STAR Students Available for Technology Projects

SMU STAR ProgramThe Student Technology Assistant in Residence (STAR) Program is available to work with faculty and academic departments on short-term instructional technology projects. STAR students handle the technical stuff, allowing you to focus on the content. Michael RobertsonAcademic Technology Services Director for Dedman College, manages the STAR Program.

Since the program restarted in August 2016, STAR students have completed many projects, including creating interactive PDFs, digitizing and curating video for delivery in Canvas, creating dynamic-animated PPT slides, providing short-term Web development services, and producing original videos that promote future course offerings and research opportunities.

STAR students are available to work with any SMU faculty member that needs assistance on a short-term instructional technology project. Projects are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis, and STAR students are available during the academic year except during reading days, finals, and breaks. To learn more about the SMU STAR Program or request STAR assistance, go to

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.