The recently inaugurated Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington presented its schedule of fall events, which will begin with a conversation on digital learning and include the participation of experts from around the globe.
The first fall colloquium will take place on September 29th in the Rady Room on the sixth floor of UT Arlington’s Nedderman Hall, is free and open to the public, and streamed online. “Cultivating the Seeds of Mentorship: Students as Resources for Creating a Conducive Online Learning Environment” will be presented by Carolyn Rosé, an associate professor of language technologies and human-computer interaction in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University.
“UT Arlington is joining some of the nation’s most prestigious campuses in establishing a hub for examining the role of online learning in the present and the future of education,” explained the executive director of the LINK lab, George Siemens. “The future is digital and we have to understand what role we play in that. We also want to explore how methods from the digital learning world can enhance and strengthen on-campus interactions.”
On September 30th, the associate professor of cognitive studies at Teachers College, Columbia University, Ryan Baker, will be hosting the colloquium on the theme, “Toward Better and More General Prediction Models of Engagement.” The next day, the topic will be, “Connecting Pedagogical Intent with Analytics in a Flipped Classroom,” presented by Abelardo Pardo, an associate head of teaching and learning and lecturer at the School of Electrical and Information Engineering, The University of Sydney.
“Every Move Is A Good Move! The association between the built environment and physical activity” is the colloquium planned for October 2nd, which will be hosted by the research associate at cardiac services, Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, BC, Canada, Danijela Gasevic, in partnership with a PhD candidate in the department of biomedical physiology and kinesiology at Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada. On October 3rd, Shane Dawson, director of the Learning and Teaching Unit, and associate professor of technology enhanced learning at the University of South Australia will be presenting the topic “From Research to Policy: Moving Learning Analytics Toward Institutional Adoption.”
Also in October, the effects of online learning will be discussed at LINK at the invitation-only conference, “Impact of MOOCs on Traditional University Education,” during which the lab will host representatives from Harvard, Columbia University, Georgetown University, and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
These and other events from the lab, which was established earlier this year under the leadership of the international digital learning company Siemens, can be accessed on the lab’s website here. Siemens was one of the creators of open online courses, which later became the massive open online courses (MOOCs), an emerging model of learning that has been studied by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.