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Free Online Course on Digitizing Higher Education

University of Texas at Arlington is offering free online course on Digitizing Higher Education. This course provides an overview of how digitization impacts the economics, administration, academics, and research practices of universities and colleges.

In this six week course, applicants will explore the impact of digitization on how universities and colleges function administratively and academically. This course will start on September 11, 2017.

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Course At A Glance 

Length: 6 weeks
Effort: 3-5 hours pw
Subject: Education & Teacher Training
Institution: University of Texas at Arlington and edx
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes, Add a Verified Certificate for $59
Session: Course Starts on September 11, 2017

Providers’ Details

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of the nation’s most dynamic centers of higher learning, setting the standard for educational excellence in the thriving North Texas region it calls home.

About This Course

Higher education administrators, faculty, staff, and students will benefit from this course by exploring the emerging structure and role of higher education.

Why Take This Course?

Participants will engage with key trends that are shaping higher education and learn how these trends are amplified by the growing digital structure of society. In order to prepare their institution to become digital, learners will go through processes of evaluating trends, determining impact on education practices, and finally produce a strategic department or organizational planning document.

Learning Outcomes

  • Prominent digital technologies impacting higher education
  • The influence of technology on research practices
  • New models of teaching and learning enabled by digital technologies
  • Making sense of organizational and learning data
  • Creating a digital strategy for your university
  • Monitoring and tracking your progress toward digitization


George Siemens

George is an author, researcher, and theorist in the field of learning, knowledge management, and technology.

Kelvin Bentley

Dr. Kelvin Bentley has held different administrative positions overseeing online learning initiatives for different colleges and universities.

Shirley Alexander

Shirley is responsible for leading the achievement of the University’s key priorities in teaching and learning, the student experience and the use of data analytics in all aspects of the university’s work.

Abelardo Pardo

Abelardo’s research interests include the design and deployment of technology to increase the understanding and improve digital learning experiences.



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