Tag: Quality

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Congratulations! You are a Best Ranked School! But…

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 1/16/2019 | 3 comments

In the media and in communications to your PR staff, there will be lots of hype this week about ranking online programs. In the past, we have been critical of such rankings on the basis of the quality of their methodology and we let them respond to questions from WCET members. Subsequent discussions produced mixed […]

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OSCQR Institution Showcase

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 10/4/2018 | 0 comments

Each week leading up to this year’s WCET Annual Meeting (October 23 – 25), WCET Frontiers will be featuring a post from one of our 2018 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award recipients. This week we are excited to hear more about the OPEN SUNY Online Course Quality Review Rubric or “OSCQR.” Alexandra Pickett, the Director […]

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Promising Practices and the Future of Dual Enrollment

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 8/23/2018 | 0 comments

In our last dual enrollment post, we discussed the various types of dual enrollment courses, impact of these courses, who’s taking and offering these courses, and the pros and cons of dual enrollment. This week we’re looking at some promising practices suggested by experts in the field, how technology impacts these types of courses, what […]

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Developing Future Leaders in Maryland Distance Education

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 8/16/2018 | 0 comments

As a new generation of distance education leaders emerges, it is incumbent on all of us to help these future leaders develop their leadership skills. The MarylandOnline consortium has taken great steps to ensure the success of future leaders through its new Leadership Institute. Thank you to Doug Gray and Jessica Young for sharing their […]

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An Update on Dual and Concurrent Enrollment

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 8/9/2018 | 2 comments

Many conversations in Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee meeting on the reauthorization of the Higher Ed Act focused on dual or concurrent enrollment. Concurrent enrollment was also in the news in the past few years when The Higher Learning Commission clarified that instructors of dual-credit courses (within the HLC’s region) are required to […]

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A DETA Update

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 7/26/2018 | 0 comments

It’s a DETA Update! Today we welcome Tanya Joosten, Director of Digital Learning Research and Development and Co-Director, National Research Center for Distance Education (DETA) and Technological Advancements at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to give us an update on DETA. DETA was established with funding from the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement […]

the OSCQR logo: A large blue cirlce holds a white checkmark. A ribbon near the bottom of the logo has a star, the letters OSCQR, followed by another star.

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My online course quality rubric has a first name. It’s O-S-C-Q-R!

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 7/19/2018 | 2 comments

Today on WCET Frontiers, we welcome Alexandra Pickett, the Director of Open SUNY Online Teaching, to talk with us about the development of the online course design rubric OSCQR. This rubric was developed to help faculty improve the quality and accessibility of their online courses. She also reviews the components of the rubric and the […]

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Rio Salado: Innovation Pushes the Boundaries of Tradition

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 5/3/2018 | 1 comments

Today here on WCET Frontiers we are happy to welcome Stacey VanderHeiden Güney, the Director of the Digital Learning Solution Network. Stacey is here to discuss a recent study on higher education institutions implementing digital learning and follow-up conversations regarding one of the institutions included in the study.  Thank you to Stacey for today’s post […]

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Opening a New Path to Success – A Journey with Open Textbooks

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/26/2018 | 1 comments

Z Degrees (Zero-Textbook Cost Degrees) are what many consider the holy grail of Open Educational Resources (OER) accomplishments. Today’s guest blogger, Tanya Grosz, Ph. D., Dean of Graduate, Online & Adult Learning, led the open initiative at the University of Northwestern St. Paul—the first institution in Minnesota to create a Z Degree. Tanya and I […]

The Graduation Rate likely did not count 68.8% of community college students in Colorado. That’s almost 15,000 students. They are included in the new Outcome Measures.

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Count All Students! Outcome Measures for Non-Traditional Institutions

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 4/12/2018 | 1 comments

Should we count all students when analyzing higher education, or only some of them? It’s not surprising that when you include all students, you get different results from that analysis than when you don’t. We think all students should be included. As reported in our last blog post (“Count All Students! New Outcome Measures Now […]

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