STAR Symposium 2017 Wrap-up

Thank you to Presenters and Participants

Thanks to all who worked to make the 2017 STAR Symposium a great success and to all of the presenters and participants from across the United States and Canada. The all-day virtual conference was held February 10, 2017. Here’s a quick summary of the day:

  • The day started with a Keynote by Dr. Rajiv Jhangiani (Kwantlen Polytechnic University) on the importance of moving towards the use of open educational practices in our courses. His session, Innovating with Openness: Changing Our Approach, was recorded and is meant to be shared.
  • The symposium featured twenty concurrent sessions that were delivered via four virtual meeting rooms throughout the day. A full list of sessions and presenters can be viewed in the STAR Symposium Conference Guide.
  • The day concluded with a Featured Session by Dr. Hope Nordstrom & Keith O’Neal (both from Lipscomb University). Their session, EduBytes- The Digital Tool Buffet, was also recorded.
  • There were 185 participants including participants from twenty-four Minnesota State Colleges and Universities, the University of Minnesota and from twenty other institutions.
  • Altogether, there were participants and presenters from eighteen different states.
  • star-symposium-7New at this year’s symposium were the conference badges that were awarded to participants and presenters. Committee members also received a special badge.

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Featured Session at STAR 2017: “EduBytes: The Digital Tool Buffet”

Dr. Hope Nordstrom and Keith O’Neill, both from Lipscomb University will be doing the closing session at the 2017 STAR Symposium. Here’s what their session “EduBytes: The Digital Tool Buffet” will address:

In today’s society, relationships and socialization matter in active learning! Connectedness and collaboration are important for many students’ learning experiences. How can instructors maximize the power of digital tools to cultivate active learning and student engagement. In this Featured Session, we will peruse the digital tool buffet and sample a collection of tools just right for cultivating student engagement for your course! We will start with an “appetizer” of general strategies, move to an “entree” of digital tools, and end with sweet “dessert” application to our own courses. These “dishes” can be used to enhance any online, blended or face-to-face course.

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