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Accreditation, Quality, and Changes in Digital Learning

Published by: ewalton | 5/17/2022 | 0 comments

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 WCET Annual Meeting (October 19-21 in Denver), this post features the thoughts of the leaders […]

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The “New Normal” and Reflections on Accessibility

Published by: WCET Frontiers | 4/7/2022 | 0 comments

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 in the series that will be featured at the start of each month. Enjoy her […]

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

Published by: ewalton | 12/1/2021 | 0 comments

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 can assist faculty, instructional designers, departments, and institutions by helping them plan, design, and refresh […]

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Enhancing Quality in Digital Learning

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 9/9/2021 | 0 comments

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 next up we’ll focus on the ROI of digital learning. Today we’re highlighting to work […]

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“60 Minutes” on Online Education – Reflections on a Story from 2001

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/18/2021 | 1 comments

So, how did the mass media view online education two decades ago? On February 18, 2001, the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes ran the segment “Online U,” which discussed the emergence of online offerings at the University of Phoenix and Duke University. Also interviewed were critics of these innovations and those challenging higher education to […]

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Institutional Accreditation in the Midst of COVID-19

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/6/2020 | 0 comments

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 their view of the future. We requested this article because we openly wondered when accrediting […]

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It is Time to Improve Higher Education Transfer

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/28/2020 | 1 comments

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 their call and welcome Anna Galas who highlights a fantastic WICHE initiative that is addressing […]

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How Third-Party Cheating Sites Entice and Impact Students

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/21/2020 | 1 comments

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 we discussed last week, one of the priorities identified this year by WCET’s Steering Committee […]

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A Road to Somewhere

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 7/31/2020 | 0 comments

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 consider what this journey may look like for the next several months. So where are […]

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Show me the money: Shifting legislative conversations about the cost of distance education

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/4/2019 | 0 comments

Online education can often be polarizing—some advocates champion it as higher education’s savior, bringing access and affordability to students across the globe. Others see it as the modern equivalent of a Trojan horse come to assault the quality of higher education. Questions of the quality of online education aside, one of the biggest lightening rods […]

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