Undergraduate Education Program

University of Texas at Austin

Andy Ellington
Austin, TX
June 2015

Building on the successful model of UT-Austin’s Freshman Research Initiative, a new team proposes to further transform undergraduate education by integrating research and teaching missions in the form of a new type of class, the Technology Stream, and a new type of educational position, the “technology educator” (TE).  Technology Streams will involve undergraduates in working on cutting-edge, technically demanding, authentic projects in fields such as bioinformatics, computational fashion design, and learning analytics.  TEs will be postdoctoral-level staff members associated with University facilities or technology centers.  Through their Stream experience, students will develop technological knowledge and skills that will prepare them to be competitive in the job market and to pursue a variety of postgraduate career paths.

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