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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 […]

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Distributed Leadership Can Help with Recovery After the Pandemic

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 6/25/2021 | 0 comments

Today I am happy to welcome Vickie Cook with the University of Illinois Springfield, who joins us to discuss recent study undertaken on distributed leadership models and the experiences of using such models in our daily educational work. Thank you Vickie for sharing more about this leadership model and your experiences with this approach! Enjoy […]

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Recapping the 2020 Election: What Higher Education Can Expect

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/13/2020 | 0 comments

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 students to follow the same track,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has presided over a […]

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Did Your Course Go Digital Due to COVID-19? Playbook Advises on Regulations When Making the Switch

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/4/2020 | 0 comments

The spring 2020 term saw an unprecedented response to an unprecedented challenge as virtually every U.S. higher education institution offering face-to-face instruction rapidly switched to remote instruction, many in as little as one to two weeks and some in a few days. Institutions struggled to resolve challenges ranging from the technological to the pedagogical to […]

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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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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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Considering the Future, Now! 

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/21/2020 | 0 comments

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 and state leaders and our federal governments are discussing what it will take to start […]

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Leadership Observations/Lessons from the Current Crisis – Pause, Breathe, Think

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 3/26/2020 | 1 comments

The Little Dutch Boy is the tale of a boy who finds a hole in the dike and saves the town by plugging it with his finger. Given the current massive scale of the transitioning courses into #KeepTeaching modes, all higher education professionals are understanding that story, except it sometimes feels like we do not […]

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Accreditation, Continuity of Operations, and COVID-19

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 3/12/2020 | 2 comments

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 of the morning of March 12th, a growing number of institutions, especially those on the […]

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Happy New Year From WCET: A Member-Driven Agenda for 2019

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 1/9/2019 | 0 comments

Hello and welcome to a whole new year of WCET Frontiers blog posts! Today we’re joined by the Chairs of the WCET Leadership groups as well as our Executive Director for a welcome to 2019 and a discussion of WCET’s agenda and initatives for the year. Specifically, we’d like to call attention to an important […]

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