Did Your Course Go Digital Due to COVID-19? Playbook Advises on Regulations When Making the Switch

The spring 2020 term saw an unprecedented response to an unprecedented challenge as virtually every U.S. higher education institution offering face-to-face instruction rapidly switched to remote instruction, many in as little as one to two weeks and some in a few days. Institutions struggled to resolve challenges ranging from the technological to the pedagogical to […]

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Exemplars in the Fight against Syndicate Cheating

Over the past two weeks, Frontiers has featured its series on academic integrity and cheating syndicates. The first post considered the spectrum of threats facing higher education and our students and the second looked at the practices cheating sites use to entice (and trap?) students. To finish up the series, I’m happy to welcome Shannon […]

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How Third-Party Cheating Sites Entice and Impact Students

Today is the 5th Annual International Day of Action Against Contract Cheating. We join with the International Center for Academic Integrity (ICAI) to participate and encourage other organizations, college’s and universities to sign up and participate in ICAI’s website. As we discussed last week, one of the priorities identified this year by WCET’s Steering Committee […]

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Respond Before They Fail – Implementing Our New Alert System

One of my favorite parts of my role here at WCET is learning about technology initiatives at colleges or universities, especially those that are not only helpful for students, but receive such rave reviews from faculty members and staff! That’s why I was thrilled when Dr. Ashley Nielsen, PhD, the Teaching Faculty & Title III […]

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Another Magical July 1 – Federal Regulations Now in Effect

July 1 is that magical day when Federal Regulations affecting institutions that participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs become effective for regulations that were released by the U.S. Department of Education by November 1 of last year. The purpose of this timing is for financial aid offices at institutions to have time to […]

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Surveys Highlight Student and Faculty Experiences with Remote Learning

Two new surveys show the reactions and resilience of students and faculty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic this spring. Overcoming conjecture and some bold (often unsupported) statements about the move to remote teaching, the survey results provide real insights into what happened. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the National Science Foundation […]

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Building Community for WCET

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Today I’m here to talk about community, specifically the technical way we at WCET are working to build a community for higher education professionals and how we plan to support that community. As the Community Manager for wcetMIX, our online community platform, it’s a major part of my job not only to understand the technical […]

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Update on Federal Regulations Impacting Distance Education During the Pandemic

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In Harold Ramis’ 1993 classic, Groundhog Day, Bill Murray portrays a television weatherman sent to cover Punxsutawney Phil on Groundhog Day who ends up repeating the day over and over again. At first, Murray’s character, Phil Connors, uses the time loop to his advantage—binge eating, having one night stands, committing robbery, and manipulating local residents […]

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Our Reflections on a Virtual Event – the 2020 WCET Policy Summit

Example of the Summit virtual platform. Shows two example discussion posts, the welcome video from the WCET executive director, and the summit logo.

The WCET team enjoys planning our two live events each year. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for our community to come together to network, discuss new ideas, learn from each other, and bring important promising practices back to our organizations. This year, in the “Age of COVID-19,” we were unable to host our […]

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Communicating About the Crisis – with Help from Cowboy Joe

A pony with a cover that says Cowboy Joe University of Wyoming, posing with two women in cowboy hats

Today’s installment of What’s Next comes from Katie Carroll, Assistant Director of Admissions from the University of Wyoming. Katie shares with us how Wyoming is using Cowboy Joe, the institution’s chatbot, to help students, faculty, and staff navigate many of the challenges resulting from the pandemic. As the need for answering questions and providing information […]

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