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Final Federal Regulations on State Authorization and Accreditation Published by DOE

November 4, 2019

On Friday, November 1, 2019, the Federal Register shared the release of the long-awaited 2019 Final Federal Regulations with the…

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New Website for National Standards for Quality Online Teaching

April 4, 2019

K-12 online programs should be aware of a new website for National Standards for Quality Online Teaching (https://www.nsqol.org/) where you…

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Ed Dept. Backpedals Its Proposed Distance Learning Stance with Latest Revision

February 18, 2019

The Education Department has revised its proposed rules around distance education to clarify the role of subject-matter experts and their…

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Candidate for Texas Governor Submits Policy Statement on Distance Learning

October 31, 2018

Last month Public Policy Chair sent letters to the campaigns of all the candidates for all state-wide offices asking for…

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US Dept of Ed Considering How to Define “Regular and Substantive” Interactions in Online Classes

August 10, 2018

The Trump administration is considering an overhaul of a 26-year-old federal rule that is seen variably as a barrier to innovation and an important guardrail against substandard instruction.

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DeVos Seeks To Rewrite The Rules On Higher Ed

August 10, 2018

The U.S. Education Department is going back to the drawing board on some basic rules of higher education, including one…

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2-Year Delay for State Authorization Rule

May 29, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education (again) pushes back controversial regulation requiring online programs to gain approval from states in which…

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TxDLA Modifies Name of TxSAN Community of Practice to Texas Out-of-State Activities Compliance (TxOSAC)

May 14, 2018

TxDLA has changed the name of the TxSAN (Texas State Authorization Network) Community of Practice to the new and improved…

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Distance Education Rules May Be Delayed

April 23, 2018

A federal requirement for online colleges to tell students whether their academic programs meet state licensing requirements may be postponed.…

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With Net Neutrality in the Rearview Mirror, is E-Rate Next on the FCC’s Chopping Block?

January 4, 2018

It’s no great overstatement to say that the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to rollback net neutrality protections has shaken…

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Here’s How Washington Could Shape Higher Education in 2018

January 3, 2018

The year ahead could usher in significant changes in the federal government’s role in higher education. Events set in motion in…

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Trump, Congress, and Education in 2018: Eight Big Questions

January 3, 2018

There’s plenty of suspense heading into President Donald Trump’s second year in office when it comes to education, and some big…

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House HEA Proposes Changes for Distance Ed, CBE, and State Authorization

December 4, 2017

Russ Poulin, Director, Policy & Analysis at WCET, published a new article in WCET Frontiers Blog today: House HEA Proposes…

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E.U. Regulations that are Enforceable Against U.S. Higher Education Institutions

November 29, 2017

What do you know about the E.U.’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? If you have not read up on…

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2017 Survey Results of Technology Infrastructure in US K-12 District

November 13, 2017

The CoSN 2017 Infrastructure Survey examines the current state of technology infrastructure in U.S. K-12 districts. The FCC has used…

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New Regulations Require Health Services Web Page for Higher Ed

November 2, 2017

Health Services Web Page: Rex Peebles, Assistant Commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, sent a notification which states…

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New Regulations for Professional Licensure Notifications

November 2, 2017

85R HB 1508 requires institutions to provide individual notice to each applicant and enrollee if a criminal conviction would make…

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TxDLA Announces 2017 Awards

August 22, 2017

The Texas Distance Learning Association (TxDLA) is pleased to announce the recipients of its prestigious 2017 Awards. The honorees were…

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Does Your Distance Education Program Cross the State Line?

August 1, 2017

Is your institution aware of the legal issues and the requirements of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements? The State Authorization Reciprocity…

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Attend TxDLA’s Fall Leadership Workshop

July 24, 2017

One of the best ways to get involved with TxDLA is to attend the annual Fall Leadership Workshop. You do…

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TxDLA Announces Creation of the Texas State Authorization Network

April 7, 2017

TxDLA is proud to announce the creation of the Texas State Authorization Network (TxSAN).  The TxSAN purpose is to connect…

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Higher Education Supplement to the National Ed Tech Plan Released

January 24, 2017

The Higher Education Supplement to the National Ed Tech Plan has been released. Download the entire supplment: https://tech.ed.gov/higherednetp/ Three reasons to…

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Education Dept. Clarifies Rule Governing Online Courses

January 24, 2017

The Education Department on Thursday clarified a key piece of a new distance-education regulation, making it clearer that the reciprocity…

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TxDLA Offers Spring Accessibility Certification Program

January 18, 2017

Accessibility (access by people with disabilities) to digital materials is one of the major technology issues of our time. The…

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Infographic: How to Record your eLearning Video in 10 Steps

January 4, 2017

As you probably noticed, video is a tool becoming more and more common in the education and training environment, and…

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The 5 Biggest Higher Education Tech Trends in 2016

January 4, 2017

This year was ripe for higher ed innovation. Just take a look at coverage from EDUCAUSE, which highlights the trends…

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Is Distance Ed Rule DOA?

December 21, 2016

Education Department finally issues rule on state approval of online programs, but with opposition in Congress, it may never go…

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Foxx to Lead US House Education Committee

December 13, 2016

The House Committee on Education and the Workforce will be led by U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx during the new term,…

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No State Authorization Rule in 2017?

December 13, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education’s rule regulating colleges that offer online education programs to students in other states may not…

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Department of Education Releases Letter Addressing Need for Virtual Schools to Follow Special Rules

September 28, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a “Dear Colleague” letter on August 5 addressing the need for virtual schools…

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Lawmakers Look at Tying School Funds to Performance

August 8, 2016

Should Texas fund public schools based on their academic performance rather than just giving them a certain amount of money…

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Feds Soften Distance Ed Rule

July 26, 2016

Education Department releases proposed rule on state approval of online programs, cutting a provision that would require states to review…

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From WCET: Pending Federal State Authorization Regulations-What Might Be Included?

July 12, 2016

It’s coming back! The federal regulation for the state authorization of distance education appears to be returning. The Department of…

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4 Ways to Use Social Media for Learning

June 9, 2016

Social media continues to offer great promise for enhancing learning in the classroom. Much of the usage in college and…

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12 Tips for Gamifying a Course

June 9, 2016

Digital games can be powerful learning tools, helping engage students and improve learning outcomes. And while adoption in higher education…

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Classroom of the Future

June 1, 2016

Advances in modern technology have had a huge impact on everyday life; in many ways improving it for the better.…

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State Authorization Summer Webseries

June 1, 2016

The summer WCET | State Authorization Network webseries will include three webcasts that will take place on the third Tuesday…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Luke Stollings, eLearning Lead, DARS

February 28, 2016

Services (DARS), who has taught in public and private schools on two continents as well as training in corporate America.…

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MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Marshall Hill, Executive Director, NC-SARA

January 20, 2016

TxDLA thinks its members are pretty amazing, and is proud of the innovative programs that they manage. One of these…

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