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 the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at