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Wednesday, March 17, 2021 - 10:00am
Adam Fein
Creating MOOC-Based Bachelor Degrees
By: Adam Fein | Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation, University of North Texas

Many students, especially adult students, have started earning a degree but never completed. Merging a stackable into degree programs may be the answer to getting these students the credentials they need to get back into the workforce. In this interview, Adam Fein discusses the University of North Texas’ decision to offer MOOC-based bachelor degrees, how the credential ecosystem can fit into degree development, and the benefits to providing a more stackable model.

Friday, January 29, 2021 - 09:45am
UNT College of Education online master’s programs rise to No. 10 in U.S. News & World Report rankings
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas College of Education online master’s programs are among the nation’s top 10, according to new rankings released by U.S. News & World Report.

The university ranked No. 10 in the nation and No. 2 in Texas on this year’s list of Best Online Master's in Education Programs. Individual education program rankings included No. 13 for UNT’s online master’s in curriculum and instruction and No. 15 for its online master’s in special education. Those programs ranked second and third, respectively, in Texas.

UNT’s College of Education offers seven online master’s-level programs including higher education and special education, in addition to online certification programs in areas such as educational psychology and teacher education and administration.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021 - 09:45am
UNT professor offers ‘best practices’ for work-life balance during pandemic
DENTON (UNT), Texas — Recent research found that COVID-19 caused many full-time employed adults to struggle with work-life balance and work stress, according to University of North Texas Assistant Professor Hoda Vaziri.

Vaziri, who teaches management in the G. Brint Ryan College of Business, evaluated data from full-time employed adults to uncover the impact COVID-19 had on how employees manage their work and family and explore organizational practices that can enhance employee well-being and functioning during such times.

“We found that those who experienced technostress (feeling overwhelmed by new technology), found it particularly difficult to manage their work and family during the pandemic,” Vaziri said. “On the other hand, those who had a compassionate supervisor during the initial stages of the pandemic were better able to manage their work and family roles.”

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 04:00pm
UNT, Merit America team up to help students gain skills needed for in demand careers
Helping students achieve goals to further their education and accelerate their careers.
A new collaboration between University of North Texas and Merit America, a nonprofit organization helping adults without bachelor’s degrees transition into skilled careers, will help students achieve goals to further their education and accelerate their careers.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 - 12:00pm
The Bitter End of Lecture Halls
A new series from Adam Fein, Vice President for Digital Strategy and Innovation at UNT & Tania Heap, Director of Learning Research and Accessibility at UNT on what post-Covid higher education should look like. The first installment urges colleges and universities to put an end to in-person lecture halls. There is so much more we can do with these spaces.

Monday, July 13, 2020 - 01:17pm
30 years later, Dallas Mavericks TV voice nears his college degree
Approximately 30 years after starting college, he is on track to earn his Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences degree from UNT in December.
By Mac Engel,star-telegram.com

He’s 49 with a good-paying job, and Mark Followill does not need his college degree.

When the TV play-by-play voice of the Dallas Mavericks and often FC Dallas left the University of North Texas in 1992, he had 60 credit hours to his name.

“I left to start working because I was 20-something and impatient,” Followill said.

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Monday, June 29, 2020 - 04:15pm
Get Ahead of the Curve: Preparations for a Successful Fall Semester Must Start Now
As higher ed institutions attempt to plan for the fall semester—amid uncertainty and continuous change—it is critical for their instructors to plan for engaging online courses immediately.

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves from an urgent public health crisis to an economic catastrophe, higher education institutions are bracing for long-term impact while working around the clock to continue delivering instruction.

Among faculty and institutional leaders, the collective conversation thus far has been largely focused on moving courses to online delivery this term–and understandably so. But what first felt like a crisis of emergency course design is going to very quickly become a course completion crisis. And we need to be ready.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - 10:45am
Adam Fein
Virtual moderators for more UNT students in the future
By Marshall Reid - Denton Record-Chronicle

More students will be coached by computers over the coming semesters thanks to a growing University of North Texas partnership.

Students in select online classes will have software suggest ways to improve their comments and questions when professors have them post in the online forum.

The program is called Packback, a company started by two college students who were looking to make textbooks more affordable. They’ve pivoted since their appearance on the television show Shark Tank to attempt an improvement in student engagement and critical thinking in online classes.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020 - 01:30pm
UNT Plus Coursera
Coursera named number four in CNBC’s 2020 Disruptor 50 list
In January Coursera partnered with UNT to launch a fully online bachelor’s completion program

In the eighth annual Disruptor 50 list, CNBC identifies private companies whose breakthroughs are influencing business and market competition at an accelerated pace. They are poised to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic with tech platforms that have the power to dominate. The start-ups making the 2020 Disruptor list are at the epicenter of a world changing in previously unimaginable ways, turning ideas in cybersecurity, education, health IT, logistics/delivery, fintech and agriculture into a new wave of billion-dollar businesses. 

Friday, June 05, 2020 - 10:34am
Data Analytics
New online certificate programs
The 15-hour Data Analytics undergraduate and graduate certificate programs could be completed in as little as seven months.

The ability to analyze data and translate it into useful insights and solutions for everything from saving the bees to navigating the new post-coronavirus world is in high demand.

According to “Forbes” magazine, very few people have the skills needed to understand and analyze data effectively despite data analytics being one of the most important tools for any company. To address the demand, the University of North Texas is offering two new fully-online certificates in data analytics starting Summer 2020.