WCET’s 2017 WOW Awardees Transform the College Learning Experience with Innovative, Technology-based Solutions

“This year’s four award recipients represent the entire 2017 class of proposals as an outstanding reflection of the innovation, quality, leadership and vision needed to help students, faculty, and institutions succeed in higher education today.” Kara Monroe, WOW Award Committee Chair

Since 2004, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) has presented the WCET Outstanding Work (WOW) award to colleges, universities, and organizations who implement exceptionally creative, technology-based solutions to contemporary challenges in higher education. The WOW award helps WCET meet its mission of promoting innovative and effective practice by providing exemplary programs as models for the higher education community to adapt for their own students and faculty.

The four 2017 WOW award recipients have all implemented solutions in areas shown to have impact on student success.

  • Blackboard Inc.: Blackboard Ally
  • Healthcare Learning Innovations, a division of American Sentinel University: Sentinel City™
  • Oregon State University: 3-D Virtual Microscope
  • University of Central Florida: UDOIT: Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, University of Central Florida

“Each and every year, the WOW Awards committee has a challenging task to review outstanding proposals from across the country to select our final award recipients,” said Kara Monroe, Vice President for Academic Innovation and Support at Ivy Tech Community College, and chair of the WOW Awards committee. “This year’s four award recipients represent the entire 2017 class of proposals as an outstanding reflection of the innovation, quality, leadership and vision needed to help students, faculty, and institutions succeed in higher education today.”

The WOW awardees will be recognized by WCET’s national community of higher education innovators during the WCET 29th Annual Meeting in Denver, CO, October 25-27th, 2017.

The 2017 WOW Award winners:

Blackboard Inc.: Blackboard Ally

Blackboard Ally is a new technology that integrates closely with the Learning Management System (LMS) and focuses on making digital course content more accessible. Blackboard Ally automatically scans course content in the LMS for accessibility issues. Within the context…

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