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?

UT Arlington’s LINK Research Lab is exploring these questions.

LINK is a research laboratory where researchers, educators, and graduate students connect, share, and collaborate in advancing social and technological networks, designing future learning models, and exploring the future of higher education.

LINK is administratively overseen along with University Analytics, a new UTA unit designed to promote strategic planning, campus-wide decision making, teaching and learning by developing a campus culture of analytics.  The unit provides campus toolsets for performing research analyses and predictive modeling of internal and external data.  UA also works to continue the University’s national and international prominence in the research and use of learning analytics via LINK, and to promote institutional and student success through emerging, complex models of teaching and learning.  University Analytics is led by Dr. Pete Smith, Chief Analytics Officer and Professor, University Studies.