The Great LMS Review Adventure

Who wants the best LMS?  We all do!  How do you pick the best LMS? *cricket chirp, cricket chirp* A choice of a Learning Management System (LMS) is a critical one for colleges and universities on so many levels – it is the most important academic technology system in the majority of higher education technical infrastructures […]

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Mind the Skills Gap

Railroad tracks with a sign reading "mind the gap" to warn passengers boarding the train.

In the final chapter of our three-part set of guest blog posts focusing on the future, we welcome Michelle Weise. Formerly at the Clayton Christensen Institute, Michelle now serves as Executive Director of the Sandbox CoLABorative for Southern New Hampshire University. In that role, Michelle focuses on thinking through the challenges and potential partnerships that […]

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Serving Older Students with New Technologies: Highlights from #ACCN15

Last month, just ahead of the WCET Annual Meeting, the Adult College Completion Network held their annual Workshop, focused on garnering discussion of how we best serve adult learners and bring them back into higher education.  Today, Christina Sedney, project coordinator for the Adult College Completion Network (ACCN), shares the highlights of the meeting with […]

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Top “Ten-ish” WCET Blogs from 2014

Looking back at 2014, here are some of our most popular blog posts.  There were some posts that were quite popular regarding the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking process for state authorization for distance education regulations.  We’ve removed those that were interim updates on the negotiations.  This list reflects views of our blog posts. […]

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Exploring Portland at #WCET14

November 18, 2014 Another Portlandite, Jim Friscia, gives us a look into the fun Portland has to offer to compliment the learning at #WCET14.  Who knows, perhaps the next big thing in e-learning will come from a walk in the Japanese Garden, a conversation over a pint at Deschutes Brewery, or an inspirational sugar high at […]

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The OER Trifecta: Access, Affordability and Student Success

A 2014 WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award winner, the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) OER-Based Associate Degree Project has saved its students nearly half a million dollars in its pilot year.  Read on as Wm. Preston Davis, Director of Instructional Services, shares with us the values, processes and outcomes of this innovative program. When I […]

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Community Colleges Adapt to CBE for the Benefit of Their Students

At your cooperative, we’re always happy to share the learning of our members.  Sharing with us today is Sally Johnstone, Vice President for Academic Advancement at Western Governors University, about the work WGU has done with community colleges to launch CBE programs and the resources they have produced, which are open to all. As some […]

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Learner-Centric Shifts in Education

Katie Blot, senior vice president, education services at Blackboard shares with us how MyEdu is helping learners succeed through academic planning and out into the marketplace.   When we talk about changes in education, the best place to start is with the learner.  And if there’s one statistic that highlights the shift in who our learners […]

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Investigation of IPEDS Distance Education Data: System Not Ready for Modern Trends

After billions of dollars spent on administrative computer systems and billions of dollars invested in ed tech companies, the U.S. higher education system is woefully out of date and unable to cope with major education trends such as online & hybrid education, flexible terms, and the expansion of continuing and extended education. Based on an […]

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Creating a New Kind of OWL: Online Writing Support that Makes a Difference

The Excelsior College Online Writing Lab (OWL) is a 2014 recipient of the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Award and will accept the award at the WCET Annual Meeting.  Today Crystal Sands, Director of  the OWL shares with us the goals, process and results of a pilot study on the OWL’s use that resulted in their […]

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