A Call to Celebrate Digital Learning Heroes…on Groundhog’s Day

For much of 2020, the pandemic had us trapped in Blursday…the nagging feeling of déjà vu that one day is very much like every other. If you’re like me, you probably expect to wake up each morning to “I’ve Got You Babe” playing on the radio as happened in the film Groundhog’s Day.

Even with the repetition, I experienced a nagging, aching feeling. There is something that not only have we not done every day, but we have barely done at all. What we have missed is that we have not properly celebrated the digital learning heroes who simply saved colleges from the pandemic. They were there when higher education and its students needed them.

Beginning last March and through the start of the current term, we have witnessed selfless acts dedicated to continuing learning. To achieve these heroic acts required faculty and staff to work endless hours and exhibit amazing creativity…all of this often in a very short window of time.

We all have heard (or are) of examples, such as:

  • Instructional designers trying to support many times the number of faculty they normally do.
  • Experienced online faculty mentoring their colleagues in how to succeed in a remote setting.
  • IT staff having to find computers and internet access for hundreds to thousands of students without proper access.
  • Student services personnel assuring that students had access to all the administrative, health, mental health, and financial support services that they needed.

In 2021, we should pause for a second to appreciate the miracle of what happened last year.

We Invite You to Honor Those Heroes and Share Their Stories During Groundhog’s Week.

We want to hear stories of WCET Members who went above and beyond to continue instruction and support services. By February 5th (the week of Groundhog’s Day), share with us….

A story of no more than 500 words describing the heroic actions of colleague or unit.

You may nominate an institution, an organization, a unit, a team, or an individual person. While we’d love to hear stories about how your dogs, cats, and other pets have supported you, they unfortunately won’t be eligible for the prizes below. Nominee must be a current WCET member.

Want to volunteer with your Cooperative? Please email us at wcetinfo@wiche.edu if you’d like to volunteer as a judge.

Winners will:

  • Receive a digital WOW Award to display electronically on your website.
  • Be featured in a post on WCET Frontiers.
  • Be showcased as a Digital Learning Hero in WCET’s community platform, wcetMIX.
  • Receive free registration for the 2021 WCET Annual Meeting for up to three staff members.

Please visit this page for more information and to complete the nomination form.

Thank you from all of us here at WCET.

Russ Poulin
Executive Director, WCET
rpoulin@wiche.edu    @russpoulin

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My name is Lindsey Rae Downs. I am the Assistant Director of Communications and Community for WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies. I work remotely from beautiful Helena, MT.

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