UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab

Staff and Fellows

George Siemens, Executive DirectorGeorge Siemens, Executive Director
UT Arlington welcomes Dr. Siemens, an internationally renowned author, researcher, and theorist in the field of learning, knowledge management, and technology as the executive director the LINK Research Lab. 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.

Laurel Mayo, DirectorLaurel Springer Mayo, Director
Ms. Mayo joins the LINK Lab team coming from Texas Wesleyan University as their Title III Activity Director and Learning Specialist. She has a background in teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has served as an external examiner in French at Drake University as well as a language mentor for a federally funded grant, Virtual Language Study, (VLS). One of her favorite areas of expertise is faculty development, especially technology applied to teaching and learning. She enjoys assisting faculty as they discover new ways to connect students to their discipline. She spent several years as the Managing Coordinator for faculty training program in Distance Learning at Tarrant County College in which faculty were guided in transforming their traditional courses into online courses while learning how to navigate the college’s course management system. Her current duties include facilitation of the Professional Learning Community (PLC). Mayo holds a Master of Arts from UT Arlington.


Summer Fellows 2014

Mohan D. PantMohan D. Pant
Assistant Professor-Research Methodology

Dr. Mohan D. Pant is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Texas at Arlington where he teaches courses in research methodology. His research interests are in the fields of applied mathematics and statistics, statistical computing, Bayesian statistics, secondary data analysis, and educational statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Statistics and Educational Measurement and an M.S. in Mathematics from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, IL, USA, in 2011 and 2006, respectively.


Peggy SemingsonPeggy Semingson
Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction

Dr. Semingson is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction. She teaches courses (mostly online) at the undergraduate and graduate level in Literacy Studies. Her primary area of focus in teaching includes elementary literacy instruction as well as courses in writing pedagogies at the K-12 level. Her research interests include the ways that we can use digital pedagogies to engage pre-service and in-service teachers to most effectively help them to teach literacy in their current and future classroom settings. Within this area, she is interested in socially distributed knowledge sharing that takes place online, distributed cognition, and video-mediated (e.g., YouTube) discussion and dialogue.


PLC Fellows 2013-2014

Jeanean Boyd, College of Nursing
Stephanie Cole, College of Liberal Arts, History
David Coursey, School of Urban and Public Affairs, Public Administration
Steve Gibbs, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering
William "BJ" Gunn, University College, FIGs and Learning Communities
Andy Herzog, Library, Digital Experience
Jeff McGee, College of Business, Management
Diane Mitschke, School of Social Work, Health and Mental Health
Jennifer Roye, College of Nursing, Pediatric Care
Lana Rings, Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, German and Language Acquisition
Jiyoon Yoon, College of Education, Curriculum and Instruction Science Education

PLC Fellows 2012-2013





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