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UT Arlington to offer its first edX course this fall

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Monday, June 16, 2014

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

News Topics: classes, computer science, education, Internet

The University of Texas at Arlington will offer its first edX online course in Fall 2014, making it the second UT System institution to team with the provider of free Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs.

George Siemens

George Siemens, director of UT Arlington's LINK lab

The new, nine-week course – called “Data, Analytics and Learning” - will begin Oct. 20. Registration is available here: https://www.edx.org/school/utarlingtonx.

"Data analytics and how they can be used to improve teaching and learning are some of the most active areas in educational research,” said Pete Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning. “UT Arlington is taking a leadership role in learning analytics with the opening of its new Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge or LINK lab. We are proud to kick off campus participation in edX with this course.”

Smith said the UT Arlington edX MOOC will allow learners around the world to engage with LINK lab executive director George Siemens, a leader in the online education community and originator of the MOOC model.

MOOCs have caught the attention of millions of learners in the last few years. EdX, founded by MIT and Harvard, has been one of the leaders in the field, teaming with universities in the U.S. and abroad to offer more than 175 courses. The University of Texas System announced it was becoming an edX member in 2012 and several edX courses were offered through UT Austin in 2013.

Students who sign up for the new UT Arlington MOOC can choose to simply audit the free course, deciding how much they will or won’t participate. They can also try for an edX certificate by satisfactorily participating in all class activities.

In addition to Siemens, other course instructors include: Carolyn Rosé, associate professor at Carnegie Mellon University; Dragan Gasevic, associate professor at Athabasca University in Canada; and Ryan Baker, associate professor at Teachers College Columbia University.

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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