STAR Symposium Committee Receives Excellence Award

The STAR Symposium Committee received an “Overall-in-All” Excellence Award at the 2018 Minnesota eLearning Summit. The committee received the award for the work they’ve done to plan and successfully implement the STAR Symposium All Day Virtual Teaching and Learning Conference for the past three years. The “overall-in-all” designation indicates excellence in all three award categories: innovation, collaboration, and impact.

eLearning Summit 2018

The STAR Symposium is a virtual one-day conference hosted annually by the Minnesota Online Quality Initiative (MOQI). Coordinated by the MOQI Coordinators (Elizabeth McMahon and Robin O’Callaghan), the STAR Symposium celebrates excellence in teaching and learning by providing an avenue for individuals to share best practices, ideas, and resources with colleagues within and outside of Minnesota. The Symposium includes a keynote address, featured session, and multiple concurrent sessions in an easy-to-navigate format that provides participants opportunities to learn and share strategies that positively impact face-to-face, blended, and online courses and/or programs.

The idea for the STAR Symposium grew out of a desire to find better ways for faculty from Minnesota State institutions to share and learn about effective practices in teaching and learning. Lacking resources to provide a face-to-face conference, the MOQI Coordinators assembled a team to design and deliver the STAR Symposium as a low-cost, virtual, interactive one-day conference. A radical departure from a traditional conference, this required creativity and imagination to build an infrastructure, market and sell the value of the new idea, and provide supports to presenters and participants to ensure a high-quality, user-friendly, engaging experience. After only three years, the very successful Symposium has expanded beyond system borders to include national and international presenters and participants.

The award was given to the following individuals to recognize their contributions, creativity and innovation, exceptional collaboration, and extraordinary impact on teaching and learning:

Elizabeth McMahon, Northland Community and Technical College
Dorinda Sorvig, Northland Community and Technical College
Robin O’Callaghan, Winona State University
Mary O’Brien, Winona State University
Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest, Winona State University
Angie Anderson, Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Miki Huntington, Minneapolis Community College
Carla Johanson, Distance Minnesota Support Center
Kimberly Johnson, Minnesota State System Office
Carrie Miller, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Darcy Turner, University of St. Thomas
Roseann Wolak, Saint Cloud State University

Thank You to our Peer Reviewers!

The Minnesota Online Quality Initiative manages official Quality Matters course reviews for the Colleges and Universities of Minnesota State. Official QM course reviews are completed by review teams that consist of three individuals – all are experienced online faculty who have been certified as Peer Reviewers or Master Reviewers by Quality Matters. These individuals choose to share their time and expertise to provide advice and ideas for improving courses at their sister institutions.

We want to thank and recognize the individuals who’ve participated as Peer Reviewers and Master Reviewers in the past year on official QM course reviews. Their time and dedication to this project makes a huge impact on the course quality and the learning environment for students.

Individuals from Minnesota State institutions are listed by institution in alphabetical order. (Most review teams also include reviewers from institutions outside of Minnesota.) If we’ve missed anyone, we apologize and hope you’ll let us know immediately so corrections can be made.

Institution

Peer/ Master Reviewers

Anoka Technical College Diana Gander-Ostrander, Master Reviewer
Anoka-Ramsey Community College Angie Anderson, Master Reviewer
Bemidji State University Mahmoud Al-Odeh, Master Reviewer
Mary Fairbanks
Century College Kelly Donahue, Master Reviewer
Hennepin Technical College Carmen Price
Jenessa Gerling, Master Reviewer
Lamia Jano
Karen LaPlant
Jane Sprangers, Master Reviewer
Hibbing Community College Katherine Brau, Master Reviewer
Inver Hills Community College Hamid Kazeroony, Master Reviewer
Julie Luker
Carrie Naughton, Master Reviewer
Katherine Nelson
Metropolitan State University Renee Cedarberg, Master Reviewer
Minneapolis Community and Technical College Miki Huntington
Jennifer Malarski, Master Reviewer
Elizabeth Pauly
Cheryl Neudauer
Minnesota State Community and Technical College Teresa Beacom, Master Reviewer
Minnesota State University, Mankato Queen Booker, Master Reviewer
Aaron Deris
Patricia Nelson, Master Reviewer
Laura Schwarz
Emily Stark, Master Reviewer
Minnesota State University, Moorhead Pamela McGee
Rebecca Rudel
Julie Zaloudek, Master Reviewer
Normandale Community College Xiaosheng Li, Master Reviewer
North Hennepin Dana Botz
Northland Community and Technical College Mary Amundson, Master Reviewer
Jennifer Dahlen, Master Reviewer
Dorinda Sorvig, Master Reviewer
Barbara Weber, Master Reviewer
Riverland Community College Sheryl Barton, Master Reviewer
Melissa Diegnau
Daniel Wirkus, Master Reviewer
Rochester Community and Technical College Tara Hammill
Saint Cloud State University Omar Al-Azzam, Master Reviewer
Hector Antunez
Kristen Carlson, Master Reviewer
Cari Kenner
Mehdi Mekni, Master Reviewer
Rachel Wexelbaum, Master Reviewer
Victoria Williams
Roseann Wolak
South Central College  Jane Greathouse, Master Reviewer
Southwest Minnesota State University Nancyruth Liebold, Master Reviewer
St Cloud Technical and Community College Susan Engel, Master Reviewer
Susan Schlicht, Master Reviewer
Winona State University Jane Carducci, Master Reviewer
Mary O’Brien, Master Reviewer
Robin O’Callaghan, Master Reviewer
Aurea Osgood
Jenny Prochnow
Rita Rahoi-Gilchrest, Master Reviewer
Tanya Ryan
Gregory Richard