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CIRTL Forty-six research universities that produce one-third of U.S. doctoral degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields now are members of the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL), established in 2003 with support from the National Science Foundation to improve the teaching skills and increase the diversity of future STEM university faculty members.
CLA Australian Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching, Innovation & Development Scheme awarded LINK along with four other international institutions AU$320,000 to create a Connected Learning Analytics (CLA) toolkit, an open source solution for aggregating and then analyzing data from standard social media environments.
COCOA The COCOA National Science Foundation Big Data Grant will be utilized to examine environments that many people engage in independently to learn computing, online communities, and massive open online courses (MOOCs). This activity could be very compelling as people come to these environments because they have personal goals to learn the material.
dLRN The Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) is a $1.6m grant, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, exploring how to more rapidly move innovative research out of academic labs and into practice. Under the leadership of the University of Texas at Arlington, dLRN is focused on solving practical and pressing challenges for learner success, including underrepresented students.
Emotional Learning Analytics The Emotional Learning Analytics study examines students’ affective engagement, disposition, and performance in the use of educational videos. Data collection for this study will begin in May 2017 at the University of South Australia.
IDEAS Center The aim of the IDEAS Center project is to take the IDEAS Center, which currently exists only as a physical space at the University of Texas at Arlington, and create a digital component to it that is available to all students.
InterLab InterLab conveys deep research expertise and interdisciplinary knowledge to address intractable problems relating to human development. By utilizing interdisciplinary research, InterLab engages in complex social problems.
K-12 Learning Analytics The K-12 Learning Analytics project will investigate the adoption and implementation of large-scale learning data and analytics projects in schools. The goal is to develop a research-informed model that can help schools identify needs specific to their context, remove barriers to adoption, reduce overall costs, and ultimately, improve student outcomes.
Learning Analytics Series Participants that complete the Learning Analytics Series will have the opportunity to earn advanced credit in a fully-online master’s program at UTA. The Series has ten courses that will help learners develop highly sought after data and learning science skills that are applicable to positions in K-12, higher education, non-profits, corporations, and the military. The first course will run April 2018.
MOOCs Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have created a surge of interest in the future of higher education in recent years. The “massive” nature of these courses indicates that they are attracting unprecedented numbers of students. For example, in an 18 month period, leading MOOC providers edX and Coursera enrolled nearly 10 million learners in close to 1000 courses.
OnTask Scaling the Provision of Personalized Learning Support Actions to Large Student Cohorts, or the OnTask Project is a two-year project started in 2016 to addresses the challenges faced by Australian Higher institutions to improve the quality of the student experience within the context of increasing enrollment numbers over the past years.
Partnerships The LINK Research Lab has partnered with various major corporation and universities to continue to expand its research profile. These collaborations have provided new avenues for research and development.
Social Media and Smartphones By looking at the use of Social Media and Smartphones seeks LINK intends to investigate the complex interplay among social media, smartphone use, and interpersonal relationship formation.
University Networks University Networks is an InterLab project that uses a networked approach to assist higher education institutions that want to digitize. This process will help institutions efficiently and effectively transform, as well as meet the needs of the 21st-century labor market. Institutions own their transformation, but also share lessons learned with peers and work with strategic partners for tight integration and local capacity building.