Professional Development from STARLINK

News and Updates

Need some thought-provoking refreshers this spring? Take a look at STARLINK. We have many sources providing high quality, innovative courses empowering student success.

STARLINK Professional Development Training is offering three new courses this month:

  • "Managing Conflict in the Classroom"
  • "Tech Integration Tips and Tricks"
  • Our monthly webinar co-presented with the NUTN Network, "Creating Student - Developed Professional Development Website"

Sound exciting? Well, you can find more products like these in our course catalog.

We look forward to seeing you online!

"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it."" - Aristotle
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Professors as Purveyors of Praise

By: Domenick Scudera

Oklahoma Wesleyan University President Everett Piper posted a message on his college's website titled "This Is Not a Day Care. It's a University!" in response to a student who was offended during a sermon and feeling victimized. He declared that his university is not a "safe place" and excoriated the student for being self-absorbed and narcissistic. With a tough-love stance, he recommended that the sensitive student considerd going elsewhere for his education.

Students in higher education are becoming increasingly vocal and powerful with requests for more sensitivity to their needs.

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Looking Beyond the Data to Help Students Succeed

By: Katherine Mangan

If Santa Monica College had relied solely on data analytics to predict whether Jaime J. would succeed, the picture would have looked bleak. He was, after all, a financially struggling, first-generation Hispanic student who was juggling a job with classes. His math skills were shaky.

But there was more to the picture than that. Using a 30-minute online assessment that focuses on noncognitive skills, advisers at the two-year institution in Southern California learned that Jaime was also a conscientious student with good study habits who had long dreamed of becoming a computer engineer.

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Microsoft To Launch "Minecraft Education Edition" For Classrooms This Summer, Following Acquisition Of Learning Game

By: Sarah Perez

Microsoft is further expanding on its investment in Minecraft, bought in 2014 for $2.5 billion, by acquiring a learning game called MinecraftEdu for an undisclosed sum. The game, produced by a company called Teacher Gaming LLC, allows teachers to use Minecraft in the classroom, and includes a library of lessons and activities used to teach subjects including STEM, history, language, and art. Microsoft says it will use this acquisition to build out its own "Minecraft Education Edition," which will launch into free trials as of this summer.

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