Keeping Accessibility in Mind During the COVID-19 Conversion of Courses

quote from text in an image: It is much, much harder to retrofit accessibility onto existing educational materials than it is to get it right the first time.

We welcome today’s guest post from Cyndi Rowland, Executive Director of WebAIM (at Utah State University) which empowers organizations to make their web content accessible to people with disabilities. Cyndi gives us great and compassionate advice for teachers and faculty suddenly thrust into teaching with technologies. Thank you for sharing your wisdom, Cyndi! — Russ […]

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GI Bill Guidance Provides Some Relief and Real Challenges for Veteran Students

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***Updated 3/17/2020 2:50 PM MT time*** We are pleased to share that although the guidance we referenced in the article below was provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) on March 13, 2020, the VA rescinded this guidance. Senate Bill, S.3503, was introduced on March 16, 2020 and passed the same night. It is anticipated that […]

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Sneak Peek at This Year’s WCET Summit

banner for the wcet 2020 summit reads: WCET Policy Summit, the 2020 view of federal regulations and the potential impact on higher education practice. April 15-16, 2020 Largo MD

Don’t you just love it when we come up with new things? Today I’m here to tell you about our new format for our annual WCET Summit! That’s right, this year our WCET Summit is not only EARLIER in the year, in a different LOCATION, but it’s also got a shiny new FOCUS! WCET has […]

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Continuing Our Regulatory Odyssey: Final Accreditation Regulations

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Earlier this year, the Department of Education engaged in negotiated rulemaking around several issues including state authorization and reciprocity, accreditation, distance education and innovation, regular and substantive interaction, competency-based education (CBE), TEACH grants, and faith-based institutions. Despite all odds and expectations, negotiators reached consensus on a comprehensive set of proposed regulations. In July of 2019, […]

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Hybrid Classes for Veteran Students – Cheers to the VA!

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Two previous WCET Frontiers posts (post 1, post 2) addressed the issue of housing allowances for students who are Veterans and taking online courses. Today and appropriately during Veteran’s Day week, we’re happy to welcome Mark Haskins of Pierce College to provide an exciting update on this issue. As he says, cheers to the VA […]

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Final Federal Regulations for State Authorization Released!

Without a moment to spare, on Friday, November 1, 2019, the Federal Register shared the release of the long awaited 2019 Final Federal Regulations with the official and concise title: Student Assistance General Provisions, The Secretary’s Recognition of Accrediting Agencies, The Secretary’s Recognition Procedures for State Agencies. These regulations are the final form of the […]

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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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Strategies to Address ED’s Guidance on State Authorization Complaint Processes

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As if we needed more excitement! The Department of Education uttered its first peep regarding the impact of the U.S. District Court’s April 26, 2019 ruling of a vacatur of the delay of the 2016 Federal Regulations relating to State Authorization. These 2016 Federal Regulations became effective May 26, 2019. Yesterday, July 22, 2019, The […]

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College affordability and the Democratic presidential debates: Is free college higher education’s moonshot?

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The Democratic debates are heating up already and they were quite interesting to watch (and it was also interesting to read the social media commentary). Today our new Policy and Planning Consultant, Van Davis, is here to provide an update on the candidate’s higher education plans and how each of these might impact higher technology-enhanced […]

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Improving College Readiness for Every Student: the Importance of Accessibility

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Today we welcome the President of the NROC Project, Ahrash Bissell, to discuss accessibility as an opportunity we should all be involved with, rather than a regulatory requirement that we should all worry about. We are excited to see this post from our friends at NROC, who have won a WOW award or have collaborated […]

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