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Welcome back! Dr. Ken Bain searched the nation to find the best college teachers who demonstrated enormous success in fostering deep learning in their students. In an exclusive STARLINK release on September 1, Dr. Ken Bain shares his findings, common traits, best practices, and much more regarding “What the Best College Teachers Do”.

In addition, please join STARLINK for a live webinar with Dr. Ken Bain on September 8, 10:00AM CDT . Register here:

Here is a peek at additional STARLINK courses releasing on October 1st:

  • Open Educational Resources
  • Creating Engaging Lessons Online
  • Featured webinar: "Open Educational Resources", presented by Gary Abernethy, Lumen

We look forward to seeing you online!

"An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest." - Benjamin Franklin

101 Things You Can Do in the First Three Weeks of Class

By: Joyce Povlacs Lunde

Beginnings are important. Whether it is a large introductory course for freshmen or an advanced course in the major field, it makes good sense to start the semester off well. Students will decide very early--some say the first day of class--whether they will like the course, its contents, the teacher, and their fellow students.

The following list is offered in the spirit of starting off right. It is a catalog of suggestions for college teachers who are looking for fresh ways of creating the best possible environment for learning. Not just the first day, but the first three weeks of a course are especially important, studies say, in retaining capable students.

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The Absolute Worst Way to Start the Semester

By: Kevin Gannon

"Are you keeping us for the whole time today? Because I need to leave in 20 minutes," asked a student with a baffled expression on his face. As I looked at him, I wanted so badly to explain: Of all the ways you could have chosen to introduce yourself on the first day of class, that was not the optimal one.

At my university - as was the case at other institutions where I've taught - students call the first day of class "Syllabus Day." Their expectation is that they'll show up, the professor will hand out the syllabus, go through maybe 10 minutes' worth of housekeeping stuff, and then turn them loose until the course really starts later in the week.

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Free 'Clickers' for All: Using Google Forms to Survey Your Students

By: Michael J. LaGier Ph.D.

As many educators are, I am interested in exploring methods that provide real-time, formative assessment in the classroom. Being a teacher of such courses as microbiology, microbial genomics, and immunology, which are dense in jargon and abstract concepts, I need to be able to quickly get a snapshot of how well my students are grasping important ideas or concepts. My students also need this information in order to assess their own learning. To this end, I started exploring the use of personal response systems, or "clickers," as a method for rapid classroom assessment.

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