Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani will Keynote the 2017 STAR Symposium

dr-rajiv_jhangianiDr. Jhangiani is the Keynote Presenter at the 2017 STAR Symposium. His presentation “Innovating with Openness: Changing Our Approach” introduces the idea of open educational practices and makes an evidence-based case for how this approach to teaching and learning serves not just social justice but also pedagogical innovation.

A college education holds great promise as a vehicle for economic and social mobility as it provides students with the knowledge and skills they need for success throughout their life and career. However, too often this promise goes begging because higher education itself is often structured in a way that reinforces existing social inequalities. Dr. Jhangiani will share his experience and insights into how simple steps towards embracing open educational practices can make a significant difference for students and instructors. Continue reading

Dr. L. Dee Fink Will Provide Keynote at STAR Symposium

STAR Symposium LogoThe STAR Symposium is just a month away and the conference schedule is almost final!  Register to attend this virtual conference and spend the day learning from colleagues without having to leave home.  The STAR Symposium will be held February 19, 2016 from 8:30 – 4 PM. Registration is open!

Dr. L. Dee Fink will be the keynote speaker for the STAR Symposium. He will be joining us virtually to start the day with a keynote address. Dr. Fink currently works as a national and international consultant on college teaching and faculty development.  In the past several years, he has been invited to 15 countries outside the United States to lead workshops or make presentations. He is well-known as the author of “Creating Significant Learning Experiences: An Integrated Approach to Designing College Courses.”

In addition to the keynote, the day will include a number of both 50-minute and 25-minute concurrent sessions to choose from. Sessions include a mix of topics and will be delivered using three different virtual rooms. Here’s a preview of some of the sessions and presenters on the agenda:

  • Community of Inquiry
    Bethany Simunich, Kent State University
  • Gamifying Your Online course using D2L Brightspace Tools
    Carrie Miller & Jeff Henline, Minnesota State University, Mankato
  • Video, The New Paper
    Norb Thomes, Winona State University
  • Creating a Learning Environment That Promotes Student Engagement in an Online Course
    Stacey Rosenberg, Southern New Hampshire University
  • The D2L Brightspace Learning Object Repository (LOR): What is it and how can I use it?
    Deb McManimon & J.C. Turner, Riverland Community College
  • Using Web Conferencing Tools for more than Online Teaching 
    Patrick Paulson, Winona State University

We hope you’ll join us on February 19, 2016 for this first ever STAR Symposium. Registration is open!