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Institutional Accreditation in the Midst of COVID-19

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 11/6/2020 | 0 comments

In response to the pandemic, accrediting agencies acted creatively in applying their quality assurance processes in an uncertain and changing world. Today’s guest post provides insights about how one accrediting agency (the Higher Learning Commission) responded to this challenge and their view of the future. We requested this article because we openly wondered when accrediting […]

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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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Why Continue to Teach Online? Interview Results from Experienced Online Instructors

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 9/24/2020 | 1 comments

To teach online… or not to teach online… Well, that doesn’t seem to be the question today, during a time when social distancing is important for the safety of our students and ourselves. Online and hybrid course options seem to be the safest options to provide education. Many instructors have taught online for quite a […]

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The Landscape of OER Policy and Practice in Texas

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 12/19/2019 | 0 comments

Welcome to Judith Sebesta, Executive Director of the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas (DigiTex), who joins us with an update on the strategic planning process for the former Virtual College of Texas and to tell us about this year’s survey by DigiTex on Open Educational Resources (OER). Judith provides an overview of the survey […]

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Using a Research-Based Approach – It’s Up to Us

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 12/4/2019 | 1 comments

Today we welcome Andria Schwegler, Associate Professor and Program Coordinator for the Master of Science Educational Psychology at Texas A&M University – Central Texas. Andria joins us to discuss the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and the opportunity such scholarship provides for improving education, teaching, and hiring. In addition, she discusses whether there is […]

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Meet AURS — Your Go-To Resource for Addressing Accessibility Challenges

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 9/27/2019 | 3 comments

Accessibility is not only one of the main areas of focus for WCET, but a consistent issue and opportunity for higher education institutions. In order to support faculty, instructional designers, and others who work in the area, Quality Matters, a WCET member, created a new resource site for educators to get information on how to […]

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Building a Network for Curation – the #femedtech movement

Published by: Lindsey Rae Downs | 8/22/2019 | 1 comments

As a women working in edtech, open education, and higher education, the #femedtech network has provided hope, joy, and encouragement for me and many others working within the space. Although Maren and I have never met in person, I am a Twitter friend and I invited her to write a WCET blog post exploring the […]

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Announcing 10 Tips for Report Writers

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 4/3/2019 | 0 comments

In this blog, we welcome Mary Ellen Dello Stritto and Kathryn Linder from the Oregon State University Ecampus Research Unit as they introduce a companion resource: 10 Tips for Report Writers. This new resource was thoughtfully developed to assist practitioners and researchers in the field. Like the Report Reader Checklist, this resource serves as a […]

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Tracking enrollments in online and distance education in Canada: 2018

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 3/26/2019 | 1 comments

WCET plays an integral role in advising the Canadian National Survey of Online and Distance Education. This is the second year of the survey and the following blog contains the most recent results. Thanks Tricia Donovan! –Erin Walton, contract editor for WCET In Canada, about one in twelve (8%) of all courses are taught online. […]

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Let the DATA drive: Washington community & technical college’s journey to establish OER and Low-Cost codes

Published by: Erin Noelle Walton | 3/21/2019 | 0 comments

In this blog, Mark Jenkins and Boyoung Chae detail the vital benefits of using a data-driven approach in OER initiatives to promote affordability and student success for Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges. Their approach helped to meet two important goals: Meet students’ needs for learning which courses use free or “low-cost” resources, which aids them […]

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