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UFTL 2015

UFTL 2015 - Measuring The Pulse, Learning Analytics

About the UFTL

UNT's University Forum on Teaching & Learning (UFTL) is a half-day event designed to enable faculty, graduate teaching fellows, and staff involved in supporting teaching and learning to engage in open dialogue about the challenges of teaching and to share ideas and practices that improve teaching effectiveness.

The keynote speaker for the 2015 UFTL is George Siemens, Ph.D., an internationally known educator, theorist, and researcher on learning in the digital age. In additional to authoring numerous articles on open education, ePortfolios, and learning analytics, he has published two books: Connectivism: A Learning Theory for the Digital Age and Knowing Knowledge. Since 2013, Siemens has served as the Executive Director of the LINK Lab at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he and participants explore how traditional universities’ role is affected by online learning and the growing influence of data and analytics on higher education practices.

The University Forum on Teaching & Learning is sponsored by the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign (CLEAR). The UFTL is free and open to all UNT faculty, staff, teaching fellows and assistants, and invited guests from area colleges and universities.

Keynote Address: Learning Analytics: Advancing the Science of Learning

George Siemens, Ph.D

The use of data to improve organizational performance has been demonstrated in business, healthcare, and other sectors. In higher education, learning analytics show potential for similar impact in understanding granular learning (impact of specific activities engaged in during the learning process) and large scale performance (systemic effectiveness and competitiveness with peer institutions). This presentation will explore how learning analytics is contributing to the development of the learning sciences as well systemic change and institutional effectiveness in serving student needs.

Faculty Panel: Learning Analytics in Practice


Learning analytics is commonly used in higher education circles these days. But how does it really work in the classroom? This panel of innovative UNT faculty members will discuss how they have used various best practices, tools, and technologies to better understand what's happening with their students and in their classes.

Mike Simmons, Ph.D.
Senior Associate Director
Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign

Robby A. Petros, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor-Chemistry
College of Arts and Sciences

Rebecca Yates, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor-Speech & Hearing Sciences
College of Public Affairs and Community Service

Jason Simon, Ph.D.
Associate Vice Provost
Institutional Research & Effectiveness

Faculty Panel: Do my grade distributions reflect my students’ learning? Or is it really all about me?

In this interactive panel session, UNT faculty discuss the challenge of assigning grades fairly while maintaining academic rigor.They will also share if and how end-of-course grade distributions are used in their departments. Discussion will include the utility of DFWI rates and various factors that may influence grade distributions.

James Conover, Ph.D.
Professor-Finance, Insurance, Real Estate and Law
College of Business

Brenda McCoy, Ph.D.
Senior Lecturer-Community and Professional Programs
Chair-Community and Professional Programs
College of Public Administration and Community Service

James Meernik, Ph.D.
Professor-Political Science
College of Arts and Sciences

Lew Taylor, Ph.D.
College of Business

Jennifer Lane, M.A.
Associate Professor-Performance
College of Music

  UFTL 2015