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Fall 2014

Inquiry Magazine Archive

  • Spring 2016

    Spring 2016: Premium Blend

    Found in everything from space shuttles to dental fillings, composite materials have thoroughly infiltrated modern society. But their potential is still greatly untapped, offering researchers ample opportunity for discovery.

  • Fall 2015

    Fall 2015: Collision Course

    Within the particle showers created at the Large Hadron Collider, answers to some of the universe’s mysteries are waiting.

  • Spring 2015

    Spring 2015: Almost Human

    Model systems like pigeons can help illuminate our own evolutionary and genomic history.

  • Fall 2014

    Fall 2014: Small Wonder

    UT Arlington's tiny windmills are bringing renewable energy to a whole new scale.

  • Winter 2014

    Winter 2014: Overdue for an Overhaul

    The stability of our highways, pipelines, and even manholes is reaching a breaking point.

  • 2012

    2012: Mystery solved?

    Scientists believe they have discovered a subatomic particle that is crucial to understanding the universe.

  • 2011

    2011: Boosting brain power

    UT Arlington researchers unlock clues to the human body’s most mysterious and complex organ.

  • 2010

    2010: Powered by genetics

    UT Arlington researchers probe the hidden world of microbes in search of renewable energy sources.

  • 2009

    2009: Winning the battle against pain

    Wounded soldiers are benefiting from Robert Gatchel’s program that combines physical rehabilitation with treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

  • 2009

    2007: Sensing a solution

    Tiny sensors implanted in the body show promise in combating acid reflux disease, pain and other health problems.

  • 2006

    2006:Semiconductors: The next generation

    Nanotechnology researchers pursue hybrid silicon chips with life-saving potential.

  • 2005

    2005: Imaging is everything

    Biomedical engineers combat diseases with procedures that are painless to patients.

Wild Web

Education 2.0

Research lab to examine online learning, the changes it requires, and the challenges it brings 

For some students, lecture halls are a thing of the past. Thanks to the plethora of online classes and Massive Open Online Courses available at UTA and other universities, students can earn degrees without ever leaving their homes. But what does this radical shift in educational practices mean for the future of learning?

That’s what a new lab at UT Arlington is investigating. The Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, or LINK lab, aims to enhance understanding of traditional universities’ roles in the online learning environment, explore alternative teaching and learning models, and examine the growing influence of data and analytics on higher education.

Opened earlier this year, the LINK lab is headed by digital learning innovator George Siemens. He and other organizers envision the lab as becoming “an intellectual and social springboard to engage faculty in advancing their field of study through research, development, and application to practice.”

Another goal is the development of a digital learning research network that includes collaborations with other organizations and institutions. Dr. Siemens and his team already have made progress in that effort, as the University hosted an important conference on Massive Open Online Courses in December 2013 that was sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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