STAR Symposium – Call for Proposals Closes Soon/ Registration OPEN

Call for Proposals Closes Soon!

There’s still time to submit a proposal to present at the STAR Symposium! This is a state-wide conference focused on teaching and learning best practices. The all day conference is completely virtual – attend and present from your home or campus office. 

Call for proposals is open until November 21. All presenters will receive training related to effective web-based presentation.

Share your Ideas

Do you have an innovative approach 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! The STAR Symposium Planning Committee is seeking proposals  related to best practices and innovation related to teaching, technology, course design, faculty support, etc. for face-to-face, blended, and online courses and/or programs. Check this list for ideas for topics:

– Faculty Development and Support
– Course Design and Delivery
– Grading, Assessment and Feedback
– Student Engagement
– Technology Integration
– Measuring the Impact of Best Practices
– Other Innovations…

The committee is 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 Conference Guide. (

To submit your proposal, please complete this form. The conference planning committee will review all proposals and will contact everyone regarding the status of their proposal in December.

Registration is open!

Check Mark

Registration for the STAR Symposium is managed by Northland Community & Technical College. To register individuals or a group, use the STAR Symposium Registration Link (opens in a new window). The cost to attend the all-day conference is $50 (presenters pay $25).

Use this STAR Symposium Flyer to share this opportunity with colleagues.

May Workshops Added to Schedule

Quality Matters Workshops in May

workshop-1356581_1920Looking for an opportunity to learn more about how to improve the design of your online or blended course? There are several workshop opportunities in May that you may want to consider.

All full-time and part-time instructors from MnSCU institutions are welcome to participate in either the online or face-to-face work-shops.

Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop

The “Improve Your Online Course” workshop explores the QM Rubric and provides a framework to improve the quality of online and blended courses. Participants use the QM Rubric to review their own online or blended course and develop a course improvement plan. The content is based on the eight general standards of the Quality Matters Rubric.  A Certificate of Completion is provided upon completion of the workshop activities.

Pre-requisite: You must have an online or blended course to work on during the workshop. This workshop is not for building a course from scratch.





May 18

10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Central Lakes College, Brainerd

This is a 4-hour face-to-face session.

Cost: $35
(Lunch will be provided)
Workshop Registration Form – May 18
(Registration closes May 12)
May 31 – June 14 Completely ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings. 
Cost: $30


Workshop Registration Form – May 31
(Registration closes May 24)

Applying the Quality Matters Rubric (APPQMR) workshop

This workshop provides an overview of Quality Matters and describes strategies and techniques for assuring quality in the design and development of online courses. As described by QM, <em>the Applying the QM Rubric (APPQMR) workshop is QM’s flagship workshop on the QM Rubric and the process of using the QM Rubric to review online courses. It is intended for a broad audience, including but not limited to faculty, instructional designers, administrators, and adjunct instructors who wish to understand more about the QM Rubric and process of course review. The APPQMR is the pre-requisite for the Peer Reviewer Course, which is the required course to become a QM Peer Reviewer.

Quality Matters most directly applies to online and blended courses, but is also applicable to web-enhanced and face-to-face courses. A Certificate of Completion is provided upon completion of the workshop activities.

Pre-requisites: None.





May 24

8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Ridgewater College

This is a 7.5-hour face-to-face session.

Cost: $40
(lunch on your own)
Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes May 17)
May 31 – June 14 Completely ONLINE
This is a 2-week facilitated online workshop with no class meetings.
$40 Workshop Registration Form
(Registration closes May 24)

Contact us with questions. (Elizabeth McMahon or Robin O’Callaghan)

Information about other workshop opportunities and information about Quality Matters in Minnesota can be found here: