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Season 2, Episode 15 - Teach & Learn

Distance Education Is Under Threat: What You Need to Know With Dr. Van Davis

In this episode of the Teach and Learn podcast, Dr. Cristi Ford shares a desk in the virtual classroom with Dr. Van Davis, WCET’s Chief Strategy Officer, to discuss some potential changes that could limit access and have serious ramifications for distance education.

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An introduction to Dr. Van Davis


Overview of negotiated rulemaking


The top three major concerns keeping distance educators up at night


The current reciprocity agreements (SARA & NC-SARA)


The driving misconception behind the US Department of Ed's review


How the proposed rules may limit student access to education




The timeline and what you can do


What the is WCET doing


Conclusion and where to find resources

Welcome to Season 2, Episode 15 of Teach & Learn: A podcast for curious educators, brought to you by D2L. Hosted by Dr. Cristi Ford and Dr. Emma Zone from the Academic Affairs team. The show features candid conversations with some of the sharpest minds in the K-20 education space. We discuss trending educational topics, teaching strategies and delve into the issues plaguing our schools and higher education institutions today.

Episode Description

Counter to the old adage, the US Department of Education is looking to fix something that many argue, ain’t broke

Right now, distance education is being reviewed and new regulations are being considered in the name of consumer protection.

It’s believed that the US Department of Education is operating under the misconception that distance education is somehow less than traditional in-person education. But, Dr. Van Davis couldn’t disagree more. Distance education is high-quality, deliberately designed, accessible education. He believes that the proposed regulations would be disastrous to distance learners, educators and institutions if passed.

In this episode, Dr. Van Davis guides us through the three biggest issues that have distance education providers and educators very worried. The big three, if passed, will have serious ramifications for distance learning for students, educators, and institutions across the US. He also shares his insights on:

  • Why time is of the essence
  • How you can make your voice heard
  • How the proposed regulations would negatively impact access to distance education
  • Where to find resources and information
  • How SARA and NC-SARA work


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