Sponsored by the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab and the Division of Faculty Affairs

Faculty and staff selected for the program work together in themed communities under the guidance of a facilitator to explore and implement strategies, activities, and projects that improve the learning experience at UTA. Collaboration takes place through on-campus and online sessions among the group members and with national and international leaders in educational technology. Participants have the opportunity to funnel their experiences and insights gained back to their colleagues locally by presentations and discussions at conferences and workshops. Each participant plans, conducts, and evaluates a project based on the group theme.

If you have questions about applying for the program in the future, please contact Justin T. Dellinger.

Thank you for your interest!


The PLCs for academic year 2016-17 are:


Digital Scholarship and Pedagogy with Justin T. Dellinger

This group will focus on building digital presence for scholars and digital pedagogy for teaching practice. Early in the fall semester, PLC members will learn skills and strategies to create and manage their own digital domain, as well as teaching and encouraging students to do the same. Together, we will learn: how to use tools such as WordPress and Omeka, strategies for design, accessibility, copyright/fair use, metadata, FERPA, and basic learning analytics and how to utilize it to improve student success. All participants will attend the OLC Accelerate conference, held in Orlando. Participants will work towards engaging in IRB-approved research with a goal to writing a manuscript to be submitted to a research journal. Group members will also engage with related social media and/or blogging as it relates to online learning.

Fellows include: Marcela Gutierrez (Social Work), Alex Hunnicutt, (History), Rafia Mirza (Digital Humanities Librarian), Lydia Pyburn (Online Engagement and Nursing Librarian), Jenny Roye (Nursing), Maria Trache (Educational Leadership and Policy Studies), Martin Wallace (Maker Literacies and Engineering Librarian), Peace Ossom Williamson (Data Service Librarian), and Jiyoon Yoon (Curriculum and Instruction).


Learning Analytics with Peggy Semingson

This group will incorporate the active use of Civitas data analysis and other tools related to learning analytics in one or more courses. We will learn the Civitas system as well as other related data tools to analyze course-specific data and use it to inform instruction as it takes place within the Blackboard LMS. This group will build our own knowledge capacity as it relates to the topic of learning analytics, related tools for analysis and visualization (e.g., Tableau) and then become ambassadors for data-rich learning tools, moving forward. We will also enroll in and complete several MOOC courses (seeking a certificate(s)) related to the topic of learning and data analytics. *Timeline note: The fall semester will focus on being in a learning mode with analytics and Civitas, with a focus on building capacity with group members and planning analytics-focused projects for Spring. Participants will work towards engaging in IRB-approved research with a goal to writing a manuscript to be submitted to a research journal. Group members will also engage with related social media and/or blogging as it relates to online learning.

Fellows include: Kim Breuer (History), Sharon Johnson (Nursing), Cynthia Kilpatrick (TESOL/Linguistics), Melanie Mason (Communication), Mohan Pant (Curriculum and Instruction), Meagan Rodgers (Nursing), Heather Scalf (Assessment Librarian), Regina Urban (Nursing), Kaeli Vandertulip (Literacy and Health Sciences Librarian).


Additional information on Past PLC Activity

2016-2017 PLC – Fellows

2015-2016 PLC – Fellows, Mini-Conference, Descriptions

2014-2015 PLC – Fellows, Mini-Conference, Descriptions

2013-2014 PLC – Fellows, Mini-Conference, Description

2012-2013 PLC – Fellows, Mini-Conference

PLC Fellows Alumni Gallery