Category Archives: badges

How Open Educational Resources Give Faculty and Students What They Want

Undergraduate costs are on the rise and student loan debt is a huge issue impacting today’s society. How can we, as higher education professionals, help limit the costs for students while also ensuring and promoting their success? This week we welcome Sandy King, Professor of Communications with the Anne Arundel Community College to discuss her […]

Edtech is a Human Experience: My First SXSWedu

Sometimes you have to start at the end to see the beginning more clearly.  On my {somewhat delayed} journey home from SXSWedu, our Mike Abbiatti posed the question, “if technology is all it’s cracked up to be, why do we spend so much time in airplanes and hotels?”   For me this is a simple answer. We’re […]

DEAC Announces Peer Review Process for Non-traditional Distance Ed Providers

How do students judge the quality of distance education courses?  The Distance Education Accrediting Commission’s (DEAC) new quality review process helps students to make that evaluation. Traditional colleges have accreditation. Accrediting agencies traditionally provide peer-review evaluations to (according to the U.S. Department of Education) “ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels […]

#WCET14: Ideas Blossomed in the City of Roses

November 19-21, 2014 seasoned WCET’ers and new comers to our community gathered in Portland, OR (known the City of Roses) to exchange ideas and learn together.  Invigorated by the conversations and fueled by amazing epicurean adventures, the tenor of the meeting was electric.  Whether you were able to be with us in person or just joined […]

Glimpse into WCET Leadership Summit: Designing Alternative Pathways to Credentials

May 7th & 8th, 2014 Salt Lake City was again host to a bevy of WCET’ers, gathered to discuss how we in higher education can adopt, adapt and administer high quality credentials in new ways utilizing tools like competency based education, badges and prior learning assessment. What follows are highlights of the agenda, however, recordings […]

Predictions from 2013: MOOCs and Competency-based Education Top Pick

January 7, 2014 In January of last year we asked you to: “Predict something that will happen this year regarding teaching, learning, technology, business of e-learning, policy, regulations, student behavior, or other related items.” Given that broad request, it is not surprising that we received prognostications that were all over the map. Some were quite […]

WCET Video Interview: Anne Derryberry

Over the past two years, we at WCET have had the pleasure of working with Anne Derryberry on several game and badge related initiatives. In late summer 2012 we commenced WCET’s Who’s Got Class? which was designed and game-mastered by Anne.  This multi-player learning game was designed to give WCET members and friends a fun, light-hearted […]

Badges, Credits and Accreditation

Alternative credentials are a hot topic in higher education – from the new direct assessment competency based programs to badges to certify competency.  Today, Anne Derryberry of Sage Road Solutions, LLC, shares with us the current thinking around how badges will play in with credits and accreditation.  Thanks, Anne for sharing your knowledge with us […]

Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials

Today we welcome guest blogger, Dr. Deborah Everhart, Director of Integration Strategy at Blackboard, our partner in the upcoming MOOC, Badges: New Currency for Professional Credentials which starts Sept. 9th.  Deborah shares with us the tipping point for badges and how you can be a part of the solution for helping support new systems of […]

Do you have CLASS?

Game-based learning, gamification and badges are gathering steam across higher education as forms of student engagement and alternative credentialing.  As your cooperative, WCET designed our authentic experience of badges and game-based learning to give our members and friends a way to hands-on wtih these educational practices, not just read about them. “Who’s Got Class?” launched […]