer term, this issue has become very real.  Students enrolling for courses beginning in June will be in courses […]

State Approval: Updates and a Suggestion to Call HELP

Happy Valentines Day. There has been much action on the “state authorization” issue over the last couple weeks.  In late 2010, I had several people assure me that this issue was “not a problem.”  It has been fun to watch […]

State Approval: Creating Model Reciprocal Agreements

I am pleased to welcome Paul Shiffman, Assistant Vice President for Strategic and Governmental Relations as a guest blogger. As reported in earlier blog postings, Excelsior College’s Presidents’ Forum is working on model reciprocal agreements to aid institutions in obtaining […]

Serving Adults at a Distance? Join Transparency by Design

We are happy to welcome Ed Klonoski, a long-time friend of WCET.  His guest posting invites you to take another look at Transparency by Design and its College Choices for Adults website. I am Ed Klonoski, President of Charter Oak […]

State Approval: A “Starter” List

The DRAFT version of our state-by-state list of regulatory agencies is now available on WCET’s state approval update page.  This document is a joint publication of WCET, the Southern Regional Education Board, the American Distance Education Consortium, and the University […]

State Approval: Eight Things You Can Be Doing Now

I’ve received several inquiries in the last few days about what institutions should do next.  Amanda Mead, Director of Online Program at Fontbonne University summed up the questions very well: I have been diligently following your blog, email updates, conference […]

Predictions and Hopes for Elearning in 2011

I thought it might be fun and informative to pose a challenge to several people whose opinions I respect.  I asked them to send me: “A prediction – something that you think will happen in 2011.  You can be as […]

State Approval Regulations: Update on Conversations and Activities

Okay, I have to confess that I created the title for the December 7 webcast “Clarifying New Federal Regulations on State Approval for Distance Education.”   I really appreciated the willingness of Fred Sellers from the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) […]

Challenges and a Solution for Training New Online Adjunct Faculty

Watch for more information about the regulations regarding state approval of distance education coming soon. Meanwhile, I am pleased to introduce this guest posting about developing online adjunct faculty. Faculty development for distance teachers has long been thought to be […]

What Do We Know about State Approval of Distance Ed?

The U.S. Department of Education recently released new regulations regarding the state approval of out-of-state institutions operating in each state.  These regulations put some expectations both on states in regulating those out-of-state institutions and the institutions in meeting the regulations […]

Feeling Nostalgic for #WCET10?

Want to share all the great things you saw with your colleagues back home? Look no further than our archives! View the General Session Presentations Thanks to our friends at Sonic Foundry, the conference general sessions will be available to […]

22nd Annual WCET Conference – Get Connected

WCET hosts its 22nd Annual Conference in La Jolla this week.  For those of you who wanted to be connected to what’s happening, you need to know: The MobileApp – A mobile app with the conference schedule, participant information, presentations, handouts, […]

Distance Ed Institutions May Need More State Approvals

The U.S. Department of Education may be requiring institutions that offer distance education courses to meet the state approval requirements for each state in which the institution enrolls students. This morning, I have been sifting through a new “Program Integrity […]

The Quality of Elearning — The Debate Goes On

The question about the quality of learning in technology-mediated instruction still lingers.  Regardless of the evidence provided (U.S. Department of Education’s meta-analysis, No Significant Difference studies)  about the quality of the outcomes, there are always detractors. At the same time […]

Shameless Plug for and Heartfelt Thanks to WCET

Original post from Ellen Wagner on her eLearning Roadtrip blog: As I have been immersing myself in the issues, politics and nuances of post-secondary educational online learning this past year, I have come to appreciate the role that a cooperative […]

The “Connected College”: Secrets to Improving Student Retention

Shannon Meadows is one of the co-leaders of WCET’s Student Retention Common Interest Group. We were pleased that she accepted our invitation to blog about successful campus strategies that  she has witnessed. Imagine a female community college student in an […]

Welcome to WCET’s New Frontiers Blog

It’s exciting that WCET is starting a new blog. There is so much that is interesting that is going on in the distance, online, and hybrid learning spheres that we need more ability to share with each other.  In the […]