Dr. Peggy Semingson joined UT Arlington in 2008. Her research focuses on digital pedagogies as well as students who face challenges in literacy learning. Dr. Semingson uses extensive videoconference and digital mentoring tools to offer highly personalized, one-on-one learning for graduate students in complete online settings. Additionally, she conducts bi-weekly webinars with undergraduate teacher candidates in an online venue.
The Center for Distance Education
at The University of Texas at Arlington was founded in 1997 with a staff of three half-time employees and has since grown to meet the increasing demand for online courses. The center now hosts a staff of ten full-time employees providing a full range of services to support both faculty teaching and students enrolled in online courses.
The Center for Distance Education (CDE) at The University of Texas at Arlington enables the delivery of quality instruction online. The center supports both students and faculty in the use of emerging digital learning technologies and collaboration methods, and provides faculty support for making practical and effective use of digital learning technologies. This support includes assistance in designing, developing, implementing, training, and evaluating effective instructional and learning technologies that will improve learning outcomes in technologically enhanced traditional and nontraditional learning environments.
The center aspires to be a nationally/internationally recognized leader of quality online education degrees grounded in sound pedagogy, centered on service to students and faculty, committed to building effective online learning communities, and delivered through leading edge technology. CDE will partner with faculty seeking excellence in their teaching online and hybrid courses through assessment and national standards for academic quality online; be a resource to faculty and program administrators driving the use of learning analytics, including student learning outcomes; encourage nationally/internationally recognized quality in digital student services; and serve as a catalyst to transitioning traditional campus services to the online student.
UT Arlington is committed to ensuring that undergraduate students take a common core of courses during their tenure at the University. These “core courses” are central to any career they might choose, providing basic skills, perspectives, and knowledge, and are required to satisfy any undergraduate degree the University offers. All of UT Arlington’s core courses are available online.
|Core Curriculum Online|
|6 Hours of English||ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302|
|3 Hours of Literature||ENGL 2309, ENGL 2319, ENGL 2329|
|3 Hours of Liberal Arts Elective||CRCJ 2334, CTEC 2300, GERM 2313, GERM 2314, SPAN 2313, SPAN 2314|
|6 Hours of US History||HIST 1311, HIST 1312|
|6 Hours of Political Science||POLS 2311, POLS 2312|
|6 Hours of Mathematics||MATH 1302, MATH 1308|
|8 Hours of Lab Science||ASTR 1445, ASTR1446, BIOL 1433, BIOL 1434, GEOL 1425, GEOL 1426|
|3 Hours of Social/Cultural Studies||ECON 2305|
|3 Hours of Fine Arts||No courses currently available|
Additionally, UT Arlington offers a wide range of individual online classes and fully-online degrees.
|Online Courses and Degrees|
|The Bachelor’s Completion Degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice|
|Registered Nurse to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)|
|Bachelor of Science Nursing (BSN)|
|Professional Nursing Pathways Program|
|Master of Science in Nursing Administration (MSN)|
|Master of Science in Nursing Education|
|Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an Emphasis in Literacy Studies|
|Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Mathematics Education|
|Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Science Education|
|Master of Education in Educational Leadership & Policy Studies|
|Master of Public Administration (MPA)|
In April 2013, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) honored two University of Texas at Arlington professors for their efforts to promote the development and application of online education.
Dr. Peggy Semingson, assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education and Health Professions, received the organization’s Platinum level Best Practices Award for Excellence in Distance Learning Teaching.
Dr. Samuel H. “Pete” Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning, received the Outstanding Leadership by an Individual in the Field of Distance Learning Award.
The USDLA has previously recognized UT Arlington for its online education efforts, but this is the first time the University has received platinum level, the organization’s highest honor.
Dr. Pete Smith joined UT Arlington in 1992 as director of the Language Acquisition Center in the Department of Modern Languages, and as a specialist in Russian. He went on to found UT Arlington’s Center for Distance Education, which opened in 1997. Under Dr. Smith’s leadership, the center has grown to offer innovative programs such as the Finish@UT degree, which helps adults complete their undergraduate degrees.
Our instructional technology specialists troubleshoot technical problems faculty and students may encounter within their online courses and help with how-to questions. Beyond faculty and student support, our support team works closely with Blackboard Corporation to address needed enhancements to our learning management system and issues arising from any software errors that may occur. The team administers Blackboard, configures its settings, schedules upgrades and patch installations, and installs and tests building blocks and other software integrations. They strive to keep this work as transparent as possible so faculty and students may focus on teaching and learning.
