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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.

Wednesday, February 05, 2020 - 01:33pm
America's Team, Your University. UNT is a Proud Partner of the Dallas Cowboys.
University of North Texas and the Dallas Cowboys launch innovative online M.B.A.
DENTON (UNT), Texas — The business acumen that turned a $140 million investment 30 years ago into a $5.5 billion company today soon will be in a virtual classroom.
The University of North Texas, a Carnegie Tier One research institution, and the Dallas Cowboys, named the most valuable sports franchise in the world by Forbes, have created a Master of Business Administration degree that the two organizations will begin offering in Fall 2020.

Friday, January 24, 2020 - 10:00am
UNT + Coursera Online Bachelor of Applied Arts & Sciences
UNT B.A.A.S. program on Coursera
insidehighered.com: A New Player in the College Completion Market
MOOC platform Coursera is teaming up with the University of North Texas to offer an online bachelor’s degree aimed at working adults with some college credit.

Monday, November 04, 2019 - 10:00am
How AI is Shaping Online Discussion Quality
Written by: Adam Fein, VP for Digital Strategy and Innovation at UNT

Discussion forums have been a key feature of online and technology-enhanced courses for over 20 years. There is a breadth of information and best practices guidelines on ways to use discussion forums in online learning environments. Online discussion is an important area of research in both the scholarship of teaching and learning and educational technology. Unfortunately, it presents several hurdles to successful implementation. 

Monday, September 02, 2019 - 09:15am
UNT Stats
UNT Defies National Trend
8.2% increase in its online enrollment (from 17,740 students to 19,192 students).

DENTON (UNT), Texas — The University of North Texas is defying national higher education trends with more than 3% growth, according to the latest enrollment numbers.