Assessing Soft Skills is Hard Work: One College’s Approach to Achieving Equitable Learning Outcomes

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Each year I am so happy to coordinate the WCET Awards initiative, through which our cooperative honors institutions and individuals for exciting work in technology-enhanced learning. One of my favorite aspects of this initiative is working with our WOW Awards. The WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards honor member institutions and organizations that develop technology-based solutions […]

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Real Talk: What is Your Employability Strategy?

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In just a few short weeks WCET will convene this year’s Annual Meeting in beautiful Denver, CO. This year’s meeting promises to be full of outstanding sessions and great networking opportunities. One of the sessions will be offered by one of our sponsors, Cengage: “Transforming Students to Employees – Highlights of the Most In-Demand Employability […]

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Blockchain in Higher Education: Are we on the Cusp of Transformation or Still Gathering Information?

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Blockchain? In higher ed? Maybe? Yes? No? We had so many questions about this trending topic, so, we found some experts and asked them about it. Today, Megan Raymond, WCET’s Director of Programs and Sponsorship, is here to discuss her interview with three higher education experts about blockchain and the opportunity for this technology in […]

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Show me the money: Shifting legislative conversations about the cost of distance education

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Online education can often be polarizing—some advocates champion it as higher education’s savior, bringing access and affordability to students across the globe. Others see it as the modern equivalent of a Trojan horse come to assault the quality of higher education. Questions of the quality of online education aside, one of the biggest lightening rods […]

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California to Open a New Community College and Progress at the Other 114

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If you could start completely from scratch, how would you design an institution of higher education? The California Community College System plans to open its 115th institution in October. And it is an interesting answer to that question. Based upon their published materials and a presentation to Online Teaching Conference in June, Calbright College, which […]

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Meet AURS — Your Go-To Resource for Addressing Accessibility Challenges

Accessibility is not only one of the main areas of focus for WCET, but a consistent issue and opportunity for higher education institutions. In order to support faculty, instructional designers, and others who work in the area, Quality Matters, a WCET member, created a new resource site for educators to get information on how to […]

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Creating Videos to Explore Open Education

A flowchart for the video creation workflow. 1. Reflect, think about what you wnat to say and what you want your audience to learn. 2. script: draft and refine the script for your video. add explicit pauses in the script to break up topics. 3. record: record your audio/video. Expect this process to require multiple taks. 4. Create: create visuals for your video. If you recorded live video, create graphics and end screens. 5. Edit your audio, sync audio and visual cures, and add openly licensed background music. 6. Export: export your finished video, review for quality, and tweak export settings for the best results. 7. Upload: upload your video to youtube, vimeo, or your preferred space for sharing content. 8. Finish: add a video description, captions, CC license, citations for related works, and additional metadata.

Welcome today to Abbey Elder, the Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian for Iowa State University, who is here to discuss the development of a series of videos about open education. Abbey’s post today provides a wonderful outline for how you could create your very own series of educational videos, including an open access flowchart […]

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From Policy to Compliance: What do Faculty Need to Develop Accessible Course Content?

Geographic distribution of the responses. Note higher concentration of responses in the eastern United States.

Accessibility of college and university materials and services is an important topic for all those involved in education today. Higher Education institutions are working to develop policies and guidelines for ensuring accessible content for all learners. Do such policies result in more accessible digital environments? How can institutions help support faculty to develop more accessible […]

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Building a Network for Curation – the #femedtech movement

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As a women working in edtech, open education, and higher education, the #femedtech network has provided hope, joy, and encouragement for me and many others working within the space. Although Maren and I have never met in person, I am a Twitter friend and I invited her to write a WCET blog post exploring the […]

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An Introspective Look at WCET’s Own Accessibility Practices, Part II

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Last week, I began to explain what WCET is doing – and potential areas of improvement – about web accessibility, based on different disabilities and barriers that people with those disabilities may encounter as described by The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Check out my first post for background information on what led me to […]

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