Category Archives: quality

The Military Advances on Credentialing and Quality Reviews: Pay Attention

Military personnel and veterans are eager to learn…and most of them do so using educational technologies and distance learning. Given that the United States has been involved in two wars for more than a decade, how do they defend the country and earn a degree in their spare time? Cheryl Dowd and I attended the […]

A New Year, a New Administration, a New Higher Education Act Reauthorization?

Earlier this year, Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska called this election a “dumpster fire.” We were reminded of this insight by Terry Hartle (Senior Vice President, Division of Government and Public Affairs of the American Council on Education) at last week’s Presidents’ Forum. Hoping to raise the level of dialogue beyond that surrounding a dumpster […]

Research on Distance Ed and Technological Advancements: An Update on DETA

What’s Been Up? The National Research Center for Distance Education and Technological Advancements (DETA) is wrapping up its second year of a national U.S. Department of Education funded effort to conduct rigorous research to identify key factors influencing student success in blended, online, and competency-based education. The DETA Research Toolkit was launched in 2015 intended […]

Questions about EQUIP, Ed Department’s Expansion of Aid to New Providers

On Tuesday, The U.S. Department of Education announced (Department press release, Wall Street Journal story) the eight partnerships that were selected in the EQUIP (Educational QUality through Innovative Partnerships) experimental sites program. The Department sought collaborations between accredited institutions that offer federal financial aid and newer providers who were previously not eligible to offer aid. […]

Reimagining Higher Education and the National Technology Plan

On the last day of June, the U.S. Department of Education hosted an invitation-only session on “Reimagining Higher Education.” I was very pleased to represent WCET members. Here are some of the top takeaways and notice that they are planning to include higher education in the national technology plan this year.  I’m asking for you […]

Call to Action: EVERYONE Should Respond to Teacher Prep Distance Ed Regs

If you have not paid attention to the proposed “Teacher Prep” regulations, it’s time to do so. Once again “distance education” is being treated differently by the U.S. Department of Education. Certainly, institutions with distance education programs that prepare students to become certified K-12 teachers should respond. In talks with Deborah Koolbeck (Director, Government Relations) […]

Instructional Designers: Instead of Saying “No” to Faculty, Let’s Say “Yes”

Instructional design has a problem.  I noticed it last summer when I was doing the conference circuit. We have run out of things to say.  Keynotes, which are supposed to rally the troops and get us fired up for the day, offer only platitudes.  Sessions are dull, lifeless. Birds of a Feather sessions never take flight. Instructional design […]

Teacher Prep Regulations and Distance Education: We’ll Soon Need Your Input

The U.S. Department of Education’s long-delayed “Teacher Prep” regulations look like they will soon be back in the limelight. In a subtle addition to the Department’s web page that tracks the progress of this proposed regulation, the following statement was recently added: “We have formally submitted a supplemental Notice of Proposed Rule Making to the […]

WCET, OLC, & UPCEA Partner on Higher Ed Act for the 21st Century Learner

WCET partners with the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) and the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) in creating a unified voice on pending federal regulations for today’s higher education students. By working together, we can have more impact on the process. We also avoid having competing priorities or contradictory recommendations. Today, we release a […]

Ensuring Quality in Alternative Higher Education: Quality Matters’ Perspectives

Today we learn with Deb Adair, Managing Director and Chief Planning Officer, Quality Matters and Julie Porosky Hamlin, Executive Director, MarylandOnline; Member, Quality Matters Board of Directors their perspective on quality assurance for alternative higher education.  Thank you Deb and Julie for lending your many years of experience in assuring the quality online education to the continuing discussion […]