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WCET Annual Meeting, Nov. 11-13, 2015The California Community Colleges (CCC) Online Education Initiative (OEI) will address an interstate audience this fall, as a participant of the WCET 27th Annual Meeting, being held in Denver, Colo., Nov. 11-13.


Registration is now open for the WCET event, which is designed to promote effective practices and policies and excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education.

OEI Executive Director Pat James is scheduled to speak on two interactive panel discussions related to collaboration across colleges. The sessions are:

  • Nov. 11, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.—"The Student Completion Agenda: State Collaborative Models in Action”
  • Nov. 13, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.—“eLearning Consortia Common Interest Group: Partnering Across Institutions”

Collaborative Models Explored

In the Nov. 11 panel, James will be joined by representatives from Louisiana and Texas universities, as well as George Pernsteiner, president of the State Higher Education Executive Officers (SHEEO) association. Presenters will talk about the collaborative initiatives in their states that are aimed at student access and completion, how they have defined their priorities, how they garnered support from key campus stakeholders, and what the early “wins” and “opportunities” have been, to date.

Pat James, Executive Director of the California Community Colleges Online Education InitiativeThe Nov. 13 discussion will explore the benefits of institutions working in collaboration. The first part of the program will include success stories from emerging consortia that have made their mark in the past few years. The second part of the program will be an interactive discussion of issues such as getting started, sustaining partnerships, involving faculty, getting funding and the support of constituents, and more. In addition to James, panelists include speakers from eCampusAlberta and the Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium.

EdTech Meet-up Opportunity

A new conference feature has been added this year to help attendees connect with education technology businesses. The Edtech Meet-up, being held Thursday, Nov. 12, will be a casual venue where invited corporate participants can showcase their products or services on tabletops, rather than an exhibit-hall atmosphere. Lounging areas will be set up throughout the space to allow attendees to disconnect or mingle as they wish.

Keynotes: Get Ready For The Internet Of Things

The opening and closing keynotes will explore what colleges need to know about the Internet of Things (IoT), defined by Gartner as “the network of physical objects that contain embedded technology to communicate and sense or interact with their internal states or the external environment.”

The opening session will be a fun look at the technologies and innovative applications for teaching and learning. Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor of mobilization emerging technology with the Tennessee Board of Regents, will demonstrate mobile apps and alternate realities to put IoT on campus into context for administrators, instructors and students.

The closing IoT panel will bring together experts in higher education that are exploring and experiencing the impact of IoT. The moderated panel discussion will explore the implications for campuses including student privacy, accessibility, who owns the data, and more.

Conference & Registration Info

WCET, the Western Cooperative for Educational Technologies, is a division of the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE). WCET sessions offer a diversity of perspectives, bold approaches, and an engaging, conversational format among speakers and the audience. WCET presenters include higher education professionals who are leading change and innovation at their organizations, providing practical and actionable information to enable attendees to improve their own e-learning practices and policies, and learn about emerging trends in higher education and technology.

The WCET 27th Annual Meeting is being held at the Westin Denver Downtown. WCET members—which includes all CCC staff and faculty—can register for a reduced rate of $605 until Oct. 19, and $705 thereafter. An online service fee of $8 is charged at the time of registration. Registration questions should be addressed to the WCET help line at 1-866-808-4236.

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor