One of the nation’s preeminent postsecondary education technology gatherings took place Nov. 5-7, 2019, as the WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) hosted its 31st annual meeting in Denver. Keynote speakers included Michael Ellison, founder and CEO of CodePath.org, and Diane Auer Jones, principal deputy undersecretary for the U.S. Department of Education.
Among the annual meeting’s highlights was a ceremony honoring this year’s WCET Award winners, including the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) Awards, which recognize institutions that develop exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education. The 2019 WOW Award winners are:
2019 WOW Award Winners
- The Colorado Department of Higher Education OER Council, for its leadership in fostering the adoption of Open Educational Resources (OER) policies and practices at postsecondary institutions across the state.
- Granite State College, in Concord, N.H., for development of a distance-based teacher certification program aimed at easing a critical shortage of educators in rural areas of New Hampshire.
- Rio Salado College, in Tempe, Ariz., for creation of the Dynamic Assessment Data Dashboard (DADD), which enables more-effective assessment of soft skills, quicker identification of trends and gaps, and an integrated approach to curricular redesign across the college.