Tag: Distance Education


Stories from the Educational Underground – WCET Interviews Peter Smith

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 10/27/2021 | 0 comments

“Learning happens everywhere. Somehow, we have to figure out how to recognize that learning.” That was one of the closing thoughts that stuck with me when I sat in on an interview between WCET’s Executive Director, Russ Poulin, and the inspiring Peter Smith late last month. The interview centered on Peter’s newest book on higher […]


The Bigger Shift: Student ROI for higher education…and the role of digital learning

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 9/29/2021 | 0 comments

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 loomed larger during the pandemic. They will continue to haunt us moving forward. The WCET […]

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Don’t Lick Any Doorknobs and Roll Tide – Virtual Bama Bound and Shifting Operations

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 9/14/2021 | 0 comments

Today we continue our celebration of 2021 WOW awardees with a post from Rachel S. Thompson, Director, Center for Instructional Technology Office of Information Technology with The University of Alabama. When the higher education world moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Alabama’s ITAS and CIT teams collaborated to shift their student orientation online, and […]

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From -A to -S: One University’s approach to designing audience-minded, context-driven online course development frameworks

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 9/1/2021 | 0 comments

Today we begin one of my favorite parts of the year – and no, it’s not pumpkin spice season (although that is up there…), it’s WOW celebration season! For the next several weeks, WCET Frontiers will feature blog post authors from our 2021 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award Winners. This year we took a slightly […]


Regular and Substantive Interaction Refresh: Reviewing & Sharing Our Best Interpretation of Current Guidance and Requirements

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 8/26/2021 | 0 comments

On July 1, 2021, the Department of Education released the final set of proposed regulations stemming from the 2019 Negotiated Rulemaking process (the Distance Education and Innovation Regulations). As part of these regulations, the definition of “distance education” in Chapter 34, §600.2 was updated, including specifically defining the critical terms: instructor, regular, and substantive.   […]

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Institutional Compliance by August 1, 2021 – When Serving Students Receiving Veterans Benefits

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 7/21/2021 | 0 comments

Institutions that offer programs to students who utilize Veterans Benefits must be aware of institutional compliance requirements that are to be observed by August 1, 2021. Our colleague Leah Matthews, Executive Director and CEO, Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), joins me today to explain what the law is and to highlight several sections institutions that […]

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Credential Transparency and Informed Decision-Making in Indiana

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 7/16/2021 | 0 comments

We, at WCET, often hear how institutions and state systems are being pushed by state leaders to be more attentive to state workforce needs. We also hear about the innovations that are happening in the many types of postsecondary credentials that are now available. We are pleased to have as our guest, our friend, Ken […]

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One Year Anniversary of the Federal Regulations for Professional Licensure Notifications – How are you Celebrating?

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 7/1/2021 | 0 comments

Maybe it is a little cheeky to say celebrating, but we are all on this crazy journey together to manage these institutional requirements. The federal regulations require notifications in order for institutions to participate in Title IV HEA programs, and SARA closely aligned their requirements to the Federal regulations for SARA participating institutions to address […]

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Department of Ed Change May Result in More Institutions Needing Distance Education Approvals from Accrediting Agencies

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 6/18/2021 | 0 comments

We are just now figuring out that both accrediting agencies and institutions may have more work ahead of them in meeting federal requirements regarding oversight of distance learning programs. Sometimes at first look, we don’t fully comprehend the impact that a change in regulation or Department of Education (the Department) guidance might have out in […]

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Comment Period Open for “21st Century Guidelines for Distance Education”

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 6/3/2021 | 0 comments

NC-SARA has opened a two month opportunity for SARA state members, SARA participating institutions, and members of the public to submit comments regarding the 21st Century Guidelines from June 2, 2021 through August 2, 2021. Institutions that obtain state institutional approval through reciprocity for their out-of-state distance education related activities by participating in SARA (State […]


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