UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Graduate fellowship started
Laxmi and Raj Mrig have endowed a $100,000 graduate fellowship for UT Arlington electrical engineering students, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported. Laxmi Mrig earned his master's degree at UTA.
Analyzing machine learning
Jeff Lei, a University of Texas at Arlington computer scientist, has earned a three-year, $385,000 grant from the National Institute of Standards and Technology to analyze both how machine learning systems make decisions and what happens when they make wrong ones, U.S. Fed News reported.
Large-scale online courses called MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) can get millions of registered users over time. But one online learning pioneer, Stephen Downes, says that these free resources are not living up to their full potential to help students and professors, EdSurge reported. Downes has a special relationship to MOOCs. He co-taught the very first one, back in 2008, with George Siemens, who is now the executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington. Their course inspired both the term MOOCs and a whole new industry.