Tag: Online Learning

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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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New Report: Research Review of EdTech and Student Success for Racial and Ethnic Groups

Published by: Lindsey Downs | 5/17/2021 | 0 comments

WCET and the National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) announce today’s release of a new joint report: “Research Review: Educational Technologies and Their Impact on Student Success for Racial and Ethnic Groups of Interest.” Purpose The events of the past year highlighted the inequities faced by those who have traditionally not been […]

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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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Engage the Expert Network with Every Learner Everywhere

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/19/2021 | 0 comments

Providing and supporting education today requires instructors and practitioners to be highly knowledgeable, flexible, and adaptable, and to have a whole toolbox full of technology and teaching related skills. This is especially true now that they are teaching or supporting teaching in remote, online, or blended environments. These challenges are why I’m so thrilled about […]

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“60 Minutes” on Online Education – Reflections on a Story from 2001

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 2/18/2021 | 1 comments

So, how did the mass media view online education two decades ago? On February 18, 2001, the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes ran the segment “Online U,” which discussed the emergence of online offerings at the University of Phoenix and Duke University. Also interviewed were critics of these innovations and those challenging higher education to […]

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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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IPEDS Update: Department of Education’s Guidance on Reporting Distance Education Data

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 12/2/2020 | 0 comments

The U.S. Department of Education’s IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) provided guidance on how to report distance education activities during the pandemic. Whether on an emergency basis or planned for the safety of faculty and students, colleges and universities have adopted a variety of academic modality options. The Department’s explanations are welcomed help for […]

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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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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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Unprecedented Times Surprised Some Institution Staff with State Regulatory Compliance Requirements

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/10/2020 | 0 comments

These unprecedented times raised regulatory compliance challenges that may have surprised some institution personnel. However, some of these regulatory compliance challenges were not actually unprecedented. The COVID-19 pandemic induced institutions to shift from in-person to remote instruction. As a result, institutions closed campuses and served students who were, in some cases, located in a state […]

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