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STAR-Online is an online, interactive, self-paced, staff development model, which allows participants to gain knowledge and skills in the applications of educational technology. All educators including teachers, administrators, technology consultants, media specialists, and support staff can participate in quality online modules and access resources on current and emerging topics relevant in today's classrooms.
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STAR-Online courses are categorized under the five ISTE NETS for Teachers 2008: Student Learning and Creativity, Digital-Age Learning Experiences & Assessments, Digital-Age Work & Learning and Digital Citizenship & Responsibility. Professional Growth & Leadership is covered in all of the STAR-Online courses. ISTE NETS for Teachers 2008 focuses on pre-service teacher education and provides a framework for implementing technologies in teaching and learning that has been widely used in universities, state departments of education, and school districts across the nation.

STAR-Online offers:

  • Over 30 proven online modules focusing on the use of technology in the classroom
  • Online support to educators, as well as to mentors and technology/staff development planners
  • Online resources with links to relevant sites
  • Custom reports for districts/schools to assess need, use, and effectiveness of the online training

STAR-Online will continue to meet pressing technology needs, overcoming geographic isolation and limited resources by expanding its content and resources.

STAR-Online is a comprehensive, collaborative, communication system, which provides a rich array of individualized training available to educators anytime, anyplace - thereby building capacity at individual, classroom, regional, state, and national levels.

CLICK HERE for a list of STAR-Online Modules with Contact Hours/CPDU information

CPDU Information (Illinois Teachers Only)

  • STAR-Online is an ISBE Approved Professional Development Provider for Teacher Certification Renewal! (Provider #100090) 
  • ISBE required verification forms will be available upon request at the completion of each module! 

    If you have questions, contact STAR-Online at 309-298-2444 or email at

Graduate Credit

Western Illinois University Graduate Course

Western Illinois University Graduate Course
IDT 573 Online Professional Development: Application of Technologies in the Pre-K-12 Classroom
Office for Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology
College of Education and Human Services
Western Illinois University

Spring 2011
STAR Registration Number
2 graduate credits per semester
(This class may be repeated for up to 4 semesters for a total of 8 graduate credits.)

Instructor: Debbie Danner

For course information, contact:
Debbie Danner
Horrabin Hall 113
Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-2444 x 296

Spring 2011 Important Dates to remember:
Course Beginning date: January 18, 2011
Last Open Registration date: january 21, 2011
Last Restricted Registration date: March 27, 2011
Last Drop Date: April 21, 2011
Course Ending date: May 6, 2011

Start Date: Begin on or after January 18, 2011

End Date: All coursework must be completed and submitted by May 6, 2011

Drop Date: The last drop date for Fall classes is April 21, 2011.


For tuition costs refer to Unless you are taking other classes at WIU, scroll down to Non-Guaranteed Graduate Student Rate valid Fall 2010, Spring 2011 and Summer 2011. There will also be a one-time transcript fee of $15.00(as of Fall 2010) upon proof of a bachelor's degree. All students taking graduate classes will be charged a one-time, non-refundable $30.00 application fee. Contact the Registrar’s at (309)298-1891 with questions about tuition and other university fees. Please do not submit payment with registration. The university will bill you separately. Fees subject to change due to actions by the Board of Trustees.

Course Description

Studies leading to applications of Instructional Technology and Telecommunications that emphasize competency development in a specialized area, such as: distance learning, curriculum integration, presentations systems, and multimedia techniques. Course includes the completion of a project. Does not apply to degree plan.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing

WIU Mission Statement

The mission of Western Illinois University is to provide the premier undergraduate and graduate education among all public universities in Illinois and, in selected disciplines, beyond Illinois' borders.


To participate in this class, registrants must have basic computer skills, access to the Internet/WWW, a bachelor's degree, be admitted into the WIU graduate school (transcripts required), and be a registered user of STAR-Online.

In this asynchronous course, students will gain technology skills that can be applied in their classroom. All of the instruction will be delivered via online modules through STAR-Online through the Internet. Online support will be available by contacting Debbie Danner (

Graduate Admission To be accepted as a graduate student, go to to apply online, or
contact the School of Graduate Studies at:
1 University Circle
Memorial Hall 237
Macomb, IL 61455-1390.
Phone: 309/298-1806

Course Assignments

  1. Complete a staff development plan.
  2. Complete 3 online staff development modules, integrating each into an educational setting.
  3. Complete the Internet and Computer Safety, Privacy and Protection module.
  4. Write a reflection paper.

Download the Course Syllabus as a PDF file (Spring 2011)

Registration Information

Download the Course Registration Form as a PDF file


Office for Partnerships, Professional Development, and Technology
College of Education and Human Services
Western Illinois University
Horrabin Hall 113, One University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455
(309) 298-2444 , Fax (309) 298-2012