Attendees of the Distance Education and Training Council's most recent Webinar knew right from the start they'd be getting exactly what they wanted. After all, they were the ones who chose the content.
The Webinar, presented last month in conjunction with Dr. Sharon Bob, DETC's Special Consultant on Federal Aid, was a one-hour primer on the Higher Education Opportunity Act and its impact on DETC Institutions. The topic was chosen by attendees, who used an online survey tool to rank suggested topics, add other financial aid topics they'd like to see covered, and submit questions for Dr. Bob to answer during her Webinar.
"Surveying attendees before the Webinar helped us take a broad topic—Title IV Federal Aid—and distill it into an informative and focused presentation," said DETC's Executive Director Michael Lambert. "We ended up with an information-rich Webinar that was immensely beneficial to our member institutions."
The HEOA legislation is more than 1,100 pages and the "Dear Colleague" letter summarizing the law was 219 pages. Currently, there are five sets of regulations, published in October, 2009, implementing the HEOA.
Slides from the Title IV Webinar are available on the DETC Web site. The Title IV Webinar information also includes links to the text of the Higher Education Opportunity Act and the Dear Colleauge letter summarizing the HEOA released by the Department of Education in December 2008.
The DETC Webinars will continue in 2010 - be sure to keep an eye on the Webinar page for more information. Is there a topic you'd like to see covered? Send an e-mail to Rob Chalifoux, DETC's Director of Meetings and Publications, to let him know!
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