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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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Questioning MOOCs

Some educators are continuing to question the quality of Massive Open Online Courses, also known as MOOCs, Inside Higher Ed reported after a Coursera instructor deleted course content for his MOOC students to make a point. The move caused confusion rather than awareness, though. George Siemens, a researcher based at The University of Texas at Arlington, said, “Coursera has been revealed as a house of cards in terms of governance and procedures for dealing with unusual situations,” Siemens wrote in a blog post

Middle East unrest

About 400 people protested Israeli violence in the Middle East, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. Israel and Hamas have been exchanging missile fire during the last several days. Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said another round of violence was predictable. He said all the Israelis want is something they call “quiet.”

Reaching young voters

The African American Museum’s Community Conversation Monday night focused on “How To Get the Black Vote Out,” the Dallas Examiner reported. Arielle Clarkson, UT Arlington student and community activist, and Mercedes Fulbright, a UT Arlington graduate student and community activist, were part of the panel for the event. Clarkson and Fulbright discussed the characteristics of the young voter – the Millennial and Y Generation – and what it will take to engage this demographic in voting.

First class achievers

Sixteen years after its first class, the list of Richard Greene Scholars covers a broad spectrum of achievement, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Students spend six-week internships at City Hall, the Arlington school district administration building, the Arlington Chamber of Commerce, The University of Texas at Arlington, the North Central Texas Council of Governments, Mission Arlington, and the Living Science Center at River Legacy Parks.