WCET’s EdTech Community Rallies Against COVID-19 Challenges

The WCET member discussions over the past two weeks (has it really only been a few weeks since schools announced closures?) have vibrantly shown the collaborative and supportive nature of our community of edtech leaders and practitioners. This is an unprecedented and difficult time, but we are all rising to the occasion and twisting and […]

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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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Support for Veterans Shown by Congress’ Quick Response to Preserve GI Benefits during COVID-19

The dynamic conversion of face-to-face courses to online format at post-secondary institutions nationwide due to the closing of campuses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic became a concern for our nation’s veterans who rely on GI Bill benefits. As we previously reported, institutions that provide GI Bill benefits to veterans for programs must follow a […]

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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guidance we referenced in the article below was provided by the Veterans Administration (VA) on March 13, 2020, the VA rescinded this guidance.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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Accreditation, Continuity of Operations, and COVID-19

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On March 5, 2020, the Department of Education issued guidance to institutions facing possible interruptions of study because of COVID-19. WCET’s Cheryl Dowd, Director of the WCET State Authorization Network, provided an overview of the guidance for WCET Frontiers. As of the morning of March 12th, a growing number of institutions, especially those on the […]

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A Flower (and some great quotes) for International Women’s Day

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March 8th is International Women’s Day. According to the International Women’s Day (IWD) website, IWD is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, and the celebration has occurred annually for well over a century. To honor the day, I chatted with women in the technology-enhanced learning field about their […]

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Breaking news: U.S. Department of Education Guidance for interruptions of study related to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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***Update: On March 20, 2020, the U.S. Department of Education provided updated guidance by adding an FAQ attachment to the March 5, 2020 guidance previously released. Note that this update extends the term of flexibility from being based on students who were already enrolled in a term when the COVID-19 related interruptions occurred to students […]

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Evaluating Faculty Participation in Online Workshops

Example of a network analysis graph for the discussion-based workshop. Each circle represents a participant in the workshop, while the shaded groupings represent different sections of the workshop. Circles show how particpants are grouped in large circles. The lightly facilitated group is more dispersed and have lines drawn between participants showing how they interact. The Facilitated discussion forum is one tightly connected circle with more interaction.

Last week we welcomed Lynn Wahl, Instructional Designer for UNC Charlotte, to discuss how they used design thinking to create online faculty development workshops. In a continuation of the topic, Lynn joins us today to talk about how to assess a learning opportunity such as the online workshops to ensure they continue to engage attendees […]

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Design Thinking for Faculty Pedagogy Training

a circle graph showing the "innovation sweetspot." Three circles labelled "desirability, viability, feasibilty" all interlapping. The innovation sweetspot is right in the middle of the three other circles.

Have you heard of design thinking? This process is a non-linear, iterative process that focuses on understanding users and redefining problems to create innovative solutions and prototype said solutions to make them even better (interaction-design.org). We can use design thinking in a variety of arenas, not the least of which is to design courses. Today’s […]

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