Information Webinar: STARTALK Digital Learning Institute for Critical Language Educators

Join us for an informational webinar highlighting the upcoming Digital Learning Institute for Critical Language Educators. This webinar will showcase an overview of the Institute, including hands-on learning experiences, integration of industry standards, and opportunities for professional growth. Funded by the National Security Agency STARTALK program, the Institute will also provide language educators the opportunity to showcase their work, earn a digital credential from the Online Learning Consortium, network with other critical language educators, and receive a stipend upon completion. With limited spots available, interested educators are encouraged to apply soon to elevate their teaching and contribute to the broader language education community. 

Intended Audience: 

Language teachers of Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Persian-Farsi, or Russian

Key Takeaways:

  • Highly-Regarded Program: Commissioned by a 17-year grant program funded by the National Security Agency STARTALK program
  • Community Showcase: Publish your work as a resource for language educators
  • Digital Credential: Highlight your expertise with the Online Learning Consortium 
  • Stipend: $250 stipend for completing your professional development
  • Flexible Schedule: Intensive but manageable time commitment in a virtual format across seven weeks, requiring synchronous and asynchronous engagement daily
  • Expert GuidanceLearn from leaders in digital learning and language education

Ready to Apply?

Speaker Bio
Angela Gunder, Ph.D.

CAO & Vice President of Learning – Online Learning Consortium

Dr. Angela Gunder is the Chief Academic Officer and Vice President of Learning for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC). In this role, she is responsible for gathering, curating, and leveraging the intellectual capital created by and disseminated through OLC. Prior to her position at the OLC, Angela served as the Director of Instructional Design & Curriculum Development for the Office of Digital Learning at The University of Arizona, managing and mentoring the team that builds the fully online programs for the university. Her decades-long career as a designer for higher education informs her instructional design practice, where she leverages her expertise in web design, usability, visual communication, programming, and standards-based online learning. Angela holds a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning, and Sociocultural Studies from the University of Arizona.
Josh Herron, Ph.D.

Director of Professional Learning – Online Learning Consortium

As Director of Professional Learning, Josh guides the strategy and operations of OLC’s Institute for Professional Development. He has over twelve years of higher education leadership and instructional experience. He has also published and presented widely on higher education practices, pedagogical research, and interdisciplinary scholarship. Josh holds a Ph.D. in Rhetorics, Communication, and Information Design from Clemson University and an M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Colette Chelf, Ed.D.

Director of Grants – Online Learning Consortium

Colette A. Chelf, Ed.D. serves as Director of Grants for the Online Learning Consortium where she scopes and manages a diverse portfolio of grant-funded projects. She brings over 20 years of experience to OLC as a project manager and learning strategist in educational, corporate, and government sectors. Colette’s entrepreneurial spirit guides her work focusing on transformative change through creative problem-solving and teamwork. She is passionate about providing educational opportunities to all learners by building strategic partnerships to develop and scale inclusive educational resources and services. She holds an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Western Kentucky University.

Zeren Eder

Assistant Director of Consulting & Project Management – Online Learning Consortium

Zeren Eder has over 20 years of experience in higher education and has been designing, developing, and facilitating online and blended courses since 2005. Prior to joining OLC in 2010, Zeren worked as faculty in various institutions teaching and designing face-to-face, blended, and online courses. Zeren holds a BA in Education with an emphasis in English, an MA in Linguistics, and ABD status in English Literature.