Support Requests Addressed
During the 2012–2013 Academic Year our technical support team addressed more than 6,000 support requests from our students and faculty. We take great pride in the low support request volume relative to the more than 35,000 students and faculty using Blackboard Learn every day.
See Also: Online Education Growth Charts
This year CDE hired a data analyst to meet a growing demand for data and reporting as they relate to the matriculation, retention, and success of online students. We are in the process of acquiring and introducing new data analytics tools to empower students, faculty, and academic administrators with data-on-demand to enable metric-informed academic decisions and planning.
Blackboard Collaborate provides instructors and students Web based video, audio, and text conferencing. With it courses can now be held synchronously online, and students are able to interact with each other and the course instructor in real time.
UT Arlington has engaged in a very successful public-private partnership for online course delivery. The Academic Partnerships program began in Fall 2008 with degree and certificate programs in the College of Nursing and the College of Education and Health Professions. This partnership markets our degree programs to diverse student populations and provides degrees in accelerated formats at reduced prices, reducing the time required to receiving a degree. Eight different programs and/or certificates are currently offered in this format. The University has seen exponentially increased enrollments in these programs since its inception. We expect increased partnership program participation with additional colleges on campus.
Professional e-Learning Community
Faculty selected for the Professional e-Learning Community program work together in an interdisciplinary collegial setting to explore and implement strategies and activities that promote student engagement, particularly through the use of technology tools for teaching.
See Also: Professional e-Learning Community Web site
Finish@UT is a fully online bachelor’s degree completion program designed to help students advance in their careers, achieve personal academic goals, and meet their standards of quality education. With several degree options, they are able to choose areas of concentration that meet their interests and career objectives. As UT Arlington graduates of the Finish@UT program, their diplomas come from an accredited UT institution and have the same value as those of an on-campus degree program.
See Also: Finish@UT Annual Report 2013
UT System Online Consortium (UTOC)
Every semester, thousands of students choose online learning with University of Texas System institutions as an option to expand their educational opportunities. The majority of programs offered by UT institutions can be completed entirely online. Some programs lead to a degree, endorsement, or certificate conferred by the participating institution, while others are a grouping of courses. Online courses follow a semester-based schedule. All UT institutions are accredited by the The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
See Also: UTOC Web site
The Center for Distance Education remains at the forefront of quality and innovation, with online programs garnering accolades and faculty teachers receiving four consecutive U.S. Distance Learning Association awards for quality, UT Arlington being the only institution nationally that has been so honored.
The Sloan Consortium (Sloan-C) is an institutional and professional leadership organization dedicated to integrating online education into the mainstream of higher education, helping institutions and individual educators improve the quality, scale, and breadth of online education. Membership in the Sloan Consortium provides knowledge, practice, community, and direction for educators. The Sloan Consortium has recognized outstanding work in the field of online education through an annual awards process since 2001.
Quality Matters (QM) is a faculty-centered, peer review process that is designed to certify the quality of online and blended courses. QM is a leader in quality assurance for online education and has received national recognition for its peer-based approach and continuous improvement in online education and student learning.
United States Distance Learning Association
In 1987, the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) was founded on the premise of creating a powerful alliance to meet the burgeoning education and training needs of learning communities via new concepts through the fusion of communication technologies with learning in broad multidiscipline applications. As such, USDLA supports distance learning research, development and praxis across the complete arena of education, training and communications. USDLA provides annual recognition and awards of outstanding achievements in distance learning.
Texas Distance Learning Association
The Texas Distance Learning Association is the non-profit state chapter of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) was the first organization in Texas to bridge the boundaries between the diverse range of professionals interested in the field of distance learning. TxDLA awards are given each year to honor outstanding teachers, TxDLA members, individuals and organizations who are working diligently to grow programs and to utilize distance learning in exemplary ways.
Michael Schmid (Manager)
Scott Massey (Manager)
| INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN
| DATA AND REPORTING
| DIRECTOR OF DISTANCE EDUCATION
| VICE PROVOST OF DIGITAL TEACHING AND LEARNING
Dr. Pete Smith
THE CENTER FOR DISTANCE EDUCATION
Arlington, Texas 76019-0027