STAR Symposium 2019 – Call for Proposals is Open!

The STAR Symposium Planning Committee invites you to be part of this award-winning virtual conference!

The 2019 STAR Symposium will be held Friday, February 8, 2019. The conference planning committee invites you to submit your presentation proposal to share your ideas for teaching and learning in face-to-face, blended and online courses.

coffee-1869820_1920We’re hoping you’ll share your ideas and approaches for engaging your students, managing your classroom, integrating best practices or collaborating for improvement. This is your opportunity to share the innovative work you’re doing at your institution, for your department, and in your classroom! Proposals for presentations related to the following topics are being sought:

  • Best Practices in Teaching and Learning
  • Course Design and Delivery
  • Grading, Assessment, and Feedback
  • Student Engagement
  • Technology Integration
  • Faculty Development and Support
  • Other Teaching Innovations…

We are seeking both 50-minute and 25-minute presentations which will be offered concurrently. Individuals looking for information about the types of sessions offered last year are encouraged to review the STAR 2018 Conference Guide.

Conference presentation proposals will be accepted until November 16, 2018. All proposals will be reviewed with acceptance decisions announced in early December. Presenters are expected to register for the conference and will be given a reduced presenter rate.

Submit your proposal today!

What Works Well in Online Teaching – A Resource for Faculty

Over the last year, members of the Faculty Development Committee (a statewide standing committee of the Academic Affairs Council) have worked to create a document to promote reflection and dialogue about effective online teaching practices.

What Works Well in Online Teaching Brochure coverAccess this resource at

The document provides:

  • A description of effective practices specific to instruction delivered online
  • Guidance for new and experienced online or hybrid/blended instructors
  • An opportunity for reflection and dialogue about online teaching
  • An opportunity to align online courses or course components with shared standards of best practice and instructional design principles

What Works Well in Online Teaching” by the Minnesota State Faculty Development Committee, Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 / A derivative from the original work developed by the Portland Community College Distance Learning Advisory Council.

Special shout out to the following Minnesota State faculty who worked to bring this together for all of us in the system:

  • Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Community College and the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative
  • Amy Jo Swing, Lake Superior College
  • Jennifer Veltsos, Minnesota State University, Mankato

A note of thanks to Portland Community College for creating the original document, creative commons licensing it, and sharing it publicly on their website.