The 28th WCET Annual Meeting was my first WCET Annual Meeting. Actually, since I had only started my new position with WCET a few, tender weeks prior to heading Minneapolis, it was one of my first WCET experiences! And, it was a wonderful one. The WCET Annual Meeting was filled with outstanding networking and learning opportunities, and I received the greatest welcome to my new role that a girl could possibly ask for. I was sad when the event ended. But today, I’m excited to welcome Megan Raymond, WCET’s Assistant Director, Programs and Sponsorship, to get us pumped for the 29th meeting of WCET! The Call for Proposals is out, and the meeting has a whole new look and focus. I hope you will submit to present at this year’s meeting and I’m excited to see you all there!
Take it away Megan!
Enjoy the read,
Technology-enhanced learning is integral to education whether the course is online, hybrid, or face-to-face. The tools students are accustomed to using, whether they are traditional or adult learners, can support and increase learning and comprehension. Gone are the days of technology being used to deliver correspondence courses. Higher education institutions have embraced to varying degrees, technology in support of delivery, retention, completion, and overall access and success.
WCET, the leaders in the practice, policy, and advocacy of technology-enhanced learning, brings together innovative higher education and technology leaders who are improving the quality and access to postsecondary education during the fall Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting is Evolving with Several New Ways to Interact and Learn
This year, WCET’s 29th annual event in Denver, October 25-27, has evolved much in the way education has. The program will include some sage on the stage presentations showcasing proven practices and lessons learned. Many of the sessions will be more experienced-based where attendees will collaborate on solutions, discuss challenges, and demo emerging technologies. Additionally, many concurrent sessions will be “no PowerPoint Zones” where visuals are encouraged but participants can avoid bulleted list and charts displayed on a screen.
Higher education is filled with experts entrenched in best practices who are eager to share their scalable solutions. But often there are stories of the best laid plans for new initiatives that held so much promise but failed. WCET plans to share these stories from the brave souls willing to discuss the lessons they learned during a failed attempt spotlight. Much can be discovered from the bruises and scars from those that have tried, failed, learned, and moved on to the next initiative.
The program will also include several loosely organized ‘unconference’ topics. Unconference topics are attendee driven discussions facilitated by a leader. Often some of the most meaningful conversations that take place during a conference are in the hallways or over lunch. The unconference sessions build on these organic conversations and help expand participant’s networks and knowledge.
Come Join Us, Submit a Proposal
WCET is excited about these new program elements and hope the community is inspired to help build an engaging, high-quality, and unique program. Share your ideas for using technology to advance effective learning by submitting a proposal for the WCET Annual Meeting. WCET members and non-members are encouraged to submit.
Some topics of interest for 2017:
- Emerging technologies: Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, simulations, Open Educational Resources, etc.
- Institutional success: scalable models, innovative collaborations, managing compliance, student authentication and proctoring, vendor partnerships, supporting faculty for 21st century teaching, next generation analytics decision-making.
- New models: including CBE, personalized learning, learning design, adaptive learning, alternative credentials, pilots, lessons learned, good practices, etc.
- Student perspectives: sessions which include student perspectives are highly encouraged whether in person or virtual.
- Student success: how edtech can enhance access, inclusion, retention, and completion. Creative institution/workforce partnerships, real-world learning outside the classroom.
- Policies and regulations impacting students learning with technology: accreditation, financial aid, student identity verification, military students, state authorization.
- Failed attempt spotlight: Attendees learn as much, if not more, from failed attempts. Share your experiences and lessons learned. We tried it, we failed, and here is what we learned.
View the call for proposal site for full details. Submit by May 4th.
Assistant Director, Programs and Sponsorship
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET)