The University of Texas at Arlington  will host an international conference Dec. 5 and 6 where scholars focused on Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs will bring their most up-to-date research and connect with policy makers and consumers.
The conference is funded by a $97,200 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to UT Arlington and will be titled "MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning." It is a collaborative event with the MOOC Research Initiative, a project at Canada's University of Athabasca that also was funded by the Gates Foundation. The MOOC Research Initiative recently awarded grants of $10,000 to $25,000 for the worldwide study of MOOCs as a learning tool.
"UT Arlington's national reputation and leadership in online education continues to expand in exciting and innovative ways and we are committed to fostering research-based approaches," said Samuel H. "Pete" Smith, vice provost for digital teaching and learning at the University. "With thousands of online students in Texas and around the globe, it is critical that our faculty and staff be engaged in these worldwide discussions and research efforts."
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