Developing Future Leaders in Maryland Distance Education

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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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A Consortium Closes. Wondering Why? And Why I Will Miss It.

As recently as April, I cited the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) as a stellar example of institutions coming together to accomplish more in partnership than they could on their own. Shortly thereafter, it was announced that CTDLC is closing this summer. I’m very sad. As I did with the demise of the University of […]

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How a Technical Call Center Added Financial Aid Calls – and Thrived!

After 10 years of providing technical support for e-Learning solutions, the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium’s (CTDLC) Call Center was presented with an interesting opportunity.  The CFO of our parent organization, Charter Oak State College, approached us to ask whether we could help him with a data gathering project.  He wanted us to answer the phones […]

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Kentucky’s Commonwealth College – United We Stand

The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education has a great history of statewide elearning innovation, see Kentucky Virtual Campus, Kentucky Virtual Library, Kentucky Virtual Adult Education, and  Learn on Demand.  In a partnership among its colleges, they are increasing the capacity to assist with adult degree completion.  I was on that “national experts” panel that he […]

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Project DAVID — Strategic Reinvention in Liberal Arts Colleges

Many WCET members are involved in “reinvention” of their institutions and the change management that it implies. Project DAVID engaged leaders in liberal arts colleges in sharing their innovations. Thank you to Ann Hill Duin and Eric Childers for their work and for Ann in providing this guest blog post. Their ebook includes articles describing […]

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Seeking Your Input on Online Consortia and Online Community Colleges

State U Online: An Overview Last year, New America published State U Online, a report I wrote after over a year of research. The project, which was funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Lumina Foundation, was based upon the idea from our grant that, “Scaling [online education] is demonstrably possible in the […]

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CTDLC: Collaborating to Offer eTutoring

In this Frontiers blog, we welcome back the 2007 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award winning eTutoring program from the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.  A long running program by any standards, this WOW Award winner has continued to grow and improve over the past six years.  Speaking of WOW Awards, don’t forget to nominate your or […]

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USDOE Will Not Enforce Its Distance Ed State Authorization Regs, but Questions Remain

In a “Dear Colleague” letter issued on July 27, the U.S. Department of Education revealed that it will NOT enforce the controversial distance education provision of the state authorization regulations. To verify this news, Megan Raymond and I called Sophia McArdle of the U.S. Department of Education.  She is the new person responsible for interpreting […]

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