Online conference to examine corporate learning and MOOCs


The University of Texas at Arlington is teaming with CorpU, a talent development company for major businesses, to host a two-day virtual conference on corporate learning and Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, June 18 and 19.

The event, called “MOOCs: Scaling Corporate Learning,” is free and open to the public. Featured panelists and keynote presenters will include representatives from Google, AXA, the World Bank, Coursera and others.

George Siemens, executive director of UT Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge (LINK) lab, said the conference will address a topic that is often ignored.

“When we look at how technology influences the knowledge development process, one of the areas that is often overlooked by universities is learning and development in corporate settings,” said Siemens, an online learning expert known as a pioneer of the MOOC structure. “The hard boundaries between formal learning and corporate learning are not as defined as they once were, and as a result of that there’s an opportunity to better define that relationship.”

UT Arlington’s Division of Digital Teaching and Learning established the LINK lab earlier this year as a home for research on the evolution of online learning, especially as it relates to higher education’s future. Siemens said the conference with CorpU “will give us the opportunity to understand what’s happening and apply it to future situations.”

More information about conference speakers and topics and a registration form is at http://web.corpu.com/online-symposium-0 .

About UT Arlington

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution and the second largest institution in The University of Texas System. The Chronicle of Higher Education ranked UT Arlington as the seventh fastest-growing public research university in 2013. U.S. News & World Report ranks UT Arlington fifth in the nation for undergraduate diversity. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

Media contact: Traci Peterson, tpeterso@uta.edu, 817-272-9208

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