UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab

Professional Learning Community Program

Sponsored by the Division of Digital Teaching and Learning, and the Division of Faculty Affairs; facilitated by Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) Research Lab, and the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (CTLE)

Faculty and staff selected for the program will work together in themed communities under the guidance of a facilitator to explore and implement strategies, activities, and projects that improve the learning experience at UTA. Collaboration will take place through on-campus and online sessions among the group members and with national and international leaders in educational technology. Participants will have the opportunity to funnel their experiences and insights gained back to their colleagues locally by presentations and discussions at conferences and workshops. Each participant will plan, conduct, and evaluate a project based on the group theme. Expectations, benefits, and calendar of events are linked below. Applicants are encouraged to carefully consider their schedules and responsibilities before applying. Application deadline is close-of-business on August 3, 2015.

The PLC groups for academic year 2015-16 are:

  • Blended Learning with Nakia S. Pope, sponsored by Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence
    Blended Learning is typically understood to be learning in which part of the face to face instruction is replaced by online learning. It goes by many other names -- hybrid courses, mixed mode learning -- but the idea is the digital technology replaces or enhances some face-to-face time. That's nice, but what does that mean? Why would I want to move anything online? What should I move online? How do I do it? This PLC explores Blended Learning, focusing on questions of course design and available digital tools for creating engaging learning opportunities. Participation includes group attendance in the Teaching Professor Technology Conference 2015, October 2-4, New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Synchronous Learning in a Digital Environment with Peggy Semingson, sponsored by LINK Lab
    Create real-time teaching scenarios where the active learning happens in real time! This professional learning community will focus on synchronous learning (e.g., videoconferencing and instant messenger chat); using it in digital contexts has the power to facilitate personalized and engaged learning for students and teacher(s). Learn best practices and build confidence for managing the virtual "real time" classroom experience. Participation includes group attendance in the Teaching Professor Technology Conference 2015, October 2-4, New Orleans, Louisiana.

For additional information, contact the facilitator of each group: Nakia S. Pope or Peggy Semingson.

Click here for the application form to the program. You will first be prompted to log into the form with your Net ID. After completing some basic identifying information, you will be asked to make a personal statement about your background and experiences, and describe a potential project that you might conduct which connects to the theme of your preferred groups. If you have trouble logging in to the application form, please contact the LINK lab administrative assistant Holly Zander (

Thank you for your interest!

Learning Innovation and Knowledge Research Lab