|George Siemens, Ph.D. | Executive Director
Dr. Siemens is an internationally renowned author, researcher, and theorist in the field of learning, knowledge management, and technology. Prior to his move to the United States, he was Associate Director of the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University and Associate Director of Research and Development at the Learning Technologies Centre of the University of Manitoba. He has organized and presented numerous open online courses including two entitled Connectivism and Connective Knowledge. He is a highly sought consultant and keynote presenter, having shared his expertise in over 30 countries. Dr. Siemens holds a doctorate from the University of Aberdeen and a Master of Arts in Distributed Learning (Leadership and Technology) from Royal Roads University. Dr. Siemens oversees all LINK research projects.
|T. Lisa Berry | Director
As an administrator, researcher, and educator, Lisa’s focus is to remove barriers and create opportunities for all students to excel both academically and professionally. Lisa serves as the administrative co-leader of the CIRTL-UTA program (part of the NSF-funded Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning – CIRTL) whose mission is to enhance excellence in undergraduate education through the development of a national faculty committed to implementing and advancing effective teaching practices for diverse learners. Her broad research interest is Feminist Epistemology, specifically how knowledge is shaped, transmitted, and acquired through teaching and learning. She is currently involved in several teaching and learning projects spanning the K-20 environment including completing the dissertation phase of her doctorate degree examining how discourse and structures impact the higher education learning environment in STEM classrooms. LINK Research Projects: CIRTL, SHEILA, OnTask, InterLab.
|Justin T. Dellinger | Associate Director
Justin’s primary roles in the LINK Lab are to oversee online course development, assist with grant management, and coordinate external research collaborations. He also serves as an instructor in the Learning Analytics MicroMasters program in edX. Prior to his current position, Justin worked as LINK’s Research Coordinator where he served as the project manager for learning innovation grants, event coordinator, and professional learning community facilitator. He also has experience as an instructional designer in the Center for Distance Education at UT Arlington. Justin has taught in both K-12 and higher education, and is currently working on his doctorate in the K16 Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program at UT Arlington. He also earned his Master of Arts in History from UT Arlington. His current research focuses on learning analytics policy, multiple-pathways learning, online course design frameworks, and networked knowledge construction. LINK Research Projects: COCOA, dLRN, InterLab, LA MicroMasters, PLC, SHEILA, University Networks.
|Matt Crosslin, Ph.D. | Learning Innovation Researcher
Matt’s current research activities focus on learning theory, innovation, learner empowerment, and learning analytics. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process. Before coming to UTA, he worked in innovative learning centers as well as forward thinking education companies that looked to expand the limits of formal and informal learning. LINK Research Projects: ProSolo, MOOC Design, SHEILA, OnTask, InterLab.
|Heather Burte, Ph.D. | Researcher
Heather’s current research focuses on educational interventions and assessments, STEM education, spatial cognition, and individual differences. Before coming to UTA, she worked at as a post-doctoral scholar at Tufts University. Heather holds a Ph.D. in Psychology and a Master of Arts in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Alberta. Throughout her academic career, Heather’s research has focused on how individuals differ in their spatial thinking. She has approached this topic from a variety of perspectives and within a variety of domains: Within cognitive psychology / geography, she has investigated planning and following route directions, learning new environments, and comparing facing directions. Within cognitive / education psychology, she has researched how spatial training impacts math and physics learning.
|Barbara Crow | Administrative Assistant
In February 2013, I began my career at UTA as an Administrative Assistant I in the Admissions, Records & Registration Department (February 2013). I accepted the position of Administrative Assistant II in the LINK Research Lab in December 2015. I am a native Texan, born in El Paso but grew up in the DFW Metroplex. I began my administrative career working for the City of Irving, Texas, as a records clerk. My goal with each new position is to learn new skills, gain new knowledge, and always aim to be the best at what I do, knowing at the end of the day, I have given my all to my job. From 2011 to 2013, I volunteered at FBC-Grapevine, assisting International students get acclimated to the United States by tutoring them in reading, writing and speaking English. While rewarding to watch them blossom in their new homeland, the knowledge I gained of their home cultures and countries will always influence my life. During my time away from UTA, I enjoy photography (beginning), all sorts of ‘hands-on’ crafts (wood-working, painting, doll making), reading, relaxing in the Colorado mountains with my husband (of 32 years), and being around animals (dogs, cats and horses).