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Thoughts on the Next Frontier of Higher Ed Digital Learning, Delivery Modalities, and WCET Summit 2021

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 5/7/2021 | 0 comments

This month WCET wrapped its two-part epic mini-series Practical Considerations for an Uncertain Future. Both sessions were filled with, as our Executive Director put it, never-ending and only slightly miserable chess/Queen’s Gambit, Star Wars, and Star Trek references plus amazing sessions and discussions with the superstars of digital learning in higher education. Episode 1 – […]

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

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 3/19/2021 | 0 comments

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 past. The solution, according to Kim, is reading John R. Thelin’s seminal A History of American Higher Education, 3rd edition. As a historian I have long […]

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Higher Ed Expert’s Predictions for 2021

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/5/2021 | 3 comments

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 higher education practitioners predict for digital learning and higher education in 2021. We are even […]

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An Equation at the Heart of Equity in Higher Education

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/9/2020 | 0 comments

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 services that personalize instruction for students in blended and online learning environments. Recently, Every Learner […]

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Working Toward Equity in Online Education

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/1/2020 | 0 comments

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 time we admit it. Many of our students, especially some of our most vulnerable students, […]

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Leading in a Time of Crisis

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 9/4/2020 | 0 comments

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 first post in this series focused on self-care for us as individuals. You can check […]

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Self-care in a Time of Crisis

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 8/14/2020 | 3 comments

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 that option, but stressed each day when it comes to parenting (read chasing after) a […]

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Update on Federal Regulations Impacting Distance Education During the Pandemic

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 5/22/2020 | 0 comments

In Harold Ramis’ 1993 classic, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray portrays a television weatherman sent to cover Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day who ends up repeating the day over and over again. At first, Murray’s character, Phil Connors, uses the time loop to his advantage—binge eating, having one night stands, committing robbery, and manipulating local residents […]

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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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