Guest post by Cali Morrison, Manager of Major Grants, WCET

A few weeks ago, WCET (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies) joined with the U.S. News and World Report team to host a webcast about their upcoming ranking of online education programs.

Many of our members, through both our discussion board and Twitter, raised questions regarding the ranking, survey procedure, and ranking methodology.  We proposed a collaborative webcast to Bob Morse, the Director of Data Research at U.S. News and his team to help answer our member’s questions and provide feedback to their team working on this new project.

Blackboard Collaborate™  enabled us to provide both a venue for U.S. News to present their project, as well as a medium for our members to ask questions in real-time.  The event was successful – both in terms of enrollments and knowledge gained, and we continue to build on the conversation started during the webcast.  The archive of the webcast is now available on the WCET website as well as the draft survey, the slides from the presentation, and answers to questions from the webcast.

To read highlights from the webcast, please visit Bob Morse’s blog: Morse Code.

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