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News and Updates

STARLINK has been busy this summer. We are planning our 2015-16 schedule and releasing new and exciting programs. We are adding a webinar series through our partner National University Technology Network (NUTN). The first live webinar, Competency Based Education, was held on June 17, 2015. If you missed it, it can be found in our course catalog. Remember to register for the next webinar, The Gamer Educator, on July 15th at 1:00 P.M. CDT.

Additionally, we've added an exclusive short overview presentation, "Accommodating Students with Disabilities Online".

All these bonus programs can be found at www.starlinktraining.org

STARLINK online professional development, is your partner in preparing faculty and staff and bolstering student success.

 
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The 4 Properties of Powerful Teachers

By: Rob Jenkins

American higher education seems to be experiencing a kind of teaching renaissance. Articles on the subject proliferate on this site and others, suggesting a renewed interest and commitment to the subject across academe.


As a faculty member for almost 30 years, I have been inspired and motivated by all of the online chatter. It's made me think about the great teachers I've known - and I've known many, from kindergarten through graduate school and beyond. Several taught in my department when I served as chair, and I had the pleasure of observing them at work.


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15 Assistive Technology Tools & Resources For Students With Disabilities

By: Brian Neese

According to the National Education Association (NEA), the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs has risen 30 percent over the past 10 years. Additionally, the NEA reports that nearly every general education classroom in the country includes students with disabilities, as three out of every four students with disabilities spends part or all of their school day in a general education classroom.


But as the number of students in special education programs has increased, the supply of special education instructors has not kept pace. Based on the Department of Education's Teacher Shortage Area Nationwide Listing, 47 states in the 2014-15 school year were in need of special education instructors.


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How to Foster Critical Thinking, Student Engagement in Online Discussions

By: Rob Kelly

Threaded discussions can provide excellent opportunities for students to engage in critical thinking. But critical thinking isn't an automatic feature of these discussions. It needs to be nurtured through clear expectations, carefully crafted questions, timely and useful feedback, and creative facilitation.


In an interview with Online Classroom, Texas Tech University instructors Marcus Tanner, Jillian Yarbrough, and Andrea McCourt discussed some of the principles of designing and managing threaded discussions that have helped their students engage the material and each other in productive discussions.


 

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STARLINK Teaching Tip

The "how-to" advice that you can implement right away!

Teaching Tips are brief programs that will help you to tackle classroom challenges. They are Free to all educators.

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