Thursday, October 15, 2020

By Melissa Vasquez


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – From across the globe ­– Turkey, Sweden, Canada, and the Rio Grande Valley – individuals joined the virtual conversation in the first installment of UTRGV’s new series – The Frontier – that put a spotlight on “E-Learning in the Age of COVID-19.”

Led by two experts in the field of online learning – Robert G. Doyle, U.S. representative of the International Council for Educational Media, and Badrul H. Khan, author and educator focused on web-based training and educational technology – the live Facebook event discussed how the education world has changed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Khan said this is the time to bring about innovation in education, and students, parents, and educators should embrace the change as we find ourselves living in two worlds – the physical and digital worlds. 

“Online education is a new paradigm, a new way of thinking,” he said.

The goal of The Frontier series is to bring industry leaders together to have a thought-provoking and interactive conversations on the hot topics affecting society. 

This virtual event was hosted by the UTRGV Graduate College.

Also participating in the webinar were associate professors from the Department of Teaching and Learning, Dr. Maria Elena Valdes-Corbeil and Dr. Rene Corbeil, and Dr. Parwinder Grewal, executive vice president for Research, Graduate Studies, and New Program Development.

To learn about future live streams from The Frontier, sign up at


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) was created by the Texas Legislature in 2013 as the first major public university of the 21st century in Texas. This transformative initiative provided the opportunity to expand educational opportunities in the Rio Grande Valley, including a new School of Medicine, and made it possible for residents of the region to benefit from the Permanent University Fund – a public endowment contributing support to the University of Texas System and other institutions.

UTRGV has campuses and off-campus research and teaching sites throughout the Rio Grande Valley including in Boca Chica Beach, Brownsville (formerly The University of Texas at Brownsville campus), Edinburg (formerly The University of Texas-Pan American campus), Harlingen, McAllen, Port Isabel, Rio Grande City, and South Padre Island. UTRGV, a comprehensive academic institution, enrolled its first class in the fall of 2015, and the School of Medicine welcomed its first class in the summer of 2016.