Open Education Week 2021: A virtual trip around the globe

Happy #OEWeek! This week we celebrated with our WCET, higher education, and open education community on social media and learned through a wonderful guest post from Jenny Parks and Regina Gong. Check out their post for information on leveraging partnerships to create and develop a state-wide OER community. Today we get to take a global […]

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Leveraging Regional Partnerships for a State-wide OER Community

Happy Open Education Week! What can be accomplished when we all work together for educational equity? This week’s blog post by Jenny Parks and Regina Gong answers that question (Hint: the answer is going to blow your mind and make you want to get involved). Working with Jenny and Regina to scale open educational resources […]

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

tulips in a vase

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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Meet AURS — Your Go-To Resource for Addressing Accessibility Challenges

Accessibility is not only one of the main areas of focus for WCET, but a consistent issue and opportunity for higher education institutions. In order to support faculty, instructional designers, and others who work in the area, Quality Matters, a WCET member, created a new resource site for educators to get information on how to […]

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Everything You Need to Know (But Are Afraid to Ask) About The 2016 Distance Education Regulations

Last week’s announcement by the Department of Education that “consistent with the decision of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California…. As of May 26, 2019, the amendments to 34 CFR 600.2, 600.9 (c), 668.2, and the addition of 34 CFR 668.50… are effective” was the culmination of a long, strange regulatory […]

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Digital Accessibility: The Partnership between Vendors and Institutions

For the past year, OLC and WCET have been partnering to better inform our memberships on better meeting student and faculty needs for accessibility. Kelly Hermann, University of Phoenix, and Cyndi Rowland, WebAIM, have provided us with tremendous guidance, including posts and webinars on the topic. Today, Kelly provides the latest in our joint accessibility […]

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ED Negotiated Rulemaking: First Reactions and a Preview

Set of guiding princples in a list: Fairness to all students. Incentivize, don’t punish, institutions for being innovative. Transform quality assurance standards to rely on educational outcomes. Simplify regulations around financial aid program eligibility requirements. Protect student and federal financial aid investments.

A fond welcome and thank you to Van Davis, Foghlam Consulting, for his analysis of what will be discussed in the U.S. Department of Education’s rulemaking process, which begins this week. As you will see, there sure is a lot on their plate! With WCET’s Russ Poulin on one of the subcommittee’s, we will be […]

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Developing Effective Courses Using Adaptive Learning Begins with Proper Alignment

Similar to the birth of eLearning in the 1990s, the rush to implement adaptive learning has led to the development of poorly designed courses that are not properly aligned and fail to effectively implement the principles of multimedia learning. As a result, many institutions often proclaim their use of adaptive learning as a failure. Much […]

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Oh, What’s in a Name? – Definitions of Distance Ed

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) And by name, I mean definition. And by definition, I mean the definition of distance education. There are a myriad of definitions for “distance education,” “distance education course,” and” distance education […]

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The Purdue Acquisition of Kaplan – Background, Opinion, and Questions

There was quite a bit of surprise in the higher education world yesterday when Purdue University (a large land-grant university in Indiana) announced that it was essentially acquiring Kaplan University (a large for-profit institution). Lots of questions arise. This blog post includes some facts, opinion, and questions to keep the discussion rolling. Purdue “Purchases” a […]

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