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Leveraging Regional Partnerships for a State-wide OER Community

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 3/3/2021 | 1 comments

Happy Open Education Week! What can be accomplished when we all work together for educational equity? This week’s blog post by Jenny Parks and Regina Gong answers that question (Hint: the answer is going to blow your mind and make you want to get involved). Working with Jenny and Regina to scale open educational resources […]

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Financial Aid Basics

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/19/2020 | 0 comments

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 regulations, resources to understand them, and recommendations on how to comply. Today, […]

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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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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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Fall and Beyond: Higher Education in the Age of COVID-19 and Other Disasters

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 5/8/2020 | 1 comments

Even before the COVID-19 global pandemic, higher education was struggling to make sense of what David La Piana and Melissa Mendes call a VUCA world in The Nonprofit Strategy Revolution: Real-Time Strategic Planning in a Rapid-Response World. Originally coined by the US military to describe a post-Cold War world, VUCA stands for: Volatile– The world […]

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Promising Practices for Navigating “What’s Next”

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/23/2020 | 1 comments

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 enforcement by the Department of Education? WCET helped us navigate around those icebergs. The Coronavirus […]

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What’s Next? Surviving in Lifeboats. Getting to Summer Term and Beyond.

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/8/2020 | 3 comments

This week WCET is starting a new series of blog posts on what distance education leaders should be thinking about as we move past the initial pivot to remote learning. The series, “What’s Next?” will focus on a variety of topics aimed at helping you prepare for the summer term and beyond. Many of these […]

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Three Keys to Opening the Door for OER

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/6/2019 | 0 comments

Today marks our 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 initiatives this year: the Colorado Department of Higher Education’s OER Council, Granite State College, […]

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Blockchain in Higher Education: Are we on the Cusp of Transformation or Still Gathering Information?

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/10/2019 | 1 comments

Blockchain? In higher ed? Maybe? Yes? No? We had so many questions about this trending topic, so, we found some experts and asked them about it. Today, Megan Raymond, WCET’s Director of Programs and Sponsorship, is here to discuss her interview with three higher education experts about blockchain and the opportunity for this technology in […]

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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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