Welcome to Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab

Research Areas

LINK researchers and fellows focus on four areas:

New Knowledge Process

Knowledge is being created, shared, and validated through emerging technologies and social network configurations. Our core interest is in tracing how the digital knowledge process challenges and changes existing practices in higher education and society.

The Future of Work

The economy in the U.S. has largely transitioned to creative and innovative work and away from routine labor. This has significant implications to the employment opportunities that exist now and what will exist in the future. The new economy, one that requires advanced education and continual lifelong learning, is also influenced by the increased automation of work. Our interest is in understanding the nature of work and labor in an era of computerized technologies and what this means to individuals, corporations, universities, and society.

Success for All Learners

Today’s student population is diverse. Underrepresented learners face a difficult challenge in moving to digital learning; research indicates digital environments can increase existing barriers. LINK is focused on identifying and addressing the challenges to digital learning success for all learners, particularly those who are currently underrepresented in higher education and experience difficulty due to systemic inequity.

The Future of Universities

Higher Education faces numerous and growing challenges. Universities must embrace structural reorientation in order to build the capacity to adapt. Adaptivity and innovation are required in order to meet challenges such as the university’s broadening scope and role in economic impact, increased competition, diverse student population, social networked teaching and learning, and new assessment and accreditation practices.

About LINK Lab

What will universities look like in 2025? 2050? How will social networked technologies transform learning? How will learning analytics help us better understand teaching and learning? Is the future of learning personalized, connected, and global? What role does a modern university play in the shaping work in the 21st Century? What pedagogical and support systems do universities need in order ensure success for all learners?
UTArlington's new LINK Research Lab is exploring these questions.

The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab (LINK) serves as the hub of a network of international scholars who conduct research on the digitization of knowledge and learning and how this process impacts education. Our researchers, educators, and graduate students connect, share, and collaborate in advancing social and technological networks, designing innovative learning models, and exploring the future of higher education.

The LINK Research Lab is a department of the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) at the University of Texas at Arlington. Other departments in DTL include the Center for Distance Educationand Educational Technology Support Services. DTL reports to Vice Provost Pete Smith.

  • The New Knowledge Process
  • The Future of Work
  • Success for All Learners
  • The Future of Universities

Current Projects

Some of the projects that are currently being worked on the LINK lab.

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