Professional Development from STARLINK

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STARLINK extends its thanks to you for making us YOUR professional development resource. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, STARLINK is releasing a power-packed November, stuffed with professional development trainings and all the trimmings - Enjoy!

  • The Futurology of Education/Distance Learning presented by Dr. Fred Lokken and Dr. Mark Milliron
  • Online Learning: OSCQR Rubrics, Content & Activities - Part 3
  • BONUS:Higher Ed Hot Topic Series: "8 Secrets of Career Success" with Don Fraser

Magna 20 Minute Mentor

  • How Do I Get More Students to Participate in Class?
  • What Are the Three Worst Mistakes to Make in the Classroom?
  • How Can I Add Interactivity to My Online Content?
  • How Should I Manage Conflict Within My Department?

Trends & Issues

  • Episode 106: Hardware & Software, Digital Citizenship, Online Teaching and Learning, and Cybersecurity
  • Episode 116: Hardware & Software, Professional Development, Instructional Design, and Research Reports

We look forward to seeing you online!

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"By giving our students practice in talking with others, we give them frames for thinking on their own."
- Lev Semyonovich Vytgotsky

The Important Role of Tech in Closing the Degree Attainment Gap

Matthew Lynch/The Tech Edvocate

Many of the available jobs in today's market require a college education. We currently have plenty of students opting to pursue higher education but very few are leaving with a degree. There is a major disconnect between the attendance rates and the graduation rates at four-year colleges and universities. It is shocking that only 32 percent of students enrolled in colleges complete their degrees within six years at open-admission universities. Our education system needs to do something to help close the significant degree attainment gap.

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Improving Community College Completion Rates by Addressing Structural and Motivational Barriers

By: Elizabeth Mann Levesque/Brookings

Community colleges have the potential to provide students across the United States with viable pathways into good-paying jobs. However, many students who enroll in community college in the United States do not complete a certificate or degree. Specifically, fewer than 40 percent of community college students earn a certificate or degree within six years of enrollment (Bailey et al. 2015). Individuals who do not complete any type of certificate (also referred to as a credential) beyond a high school diploma face dramatically reduced earning potential.

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10 Presentation Tools to Win Over Your Audience

By: Ashutosh KS/HONGKIAT

PowerPoint is one of the most popular presentation tools. However, it lacks interactive features, without which your presentation might become boring enough to lead people to boredom. Well, that's the last thing you wish while creating a presentation, right?

Don't worry, let me introduce you to powerful yet engaging presentation makers. Using these web tools, you can create and design interactive yet beautiful...

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