Professional Development from STARLINK

News and Updates

STARLINK presents a power-packed October! We have grown our output to maximize your professional development training.

  • Title IX, presented by Susan Strauss RN, Ed.D
  • Online Learning: OSCQR Rubrics, Design & Layout- Part 2
  • Completing FAFSA Training

Magna 20 Minute Mentor

  • What Three Things Could I Do to Improve My Blended Course?
  • How Can I Inspire Creative Confidence in the Classroom?
  • How Can I Make My Course Content More Accessible?

Trends & Issues

  • Episode 105: Hardware & Software, Digital Citizenship, Online Teaching and Learning, and Net Neutrality
  • Episode 115: Professional Development, Hardware & Software, Assistive Technology, and Instructional Design

We look forward to seeing you online!

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"Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."
- John F. Kennedy

Report: 'Colleges Need to Better Inform Students of Tradeoffs Between Working and Learning'

Sydney Johnson/EdSurge

It's no secret that most people can't work their way through college anymore. And while many students still juggle a job, a new report highlights why that's even tougher for those who are low-income.

"Low-income working learners are going to school more and working more hours, yet struggling to make it," the report, which was released on Tuesday by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce, states. "They have been failed by an education system that perpetuates intergenerational inequality."

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Can Text Message Nudges Improve Academic Outcomes in College?

By: Matthew Lynch/The Tech Advocate

Most college students spend a good portion of their day flipping through social media, responding to emails, and answering text messages on their phones. The time they spend absorbing this information has led many schools to wonder whether simple text message nudges could improve academic outcomes for students. The goal of these campaigns is to give students access to simplified information, short pieces of encouragement, and opportunities to meet with faculty privately.

While the premise of these text message nudges sounds great, does it really work to improve the test scores and academic standings of the students? Some schools have already tried to evaluate the outcomes, so let's take a closer look at their results.

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The 3D 'microbatteries' that could power ultra-low energy wearables

By: Jamie Carter/techradar

Fitness trackers, smartwatches, clever earpieces and other incredible wearablesare the first wave in a new era in electronics. Most are hamstrung by limited battery power, so the next wave - an army of tiny sensors that autonomously transfer data to other devices, better known as the Internet of Things (IoT) - will rely on a revolution in battery technology. Cue 3D microbatteries.

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