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July 2020
* important COVID19 FREE Resources page from STARLINK
  • STARLINK Releases for July

20 Minute Mentors:
  • How Do I Create and Implement Microlectures?
  • How Can I Communicate to Engage Students and Encourage Learning?
  • How Can I Create a Meaningful Assignment for My Students?
  • Learner-Centered - Teaching: Where Should I Start?

Trends & Issues:
  • Episode 148: Instructional Design & Professional Development, Hardware & Software, Security & Digital Citizenship, and Online Teaching and Learning
  • Episode 149: Instructional Design & Instructional Strategies, Hardware & Software, Virtual Reality & Augmented Reality, and Online Teaching & Learning

We look forward to seeing you online!
"I believe that education is all about being excited about something. Seeing passion and enthusiasm helps push an educational message .”
- Steve Irwin
After all we’ve been through, it might be reasonable to ask: Why worry about fine-tuning our teaching, now of all times?

What we went through in 2020, after all, was a crisis of epic proportions, one whose repercussions are going to reverberate for years to come. In higher education, most of the focus in the spring and early summer was on bare survival, as we tried to ensure some kind of continuity for students as all of our lives were turned upside down.

This strategy makes sense. But now, as the dust settles from our emergency pivot and we look to what’s next, we can be thinking about what it means to maintain or improve the quality of teaching that we do.

Looking for an easy way to become a better online instructor? At a time when millions of educators have been thrown into remote learning with no formal training, any answer to that question might seem too good to be true.

But for now, some experts say to start simple: Take a short online course, for example, to see what students experience. (The in-depth workshop or multi-day training can come later.)

“It’s one of the easiest things to do to really understand what that environment looks like, feels like and behaves like,” says Kerry Rice, a professor at Boise State University who has studied effective online learning.

Looking for some educational websites to help you with the management of your online (and also face-to-face) classroom teaching? The list below has you covered. It features a collection of some popular web tools you can use to perform a wide variety of educational tasks. These include: creating interactive video lessons, collect formative assessments and provide real-time feedback to students, enhance students learning through the use of digital games and flashcards, create online classes and share assignments and learning resources with students, organize students into appropriate learning groups and many more. Links to these websites are under the visual.

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