Wisconsin’s Flexible Option: A System Approach to Competency-Based Education

In earlier Frontiers blog posts, we heard about developing competency-based programs at Northern Arizona University and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  WCET is also currently partnering with Mozilla, Blackboard, and Sage Road Solutions in offering a MOOC on badges as a new currency for professional education.  Continuing our interest in alternative credentialing developments, our […]

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Competency-Based Learning at Northern Arizona University (& New USDOE Rules)

We had planned this blog to run today, but did not know that the U.S. Department of Education would choose March 19 to release its new “Dear Colleague” letter on “Applying for Title IV Eligibility for Direct Assessment (Competency-Based) Programs.”  In the letter, the Department says: “This letter provides guidance to institutions that wish to have […]

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How the Course Catalog Killed Education

Dr. Christine Geith, Michigan State University, has been pioneering new approaches in higher education for more than 20 years using educational technology, online learning and entrepreneurial practices. Dr. Geith has experience in research, teaching, small business, internet start-ups, online and adult education, peer learning and open educational resources. She is an advisor to several educational […]

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The North American Network of Science Labs Online (NANSLO)

Today’s guest blog comes to us from our WICHE colleagues Pat Shea and Catherine Weldon who run an innovative program to bring sophisticated science into the virtual hands of online students. NANSLO represents an international collaborative partnership between postsecondary institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The collaboration will result in the development of online science […]

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House Votes to Repeal State Authorization (and Reciprocity Update)

Just when I was thinking that it was time for an update on state authorization regulations, the U.S. House of Representatives schedules a vote on the subject.  Wow!  Were they ever accommodating! What are next steps? What is the impact on state regulations? Why am I so out-of-step with the higher education community?  What are […]

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