Category Archives: student success

Blackboard Ally: Tackling Accessibility in Higher Education

Today we continue the WCET Frontiers series on the 2017 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards. These awards honor member institutions and organizations that develop technology-based solutions to challenging educational needs. We welcome Blackboard to discuss their award winning program Ally. Thank you for your work to increase student success! Enjoy the read and enjoy the […]

The OIG Report on WGU, Part 2: React…But Don’t Overreact

It has been more than a week since the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued its Final Audit Report declaring that “Western Governors University Was Not Eligible to Participate in the Title IV Programs.” Both of us (Russ Poulin, WCET and Van Davis, Blackboard) have been following the activities surrounding the […]

Learning Design for Innovation

Hello and welcome to today’s WCET Frontiers blog post, with guest author John Gillmore, Research Fellow with the Institute for Learning Environment Design at the University of Central Oklahoma. John is here to discuss a new system of course, program, and curriculum innovation: the Learning Environment Design for Innovation (LEDi) model. This is an exciting […]

Federal Student Complaint Requirements – Is Your Institution in Compliance Today?

Does your institution have a well designed, easily understood, and compliant complaint process? Today we welcome Cheryl Dowd, Director of the State Authorization Network, and Jennifer L. Parks, Director, Midwestern State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (M-SARA), to review the federal student complaint requirements. They also provide recommendations for implementation of the complaint process notification and review […]

Converting Experience into Credit: Lessons in Serving Military-related (or Any) Students

When we asked Sara Appel to write a guest blog post for us, we did not know we would also be advocating for increased GI Bill benefits, but it fits in with the unexpected military theme. But, it’s more than that. Sara’s project for the Midwestern Higher Education Compact provides us with great lessons in […]

Let’s Not Let Them Down – Stories from Veterans on Housing Allowance

Following up on the Housing Allowance for Veteran Distance Ed “The technology has advanced, but not the laws” says one of the veterans, Aaron Slatton, whom we spoke with this week regarding the Basic Housing Allowance reduction imposed on veterans who take classes fully online. “Simply put,” he said, “there is less benefit.” The GI […]

In Defense of the LMS

Many of us have worked with Learning Management System (LMS)s in one way or another, as administrators, instructors, support, assistants, or students. And, through working with these platforms, many of us end up strongly disliking them. This week we welcome Sasha Thackaberry from Southern New Hampshire University to discuss this love/hate relationship between higher education […]

Ask Congress to Address the Housing Allowance for Online Veterans in New GI Bill

Veterans taking all their college courses online are getting short-changed. As Congress moves to rework the GI Bill, let’s get them to fix this problem. We need your help. Read the background and see how to respond at the end. The GI Bill Reduces the Housing Allowance for Fully Online Students Veterans of the U.S. […]

Digital Inclusion – Moving Towards Opportunity for All

Hello WCET, Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the GlobalMindED conference in Denver, CO to help with the presentation of the first ever Digital Inclusion award. We co-sponsored this award with GlobalMindED. All of the nominees are working toward increasing student success by promoting digital inclusion. The winner of this year’s award has […]

Introducing WCET’s ‘Z Initiative’ on Open Textbooks and OER

Drum roll please! Welcome to WCET’s new Director of Open Policy, Tanya Spilovoy! Tanya is here on WCET Frontiers today to introduce the new WCET Z Initiative and her work with OER and Open Policy. We’re quite excited to have Tanya on the team and see where this work takes us and our WCET members. […]