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Online conference to examine corporate learning and MOOCs

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

News Topics: business, education, innovation, Internet

The University of Texas at Arlington is teaming with CorpU, a leadership development company for major businesses, to host a two-day virtual conference on corporate learning and Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, June 18 and 19.

George Siemens

George Siemens, executive director of UT Arlington's LINK lab

The event, called “MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning,” is free and open to the public. Featured panelists and keynote presenters will include representatives from Google, AXA, the World Bank, Coursera and others.

George Siemens, executive director of UT Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab, said the conference will address a topic that is often ignored.

“When we look at how technology influences the knowledge development process, one of the areas that is often overlooked by universities is learning and development in corporate settings,” said Siemens, an online learning expert known as a pioneer of the MOOC structure. “The hard boundaries between formal learning and corporate learning are not as defined as they once were, and as a result of that there’s an opportunity to better define that relationship.”

UT Arlington’s Division of Digital Teaching and Learning established the LINK lab earlier this year as a home for research on the evolution of online learning, especially as it relates to higher education’s future. Siemens said the conference with CorpU “will give us the opportunity to understand what’s happening and apply it to future situations.”

A partner with the world’s leading business and academic organizations, CorpU is pioneering new approaches to virtual learning communities that connect people to capture knowledge, solve problems, generate ideas, teach and learn.

“Businesses are seeing an increasing need to continue the education process in a corporate setting and events like these allow community leaders in business, education and technology to discuss the best possible ways to make that happen,” said Alan Todd, CEO of CorpU. “We’re looking forward to participating in this conversation and sharing our own experiences in how we’ve helped major corporations facilitate these unique learning environments."

More information about conference speakers and topics and a registration form is at http://web.corpu.com/online-symposium-0.

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