#WCET2021- That’s A Wrap…Almost

The 33rd WCET Annual Meeting took place on November 2nd in our virtual platform. The event was a one-day conference which included two pre-conference workshops as well as post-conference sessions taking place this week and next. Although we were disappointed that we were unable convene in person yet again this year, our virtual Annual Meeting […]

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Does Financial Need and Aid Differ for Online and On-Campus Students?

It started before COVID-19. Students, families, businesses, and those considering college questioned the value, the “return on investment” (ROI), of postsecondary education. Could they do better doing something else? Was the debt worth it? Is college for them? Those questions loomed larger during the pandemic and we know they will keep coming in the future. […]

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The “Angels of UND’s TTaDA” – Working Magic in the Face of Adversity

Welcome to our continued celebration of 2021 WOW awardees! We’re joined today by Jenny L. Reichart, who is the Faculty Development Specialist and Inclusion Ambassador with the Teaching Transformation and Development Academy (TTaDA) at the University of North Dakota (UND). The TTaDA team was selected as a WOW recipient this year due to their innovative […]

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“I’m Sick with COVID – but I’ll Get Caught up this Week” – Supporting Students Through a Pandemic with CTU Messenger

Welcome to our continued celebration of 2021 WOW awardees! We’re joined today by Connie Johnson and Ellise Farber, both from Colorado Technical University, who were nominated this year for the Messenger app via CTU Mobile, which provided real time communication opportunities and help to struggling students. Frontiers is currently hosting our annual blog post series […]

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A Network Rooted in Quality & Innovation

Welcome to our continued celebration of 2021 WOW awardees! We’re joined today by Melissa Vito and Claudia Arcolin, both from The University of Texas at San Antonio who shared the following post about UTSA’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their “non-negotiable objective” was to “continue to innovate and deliver a high-quality education despite the unprecedented […]

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Lessons Learned Providing Instructional Design and Technology Support at the Onset of COVID-19

Welcome to our continued celebration of 2021 WOW awardees! We’re joined today by Alicia Montgomery Dunlap and Aimee Greene both from the University of Louisville, who wrote the following post about the outstanding work from the staff with Louisville’s Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning. Alicia and Aimee share several lessons learned from the remote […]

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Engage the Expert Network with Every Learner Everywhere

Providing and supporting education today requires instructors and practitioners to be highly knowledgeable, flexible, and adaptable, and to have a whole toolbox full of technology and teaching related skills. This is especially true now that they are teaching or supporting teaching in remote, online, or blended environments. These challenges are why I’m so thrilled about […]

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“60 Minutes” on Online Education – Reflections on a Story from 2001

So, how did the mass media view online education two decades ago? On February 18, 2001, the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes ran the segment “Online U,” which discussed the emergence of online offerings at the University of Phoenix and Duke University. Also interviewed were critics of these innovations and those challenging higher education to […]

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Higher Ed Expert’s Predictions for 2021

2020 sure was challenging, difficult, unique, interesting (?), and [insert other adjectives here]. Now that we are in a new year, (but are, sadly, still facing similar issues as we were just a few months ago) WCET is curious what higher education practitioners predict for digital learning and higher education in 2021. We are even […]

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IPEDS Update: Department of Education’s Guidance on Reporting Distance Education Data

The U.S. Department of Education’s IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) provided guidance on how to report distance education activities during the pandemic. Whether on an emergency basis or planned for the safety of faculty and students, colleges and universities have adopted a variety of academic modality options. The Department’s explanations are welcomed help for […]

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