Dr. Quan Nguyen to Speak on Temporal Learning Analytics

Please join us for a presentation by Dr. Quan Nguyen, Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Educational Data Science at the University of Michigan School of Information, on January 17 in the LINK Research Lab (12:30-1:30pm). Dr. Nguyen will speak on using temporal analytics to detect inconsistencies between learning design and student engagement. Lunch will be provided!…

2018-2019 Professional Learning Community Program

For Academic Year 2018-2019, the Professional Learning Communities will continue to be a part of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Quality Enhancement Plan. We invite applications from UTA faculty and staff who are interested in effectively fostering teamwork and collaboration with students. For more information on the call for applicants, please visit http://www.uta.edu/qep/news/index.php. The…

Nia Dowell to Present on Group Communication Analysis

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LINK Research Lab Presentation Dr. Nia Dowell Group communication analysis: A computational linguistics approach for detecting sociocognitive roles in multi-party interactions Wednesday, January 24th, 12:00-1:00pm, Nedderman Hall 246   The learning sciences field is in need of new automated methodological approaches that offer deeper insights into the dynamics of learner interactions and discourse across online…

LINK Research Updates

The LINK Lab had a busy spring and summer with researchers collaborating internationally on a number of studies and presenting at national and international conferences. In March, Dr. Catherine Spann, James Schaeffer, and Justin T. Dellinger took part in the 7th International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference (LAK17) in Vancouver, British Columbia. Dr. Spann presented…

2017-2018 PLC Program

For Academic Year 2017-2018, the Professional Learning Communities will be a part of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Quality Enhancement Plan. For more information on the call for applicants and new program details, please visit http://www.uta.edu/qep/news/index.php. The deadline to apply is September 22, 2017. Please contact Dr. Andrew Clark, QEP Director, if you would…

David Wiley Recording Available

We have posted a link to the recording of David Wiley’s talk on Open Educational Resources on the LINK website at: https://mattcrosslin.com/archives/linklab/e…/guest-speakers/dr-david-wiley/. If you couldn’t join us, check it out! Also, if you have missed a previous LINK Lab event, we have recorded many of them and they are available at https://mattcrosslin.com/archives/linklab/events/previous/ or https://mattcrosslin.com/archives/linklab/events/videos/

PLC Virtual Mini-Conference, April 24-26

We are currently in day two of our Professional Learning Communities Virtual Mini-Conference and we invite you to check out this year’s projects. There is a lot of great work and we would love to get some feedback about our research going forward. Please check out the link below! https://mattcrosslin.com/archives/linklab/plc-2017miniconference/ For more information about our…

Reflection on LWMOOC3

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A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending and presenting at Learning with MOOCs III at the University of Pennsylvania. I missed the first year of the conference, but enjoyed presenting at the second event at Teachers College. Last year’s talk primarily focused on multiple pathways research coming out of the 2014 DALMOOC and I received some good feedback. This year, Matt Crosslin and I presented on multiple pathways/customizable modalities research that also included data from the 2015 HumanMOOC and ongoing work from my for-credit fully-online history courses at the University of Texas at Arlington. Our program session on Multiple Learning Pathways was full of lively discussion and I enjoyed hearing from the other presenters. From the questions, I could glean that most see the value in attempting this level of personalized learning, but simultaneously recognize the challenges. I am excited that I get to continue my research going forward (in particular collaborating with Dragan Gasevic, Nikola Milikic, and Kim Breuer.) For more information on customizable modalities pathways courses, please see Matt’s blog.

Here is the link to the rest of my post: http://jtdellinger.com/general/reflection-on-lwmooc3/


Five Days of Pokemon (or So I Thought)

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After Pokemon Go came out, I prepared myself for the onslaught of articles pertaining to the application of the game to education. Audrey Watters best summed up my feelings in a singe tweet:

Oh god. Someone has already written the “how Pokemon Go will revolutionize education” article

— Audrey Watters (@audreywatters) July 10, 2016

Regardless, I decided to see if there was any substance to the notion and I started playing on July 27. I planned to play for just five days and finish on the 31st, but life was extremely busy at the time and I kept playing past my self-imposed deadline. Most of the aforementioned articles popped up in July and August (ex: http://www.tcea.org/blog/pokemon-go/, http://www.edutopia.org/discussion/educational-potential-pokemon-go, http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/08/03/educators-weigh-learning-value-of-pokemon-go.html and my contribution is definitely late to the game. My post highlights my positive and negative experiences, as well as a few ways that an educator could consider utilizing the app. Here is some more information if you have the inkling!

Happy hunting!