Distance Ed Growth – Access is a Big Motivator, But It’s Complicated

Graph of answers to question "growth in stduents studying completely at a distance." Expense of F2F enrollments (33.3%), does not affect F2F enrollments as distance students do not come to campus (45.8%), is primarily focused on + funding over serving new students (19.3%), is primarily focused on serving new students over + funding (27.1%), is leading to more blended/hybrid options (64.6%)

Distance education enrollment data continue to show growth. But, we wondered why. Is the motivation to serve more students, to make money, both, neither, or a complex set of other issues? We had heard many theories, often delivered with absolute certainty, but little proof. One of the reasons I wanted to ask these questions was […]

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North Dakota Open Educational Resources Initiative: A System-wide Success Story

Overview The North Dakota University System Open Educational Resources Initiative is a 3-phased plan hinging upon a unique collaboration among the North Dakota legislature, the University System Office, and the faculty at public institutions across the state. At the intersection of these three entities are change leaders who have come together for a common goal […]

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What Colleges Should Be Doing with Open Educational Resources, At Scale!

Today we’re honored to welcome TJ Bliss, Program Officer, Education at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to share with us the learning the Foundation has garnered in over 15 years of supporting open educational resource projects.  Thank you, TJ for sharing how to scale OER with your cooperative! The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation […]

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Help Guide the Conversation about the Price and Cost of Distance Courses

We need your help in providing data – WCET is currently conducting a survey on the price and cost of distance education. But before we get to the survey completion plea, some background… How Are You Saving Money Using Technology? In the ancient days of distance education, back before online courses, I ran a two-way […]

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Embedded Digital Resources Are In, Traditional Textbooks Are Out At UMUC

During the 2015 WCET Annual Meeting, The University of Maryland University College (UMUC) received a WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award for their work in replacing all of their undergraduate course textbooks with Open Educational Resources.  Thank you to the team at UMUC for sharing the process they undertook to make this transition a reality to […]

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Connecting the Dots

Today we welcome our new WCET executive director, Michael D. Abbiatti, to his first post on Frontiers.  Many of you know Mike from his years of active participation as a member of WCET.  We invite you to take a moment and read about the policy and practice challenges and opportunities he sees for WCET in […]

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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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