Tag: Managing Digital Learning

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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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Surveys Highlight Student and Faculty Experiences with Remote Learning

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 7/8/2020 | 0 comments

Two new surveys show the reactions and resilience of students and faculty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Overcoming conjecture and some bold (often unsupported) statements about the move to remote teaching, the survey results provide real insights into what happened. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation […]

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Avoiding a “Road to Nowhere:” What We Must Do This Fall

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 6/22/2020 | 1 comments

In 1985 The Talking Heads released “Road to Nowhere.” That song, and that metaphor, have been on my mind a lot lately as I think about where higher education is going in the fall and beyond. It’s all too clear that we are going somewhere, but I’m not sure that any of us are very […]

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Online Learning: Let Students Learn Where They Are

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 6/4/2020 | 3 comments

The COVID-19 pandemic forced colleges and universities to move their face-to-face courses to remote and online formats. Instructors heroically worked to ensure continuity of learning for their students. Considering this shift online, Mark Porcaro, the Executive Director of Online Learning at Wichita State University and WCET Steering Committee member, reflected that learning isn’t all about […]

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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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Licensing Certification and Dispersed Students, Oh My! 

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/30/2020 | 4 comments

Institutions have juggled many issues to maintain educational continuity during the pandemic. WCET has addressed accessibility, Veterans benefits, crisis coordination, Open Educational Resources, the U.S. Department of Education’s ability to exercise enforcement discretion for Title IV eligibility , and more! However, we must now address the issue of institutional management of state licensing board requirements […]

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Communicating About the Crisis – with Help from Cowboy Joe

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/28/2020 | 1 comments

Today’s installment of What’s Next comes from Katie Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions from the University of Wyoming. Katie shares with us how Wyoming is using Cowboy Joe, the institution’s chatbot, to help students, faculty, and staff navigate many of the challenges resulting from the pandemic. As the need for answering questions and providing information […]

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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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