The Connected Student and the Internet of Things

Today we welcome Mickey Slimp, Executive Director of the Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges & Universities (NETnet), located at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, where he also serves as an associate provost of academic affairs. In his blog, Mickey discusses the realities of thriving in an Internet dependent society. More importantly, […]

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Let the DATA drive: Washington community & technical college’s journey to establish OER and Low-Cost codes

In this blog, Mark Jenkins and Boyoung Chae detail the vital benefits of using a data-driven approach in OER initiatives to promote affordability and student success for Washington’s Community and Technical Colleges. Their approach helped to meet two important goals: Meet students’ needs for learning which courses use free or “low-cost” resources, which aids them […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: Innovation Subcommittee Completes Its Work and Makes Several Recommendations

Three women and two men are sitting at a table with microphones in front of them. Three of them have the name cards in front of them on end.

The “Distance Learning and Education Innovation” Subcommittee of the current U.S. Department of Education negotiated rulemaking process completed its work last week. While several reports highlighted that there was disagreement on issues, there has been less attention paid to the general agreement the negotiators were reaching on a long list of regulations under consideration. There […]

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Generation Z Engaged in the Classroom

Picture of Generation Z student studying and touching a large computer screen. The computer screen contains a circular graph that shows how to increase motivation. This picture is an ideal learning environment for a Gen Z student.

Vickie S. Cook, Executive Director of the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service at the University of Illinois Springfield, explores the strengths of the innovative and eager Generation Z students. In her blog, she depicts the unique story and gifts offered by this generation within an academic and professional context. As invested educators, we […]

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Expanding access, success, and equitable outcomes through the effective implementation of digital learning

A picture of Every Learner Everywhere Network Partners with "Every Learner Everywhere" in the center, surrounded by the names of twelve specific partners. The partners are also listed in other locations throughout the blog.

A Sense of Urgency Many public colleges and universities have embraced the mission of increasing access to higher education by recruiting more diverse student populations. Unfortunately, institutions continue to see significant persistence and completion gaps for their low-income students, students of color, and first-generation students. In response to this problem, many two- and four-year institutions […]

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Adventures at the Consumer Electronics Show: the world’s largest “Digital Disney World,” the higher ed perspective

Picture of the shoes of two people standing on tile that reads, "Passion Led Us Here."

Executive director of WCET, Mike Abbiatti, recently attended the massive Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. New and soon-to-be introduced electronic products are unveiled each year at the Show. The following blog contains the details and reflections of his adventure through the latest technological innovations. He also wonders what the impact of these new tools […]

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Congratulations! You are a Best Ranked School! But…

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In the media and in communications to your PR staff, there will be lots of hype this week about ranking online programs. In the past, we have been critical of such rankings on the basis of the quality of their methodology and we let them respond to questions from WCET members. Subsequent discussions produced mixed […]

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Marketable Skills + Credentialing = the Value of Signals

Defintion of "signal" from oxford dictionaries: VERB Transmit information or instructions by means of a gesture, action, or sound. NOUN A gesture, action, or sound that is used to convey information or instructions, typically by prearrangement between the parties concerned.

What signals do you use to showcase your skills and expertise? Our students need a way to let future employers know about their collegiate experiences and accomplishments. Today we welcome Mike Simmons from University of North Texas to discuss their  institutional solution to changing workforce and higher education needs when it comes to credentials. Thank […]

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Accessibility & Procurement: What do we need to know?

quote box: Higher education needs to “bake” accessibility into our activities rather than wait to “bolt” it on after the fact.

WCET and the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) jointly offer this blog post on a topic of national interest to education communities. This post is part of the on-going collaboration on accessibility issues between WCET and OLC. Thank you to Kelly Hermann, University of Phoenix, for today’s guest post on these important issues! If you’re attending OLC Accelerate […]

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Is this the Future? The Education Department’s Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge

quote box: Collaborations will emerge as foundations of the higher education ecosystem of the future. Sharon Leu, senior policy advisor, US Department of Education

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education announced their winners of the Department’s Higher Education Ecosystem Challenge. The challenge was to “imagine what higher education would look like in 2030.” WCET’s Dan Silverman, Assistant Director of the WCET State Authorization Network (SAN), attended the event honoring the 10 winners of this year’s challenge. Today he joins […]

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