Create Your Own Domain for Learner Hubs, Flexible Portfolios, and More with UTA Cloud

Have you ever wanted to try out new ideas and tools beyond the usual ones we all use at UTA? Did you know there is service available for free to UTA faculty, staff, and students with over 100 one-click install tools that you can use to create websites, learning hubs, portfolios, and more? This session will look at a tool called UTA Cloud, a locally supported instance of Domain of One’s Own, which promotes the development of web literacy and digital identity by providing users with their own website and resources to help the customize it based on their needs. Domain of One’s Own was also featured in an Educause “7 Things You Should Know About…” series. You and your students can set up accounts that will then allow each of you to install such tools as WordPress, Omeka, and more in a snap. We will examine ways to use these tools to create learners hubs, portfolios, assignment banks, and many other advanced course design methodologies. Make sure to sign up for a UTA Cloud account before the session!

The session occurred on November 20, from 12:00 until 1:00 pm, in the LINK Research Lab (246 Nedderman Hall).

This event was sponsored by the Center for Research on Teaching and Learning Excellence and the LINK Research Lab.

Dr. Matt CrosslinDr. Matt Crosslin

Matt Crosslin, Ph.D. is a Learning Innovation Researcher with the LINK Research Lab. Matt’s current research activities focus on learning theory, innovation, learner empowerment, and learning analytics. Matt holds a Ph.D. in Learning Technologies from the University of North Texas, a Master of Education in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville, and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Baylor University. His research interests include instructional design, learning pathways, sociocultural theory, heutagogy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and open networked learning. He has a background in instructional design and teaching at both the secondary and university levels and has been an active blogger and conference presenter. He also enjoys networking and collaborative efforts involving faculty, students, administration, and anyone involved in the education process. Before coming to UTA, he worked in innovative learning centers as well as forward thinking education companies that looked to expand the limits of formal and informal learning.

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